MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–A trio of Mountaineers combined for 73 points as No. 17 West Virginia downed No. 23 Kansas on Saturday at the WVU Coliseum.
Miles “Deuce” McBride scored 29 points. Taz Sherman dropped 25 points and Derek Culver had 19.
Emmitt Matthews Jr. added 10 points for the Mountaineers (13-5).
McBride and Sherman’s career afternoon totaled 54 points on 17-of-32 shooting. They combined to hit 8-of-12 from 3.
“I work for it every day” McBride said. “It’s all about preparation. When I come into a game more prepared and a little more motivated, I think that every shot is going in and you just go with the flow of the game. You feel high and you keep shooting them.”
The Jayhawks (12-7) have lost five of their last seven games.
WVU managed to take a 44-34 lead to the locker room at the break.
However, Kansas came out in the second half and used a 13-3 run to tie the game at 47-47 with 17:53 left in the game.
From there the Mountaineers and the Jayhawks slugged it out before WVU closed it.
With 12:01 to go WVU led 59-58 but Kansas went ahead on Ochai Agbaji’s 3. The Mountaineers responded with a dunk from Matthews, a McBride jumper and a McBride 3 to make it 68-62.
Leading by seven, Matthews drained a 3-pointer from the corner to put WVU up by double digits.
The Mountaineers finished strong at the line and were able to hold off the Jayhawks.
Marcus Garrett led Kansas with 18 points. David McCormack tallied 17 points. Jalen Wilson had 16 points and 14 rebounds. Ochai Agbaji added 13 points.
WVU forced 18 turnovers, leading to 26 points.
“I thought we were pretty good,” head coach Bob Huggins said. “I thought our on-the-ball defense was better. Our help defense was better. We did a better job of helping the helper. The only thing that we didn’t do a great job on was blocking out on penetration. We just need to do a better job of that. That was our best defensive performance of the year, and we still gave up 71.”
The Mountaineers shot 50 percent from the field, 52 percent from beyond the arc and 84 percent from the charity stripe.
The Jayhawks shot 45 percent from the floor, 35 percent from 3 and 78 percent from the line.
WVU travels to Lubbock to square off against Texas Tech Tuesday at 9 p.m.