In the first game without now-dismissed forwards Esa Ahmad and Wesley Harris, WVU men’s basketball’s offense reached a new season-low in a 78-53 loss at Kansas.
The Mountaineers netted just 16 points in the first half – their worst output of the season – and trailed the Jayhawks by 27 at the break. WVU shot just below 34 percent on the day, while Kansas converted nearly 53 percent of its attempts.
While the Jayhawks (20-6, 9-4) gained ground on Kansas State in the Big 12 standings, the loss for West Virginia (10-15, 2-10) marked the continuation of a disappointing season.
Lamont West and Chase Harler each scored 11 points for WVU. Derek Culver added nine points and 12 rebounds. But with the Mountaineers’ two minutes leaders no longer with the team, and four of their top six scorers inactive for a number of reasons, WVU trailed for the final 34:19 of the game.
Five players reached double figures for the Jayhawks.
West Virginia’s next game is Monday at 9 p.m. vs. K-State. The Mountaineers lost after blowing a 21-point advantage to the Wildcats on the road earlier this season.