Kansas Comeback Brings Jayhawks Victory at WVU
MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–A second-half comeback brought Kansas its first victory in five years in the WVU Coliseum.
Trailing by as many as 16, the Jayhawks defeated West Virginia 71-66 Monday night.
The last nine minutes of the first half were all West Virginia. The Mountaineers had a slim 20-17 lead at the 9:13 mark, as both offenses had trouble converting. But then behind the defense of Sagaba Konate, WVU closed the period on a 21-11 run and took a 41-28 lead into the lockerroom at the midway break. Konate had five blocks in the first 20 minutes, to go along with eight points and six rebounds to lead the charge. West Virginia’s Jevon Carter had 10 points in the first half, but more impressively, his defense on Jayhawk point guard Devonte Graham limited the KU senior, who came in averaging 18.4 points a game, to just one point through the first 19:39. Graham did nail a three with 21 seconds showing to trim WVU’s largest lead of 16 down to 13 at halftime.
But there was no quit in Kansas. West Virginia held a seemingly comfortable lead, but a 12-0 KU run brought the Jayhawks a three-point advantage with just under three minutes to play. The Mountaineer offense was in a complete funk during that stretch, scoring just one three-pointer during the four-minute Kansas comeback.
The battle was on from there, but KU made the plays it needed to to secure the victory.
WVU will be back in action on Saturday at the Coliseum, as it hosts Texas. Tipoff is 2 p.m., and the game will be televised by CBS.