FINAL: No. 16 West Virginia falls to No. 3 Kansas, 60-53

WVU Men's Basketball

West Virginia in Lawrence for their 18th meeting with Kansas since their move to the Big 12 aiming for another victory over a ranked opponent. The Jayhawks (10-2, 0-0 Big 12) are facing their fourth ranked foe in the Mountaineers as both teams open up their conference slates.

The contest tips off at 4 p.m. at Allen Fieldhouse on Big 12 Now on ESPN+. Fans can also listen to Tony Caridi and Jay Jacobs on the radio on Mountaineer Sports Network from Learfield IMG.

This story will be routinely updated, so be sure to check back as the game unfolds.

2nd Half

:13.4 (WVU 51, KU 58): Devon Dotson is fouled and heads to the line for a pair of free throws, seemingly wrapping this game up.

:46.3 (WVU 51, KU 54): Deuce McBride nails a pair of free throws to bring the game within a possession for West Virginia. The Mountaineers are keeping themselves in it with clutch points on the offensive end, but they’re giving up points on defense.

3:58 (WVU 44, KU 49): Azubuike takes a seat on the bench after appearing to sustain an injury, and he is getting looked at. Both teams have hit a slump, with each team making just one bucket in the last 3:28.

7:45 (WVU 40, KU 47): Kansas has been able to hold onto the lead by taking advantage of a West Virginia drought in which the Mountaineers have made just 2 of their last 10. Azubuike has risen to the challenge in the second half, and trails Tshiebwe by just a bucket for the game’s leading scorer (he has 15 while the Mountaineer has 17). Culver and Osabuohien have also joined Tshiebwe in foul trouble, each getting their third of the game.

11:56 (WVU 38, KU 40): Kansas gets their first lead since they led 3-2 early in the first half, and their largest lead as well. Tshiebwe, who has 17 points and 14 rebounds, officially enters foul trouble after they call him for his third of the game. Culver has just two fouls so far, but has struggled offensively with just 2 points on 16.6 percent shooting.

17:30 (WVU 32, KU 32): Bob Huggins calls timeout after the Jayhawks start thehalf off with a 6-2 run. West Virginia did a good job in the first half of limiting Azubuike’s field goal attempts, although he made his only try — but he’s come out in the second and made a quick pair of shots to stay perfect from the floor.

Both teams are struggling from the free throw line, with neither team making even half their foul shots.

WVU scorers: Tshiebwe (15), McCabe (5), McBride/Harler (3), Matthews Jr./Culver (2)

KU scorers: Dotson (12), Garrett/Azubuike (6)

1st Half

HALF: West Virginia has the lead over Kansas heading into the locker room, 30-24.

:24.8 (WVU 30, KU 24): Tshiebwe is taking the game over — he has 15 points, 10 rebounds and a block. He leads in the first two of those categories, but Azubuike has 4 blocks to lead the game.

West Virginia has hit a bit of a slump, with their field goal percentage dipping below 40 percent — but they still have the lead with the ball for the last shot.

7:56 (WVU 21, KU 13): Kansas’s Marcus Garrett sparks a 6-0 Kansas run over the Mountaineers, but it’s quickly extinguished by a 4-0 run of Oscar Tshiebwe’s. He gets the and-one call right before the media timeout, with a free throw attempt waiting on the other side.

11:31 (WVU 17, WVU 7): Oscar Tshiebwe leads West Virginia in both shot attempts (4 shots) and scoring (5 points), but the Mountaineers have gotten buckets from five other players. Kansas, on the other hand, only has field goals from Dotson, who has 5 points as well. The Jayhawks are shooting 22 percent from the field, while West Virginia has made half their shots.

13:22 (WVU 13, KU 5): Kansas is on a drought lasting 6 straight attempts, allowing West Virginia to get out to an 8-point lead off good rebounding and a deep three-pointer from Miles McBride.

15:21 (WVU 8, KU 4): West Virginia is going hard inside early, with 3 of their 4 baskets coming from inside. Kansas’s only field goal was a three from Devon Dotson, missing the other three of their attempts.

This game appears that it will be won on the inside — both teams are even in rebounds with 4 each, and the officials haven’t called many fouls so far.

West Virginia starters

  • Jordan McCabe
  • Jermaine Haley
  • Emmitt Matthews Jr.
  • Derek Culver
  • Oscar Tshiebwe

Kansas starters

  • Marcus Garrett
  • Devon Dotson
  • Ochai Agbaji
  • David McCormack
  • Udoka Azubuike

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