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Ellis carries No. 6 Kansas past No. 10 WVU

Feb 9, 2016; Lawrence, KS, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers forward Brandon Watkins (20) battles for a rebound with Kansas Jayhawks forward Landen Lucas (33) and forward Perry Ellis (34) in the first half at Allen Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Feb 9, 2016; Lawrence, KS, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers forward Brandon Watkins (20) battles for a rebound with Kansas Jayhawks forward Landen Lucas (33) and forward Perry Ellis (34) in the first half at Allen Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

LAWRENCE, Kan.–Perry Ellis scored 21 points and No. 6 Kansas found revenge over No. 10 West Virginia, beating the Mountaineers 75-65 on Tuesday night.

The top of the Big 12 standings is once again jumbled. WVU, No. 3 Oklahoma and the Jayhawks are in a three-way tie for first place with seven conference games remaining.

Frank Mason III had 14 points. Wayne Selden Jr. tallied 11 points. Devonte Graham and Brannen Greene added 10 apiece for Kansas (20-4, 8-3 Big 12).

Devin Williams and Jaysean Paige both scored 14 points. Tarik Phillip added 11.

Kansas outworked the Mountaineers (19-5, 8-3) and beat them at their own game. The Jayhawks outrebounded WVU 33-28. Landen Lucas grabbed a career-high 16 boards.

Paige was just 5-of-16 from the floor. Williams had a hard time with Lucas. The junior forward outmuscled the 6-foot-9 Williams and along with his stellar rebounding, Lucas had a career-high four blocks.

In the Jan. 12 meeting, the Mountaineers’ press flustered Kansas, but the Jayhawks contained it the first half. WVU forced just six turnovers in the half and 15 total.

Kansas had a 36-24 lead as time dwindled off the clock in the first half but Paige drained a 3 at the buzzer.

The Mountaineers scored nine of the first 13 points to make it a 40-38 contest with 16:12 to play in the second half, but an 8-0 run by the Jayhawks put them ahead 48-38.

Feb 9, 2016; Lawrence, KS, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers guard Jaysean Paige (5) dribbles the ball as Kansas Jayhawks guard Frank Mason III (0) defends in the first half at Allen Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Feb 9, 2016; Lawrence, KS, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers guard Jaysean Paige (5) dribbles the ball as Kansas Jayhawks guard Frank Mason III (0) defends in the first half at Allen Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

WVU’s press finally got going and after forcing four turnovers on four straight possessions, Paige’s layup cut the deficit to 54-50 with 7:26 to go.

Seldon answered seconds later with a 3-pointer to spur a 14-6 Kansas run.

“We didn’t score in transition and we had opportunities,” WVU head coach Bob Huggins said. “We must have missed six or seven layups; we didn’t score it close. We had a couple of tip-ins that didn’t go in and we had open shots.”

The struggles continue for sophomore guards Jevon Carter and Daxter Miles Jr., who were a combined 3-of-14 on 37.3 percent shooting.

The Jayhawks shot 56 percent from the field and made 7-of-17 from 3-point range.

The Mountaineers shot 37 percent from the floor and made 5-0f-20 from beyond the arc.

“We just didn’t have enough people,” Huggins said. “To play the way we play we need more people. Our philosophy is our 10 is better than their 10. Now we’re down to about eight so we’ve got to get those other guys playing and doing some things.”

Jonathan Holton missed his fourth consecutive game due to a suspension.

Kansas has won 20 or more games for 27 straight seasons.

The Jayhawks have won 38 straight at Allen Fieldhouse. WVU is now 0-4 there.

The Mountaineers return home on Saturday afternoon to take on the TCU Horned Frogs at noon.

 

Quotes Courtesy of WVUsports.com

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