Mountaineers Seek Their First Win in Lawrence

Lynette Rowe
Февраля 19, 2018

Texas Tech lost to Baylor on Saturday as well so now the Red Raiders and Jayhawks are tied atop the Big 12 standings and their matchup could very well decide the fate of the Big 12.

Kansas earns a much-needed home win after struggling to do so at times throughout the season.

Kansas out-scored WVU 30-16 in the paint.

The Mountaineers shot 44 percent from the field and 54 percent from beyond the arc.

Miles led the way for WVU offensively, scoring a team-high 22 points on 8-of-15 shooting (six 3s). Svi Mykahiliuk made a layup in the first and took a steal for a slam in the second. Yet Kansas outscored WVU by 18 in the second half for the 71-66 victory in Morgantown.

"We don't shoot it great and we pass it below average so we've got to play hard and make things happen with our defense", West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said.

West Virginia and Kansas battled Saturday night in a Big 12 showdown.

Mustapha Heron led four Auburn players in double figures with 16 points, but 10 of those came from the foul line as he was just 3-for-12 from the field. Miles Bridges hit four free throws in the final minute, and the Spartans (26-3, 14-2 Big Ten) used a huge second half to pull out the win when they looked like they were headed to a stunning blowout loss.

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"We gave it away past year". Team Rebounds: 5. Team Turnovers: 13 (8 PTS). Both had three blocks, though Konate scored nine points, unable to match Azubuike's offense.

WVU remains winless at the Phogg Allen Fieldhouse, falling to 0-6 in the building. It was also Esa Ahmad's first game back from a season-long suspension, where he had 15 points off the bench.

Kansas guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (10) and West Virginia forward Logan Routt, left, chase the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Lawrence, Kan., Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018.

It's the third consecutive game inside Allen Fieldhouse that West Virginia was leading late in the game only to give it away including last season's meeting where the Mountaineers led by 14 with under four minutes left before rallying to force and eventually win the game in overtime. That shot - one of two makes all day from Graham - pulled the Jayhawks back within five at 66-61. "The reality is, I think there's potential to play a lot better than we have in the last two or three weeks".

According to oddsmakers from online sports book YouWager, the Jayhawks are now 3-point home favorites to beat the Mountaineers, who opened as 4-point underdogs. Huggin received his second technical foul in the waning seconds of the game, and was escorted off the floor by his assistant coaches.

Blame the refs if you choose to, but regardless of how they performed, the difference between the amount of free throws taken played a pivotal role in the final outcome.

Free throw shooting as a whole proved crucial for the Sooners, who went a collective 25-of-35 from the stripe compared to West Virginia's 9-of-14. The Colonels finished the 2017 season 4-7 overall and 3-5 in OVC action.

Mykhailiuk nailed a pair with 1:40 remaining to put Kansas up for the first time since the opening minute of the second half. I did not watch a second of the Kansas vs.

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