The Mountaineers fell to the Jayhawks Wednesday night by a score of 58-49, in front of a soldout crowd at the Coliseum.
After leading by as many as nine, the Mountaineer offense went flat in the second half, going scoreless through the final five minutes of the game while Kansas finished on a 9-0 run to swing the momentum in their favor.
Kansas was led by sophomore Devon Dotson, who finished the game with fifteen points.
Oscar Tshiebwe, who led the team with fourteen points and nine rebounds, defended well on Jayhawk senior Udoka Azubuike, minimizing his damage in the paint throughout the first half.
While holding Azubuike to just six points, the inability to capitalize on stops proved fatal for the Mountaineers as they shot just 31% from the field.
“We had sixty shots and only made nineteen,” said Bob Huggins. It’s not like we’re not getting shots, we’re just not making any.”
In the Jayhawk 9-0 run to end the game, the Mountaineers were plagued by turnovers and missed shots and failed to recapture the momentum they once had.
“Our guys sometimes don’t handle the ebbs and flows of the game very well,” said Huggins.
The loss was the first of the season at home and moves the Mountaineers to 18-6 (6-5).
The Mountaineers will have to refocus as they travel to Waco, to take on the #1 rated Baylor Bears this Saturday.
The game will tip-off at 4:00 PM and will be available for stream only, on ESPN+.