GAME RECAP: WVU at Kansas - WVU Football, WVU Basketball, News - Mountaineer Sports


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Ryan Petrovich, MORGANTOWN -

West Virginia's winning streak came to end on Saturday. The Mountaineers on the road fell to the eighth ranked Kansas Jayhawks 83-69.

Remi Dibo found West Virginia's first points of the game by knocking down a three from the top of the key while Juwan Staten drove lane and finished the old fashion three point play. West Virginia led Kansas 6-4 with 16:45 remaining in the first half.

Andrew Wiggins brought the lead back to the Jayhawks as he found two quick scores from the paint. A dunk and layup gave Kansas the 10-8 lead with 14:44 to play in the first.

"Wiggins did a great job," said head coach Bob Huggins. "It crippled us today because Terry [Henderson] didn't do generally what Terry does and Remi [Dibo] didn't make any. It was hard to score. We didn't make open shots."

Kansas continued to pound the ball inside as Tarik Black finished off an "and-one" play. West Virginia's forwards found themselves in foul trouble as Kevin Noreen, Brandon Watkins and Devin Williams all picked-up early fouls.

"We don't have anyone to throw the ball to inside," Huggins said. "We turned it over way too much, 14 times is too much. We had more unforced turnovers than we usually have."

Eron Harris continued his hot shooting streak by knocking down three threes for the Mountaineers to give them the lead. The Mountaineers led the Jayhawks 22-19 with 10:45 to play in the first.

After back and forth action, the Jayhawks climbed back into it after an alley oop dunk from Wiggins to Black, the Jayhawks led the Mountaineers 31-30 with 5:18 to play. 

After two consecutive West Virginia turnovers, Kansas' Wayne Selden Jr. knocked down a three from the corner. The Jayhawks extended their lead to 34-30 with 4:03 remaining in the first.

The Jayhawks shot 28-51 (55 percent) from the field while West Virginia shot 19-48 (40 percent) from the field. Staten led the Mountaineers in scoring with 22 and Wiggins led the Jayhawks with 19 points.

Kansas went on a 12-2 run with 2:30 remaining the first. The Mountaineers begin to fall behind as the Jayhawks led 39-32 late in the first half.

The late run in the second half allowed Kansas to take a 43-36 lead into halftime. The Mountaineers hit a shooting a drought midway through the first half. West Virginia was unable to hit a field goal during the final seven and a half minutes of the first half.  

"There was certain point in the game where we couldn't make shots," said Harris. "We got to play more patient on offense, on top of good defense. We'll be fine."

Kansas extended their lead after two early free throws from Wiggins but Staten finished another three point play to bring the score to 41-46 still in favor of Kansas with 17:12 left in the game.

Nathan Adrian buried a three from the top of the key to bring the Mountaineers within two. Adrian's three put the score at 46-44, Kansas with 16:07 remaining in the game.

The Mountaineers shot 6-23 (26 percent) from beyond the arc as the Jayhawks shot 4-14 (29 percent) from the same spot.

Frank Mason extended the Jayhawk's lead after driving the lane and finishing off the three point play. The Jayhawks led the Mountaineers 51-46 with 14:00 remaining.

Dibo for the Mountaineers and Joel Embiid for the Jayhawks traded free throws. The foul shooting put the score at 57-52 Kansas with 11:26 left to play.

Selden hit a three for the Jayhawks as Kansas begin to take control. The Jayhawks extended their lead to 9, 62-53 with 9:50 remaining.

After an air ball from Harris the Jayhawks found their selves at the free throw line once more. The Jayhawks possessed their largest lead of the game. Kansas led West Virginia by ten, 66-56 with 7:18 remaining in the game.

"We just need to cut down on the mental mistakes and the defensive break downs," said Staten. "We look forward to playing them again."

Gary Browne kept the Mountaineers alive by draining a three but another foul on Williams put Wiggins at the line. Wiggins hit one of two from the line to maintain Kansas' lead. The Jayhawks led the Mountaineers 69-63 with 5:44 left in the game.

Kansas quickly turned things around; jumping out to a 13 point lead after Selden Jr. hit a midrange jumper. The Jayhawks led the Mountaineers 79-66 with 2:25 remaining in the game.

"They went on a roll," said Harris. "It seemed like we couldn't do anything about it."

Kansas went on to beat West Virginia 83-69.

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