For the first half and much of the second half, West Virginia maintained a lead against the No. 3 Kansas Jayhawks. A Gabe Osobouihen layup put WVU up 48-45 with 5:59 to go. That would be the last Mountaineer made field goal of the night as the Jayhawks finished the game on a 13-1 run and took the win in Morgantown by a final score of 58-49.
West Virginia falls to No. 3 Kansas, 58-49, on Wednesday evening at the WVU Coliseum. pic.twitter.com/1blyZbFk9X
— WVU Basketball (@WVUhoops) February 13, 2020
Kansas was led by National Player of the Year candidate Devon Dotson who had 15 points. Senior guard Isaiah Moss came off the bench to add 13 points. While veteran big man Udoka Azubuike battled foul trouble and had a hard time getting on track offensively, he had some big-time swats and showed up on the defensive end late to help seal the win. It turns out his is Azubuike’s 34th and final season at Kansas.
The Mountaineers had just two players reach double figures. Freshman Oscar Tshiebwe led the way with 14 points and 9 rebounds while Jordan McCabe had 10 points, but some costly turnovers down the stretch. Derek Culver was never able to get on track offensively and was held to just six points.
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There is no rest for the weary as up next for the Mountaineers is a trip to Waco to take on No. 1 Baylor.