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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Quick recap: No. 3 Kansas knocks off No. 14 West Virginia in WVU Coliseum

West Virginia guard Miles McBride (4) is defended by Kansas guards Devon Dotson (1) and Ochai Agbaji (30) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in Morgantown, W.Va. (AP Photo/Kathleen Batten)

West Virginia guard Miles McBride (4) is defended by Kansas guards Devon Dotson (1) and Ochai Agbaji (30) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in Morgantown, W.Va. (AP Photo/Kathleen Batten)

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After trailing for much of the night, No. 3 Kansas took control in the last five-plus minutes to come away with a 58-49 victory over No. 14 West Virginia in WVU Coliseum on Wednesday.

The Jayhawks, who trailed by as many as nine in the second half, eventually reclaimed control down the stretch. It is just the third time in eight trips to Morgantown that KU has come away with the win against West Virginia.

Kansas (21-3, 10-1 Big 12) has now won nine games in a row since its 67-55 loss to Baylor on Jan. 11, and remains alone in second place in the Big 12 standings. West Virginia (18-6, 6-5 Big 12) has now dropped back-to-back games, including its lone home loss of the season.

As advertised, Wednesday’s top-15 clash ended up being a defensive battle. KU’s defense made several late stops to help the visitors net a come-from-behind victory. The Mountaineers did not score in the final five minutes of the contest.

Isaiah Moss drilled a 3-pointer from the right wing with 4:54 left in the game to break a 49-deadlock, giving the Jayhawks a lead that they wouldn’t relinquish. Moss made a trio of 3-pointers, which really swung the momentum in KU’s favor, en route finishing with 13 points in the win.

Sophomore point guard Devon Dotson paced Kansas with 15 points on 4-of-13 shooting, including a 6-for-6 effort at the free-throw line. Junior Marcus Garrett recorded seven rebounds and five steals in 40 minutes of action.

Senior center Udoka Azubuike, who was limited with foul trouble early on, finished with six points and a pair of blocks. Sophomore Ochai Agbaji also added nine points and registered three rebounds.

Kansas will play host to Oklahoma at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Comments

Barry Weiss 3 months, 3 weeks ago

our defense is stellar! wow, we lock down.

Mike Greer 3 months, 3 weeks ago

I don't have ESPN+ so I just had play by play, but that was one ugly game.

RJ King 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Any particular reason why WVU fans were booing Dotson every time he brought the ball up?

Micky Baker 3 months, 3 weeks ago

They choose a player from every opponent to do that to at their home games.

Tony Bandle 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Random Thoughts:

1] I didn't think ugly could look so beautiful!!

2] Dotson was the star...but Moss saved the day!

3] WOW..just 19 WV points in the second half. Bill's half time talks must be getting better.

4] There's something wonderful about a quiet gym for the visiting team at the end of the game.

5] What did West Virginia end up with for the last 10 minutes...5 or 6 points!! Unbelievable!!

Bryce Landon 3 months, 3 weeks ago

I wonder if Thuggy Bear will blame the refs again for the latest fall-from-ahead loss to KU tonight. Seriously, it's crazy - in a good way, of course - but crazy nonetheless - how many times his team blows a big lead against Kansas!

Mallory Briggans 3 months, 3 weeks ago

a few games ago some fans had Brauns jersey retired ,,,,,,,,,,,,so hes had few good scoring games ...............he has given us nothing since he has been starting ,,,,,,,,can someone remind me again why hes starting

Micky Baker 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Leave that up to the coaches. Since Braun's been starting, we haven't lost a game.

Mike Greer 3 months, 3 weeks ago

I like the way Dok put it in a recent interview, ". . . Sometimes I don't score a lot, I get double and triple teamed a lot. . . ". I think sometimes the "new guys" like Braun this year and Abgaji last year, don't get the attention from the opposing defense until they prove they can score. This is kind of what happens to Garrett when he's outside the arc, no one really comes out to challenge him, he's better this year, but still not the three point threat that Braun, Abgaji, Moss, and Dotson are. I also think these guys that go from bench to starters, go from little pressure to a bunch of pressure, in a really short span.

I think we, as fans, are always looking for the next "hot hand", and our hopes and expectations get in the way of clear thinking. About the same time fans wanted to retire Braun's jersey, they were also ready to ship Abgaji off to Siberia. He's played much better since, although he hasn't had a 20 point game in a while.

Dane Pratt 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Let's just fast forward the season and play Baylor.

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