MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) – Kansas’ reserves had been struggling to provide and time was working down, so Svi Mykhailiuk and Devonte Graham went to work.
Mykhailiuk and Graham hit massive shot after massive shot down the stretch to convey No. 10 Kansas again from 16 factors down within the first half, and the Jayhawks held off No. 6 West Virginia 71-66 on Monday evening.
“Yeah that is loopy,” Graham stated. “We’re seniors. We’re vets. We all know what it takes to win in that scenario. Simply being aggressive, believing in our shot, attempting to get to the road.”
Mykhailiuk and Graham mixed for 26 factors within the second half, together with 20 of the Jayhawks’ ultimate 26 factors.
“It was spectacular watching them on the market,” Kansas coach Invoice Self stated. “They needed it dangerous.”
Mykhailiuk completed with 17 factors and Graham had 16. Udoka Azubuike added 10 for the Jayhawks (15-Three, 5-1 Large 12).
The Mountaineers (15-Three, Four-2) have misplaced two straight for the primary time this season after rising to the No. 2 rating every week in the past, their highest since December 1959. In each video games West Virginia could not maintain onto double-digit leads.
“We most likely weren’t very snug being No. 2 within the nation,” Huggins stated.
Sagaba Konate had 16 factors, 10 rebounds and 5 blocked pictures for West Virginia. However he did not rating over the ultimate seven minutes. Esa Ahmad added 15 factors and Jevon Carter scored 14.
Kansas whittled away at its massive deficit by going to the rim. A 15-Three run gave the Jayhawks their first lead since early within the recreation, capped by two free throws by Mykhailiuk for a 61-60 lead with Three:49 left. He put the Jayhawks forward to remain, 65-64, with two extra free throws with 1:42 left.
“If we go down, we’ll go down attacking,” Self stated.
Daxter Miles scored off a missed free throw with a minute left to tug West Virginia to 67-66, however the Mountaineers did not rating once more.
“We do not end the job, that is what disappoints me most,” Huggins stated.
Kansas: The Jayhawks have gained 4 straight and broke a four-game dropping streak in Morgantown. Nonetheless, Self refused to make something out of breaking the drought on West Virginia’s house courtroom.
“It is onerous to win video games and it will be simply as onerous to win at our place towards them in a while than it was tonight,” he stated.
Graham felt in a different way about lastly profitable at West Virginia.
“It means lots. (I) cannot even describe it,” he stated.
West Virginia: The Mountaineers had been decided to show this one right into a observe meet, but it surely was West Virginia, not Kansas’ skinny lineup, that appeared to put on down.
“They only out-toughed us,” Huggins stated. “They only needed it greater than we do. We had guys open. We simply do not cross the ball.”
Self and Huggins regarded like twins on the sidelines in the identical black pullover. Usually a suit-and-tie sort of man, Self wearing Huggins’ model after the West Virginia coach gave him a gift.
“It is best to be capable to have just a little enjoyable teaching and I do know Huggs does,” Self stated. “I’ve an excellent relationship with him and we all the time give one another a tough time. I assume I’ll have informed him ‘should you get me one thing to put on, I am going to put on it’ and certain sufficient he made me seem like I used to be a NASCAR driver by getting me one thing.”
Graham stated Self informed the workforce within the locker room earlier than the sport, “Do not snicker at me, however that is what I am carrying.”
COURT STORMING AFTERMATH
West Virginia ahead Wes Harris began his 18th straight recreation after being reprimanded by the Large 12 earlier Monday for hitting a fan who joined 1000’s of others in storming the courtroom Saturday in Lubbock, Texas, throughout a celebration of No. eight Texas Tech’s 72-71 win over the Mountaineers. Harris scored 4 factors on 1-of-Four taking pictures Monday.
Kansas: Hosts Baylor on Saturday.
West Virginia: Hosts Texas on Saturday.
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