LAWRENCE, Kan.– Frank Mason III scored 24 points and No. 3 Kansas used a 21-7 run to force overtime and defeat No. 9 West Virginia University 84-80 in overtime on Monday night at the Phog Allen Fieldhouse.
The Mountaineers (20-6, 8-5) were cruising when missed free throws and turnovers fueled a Jayhawks’ run.
Devonte’ Graham sunk a 3-pointer with 34 seconds remaining to pull Kansas (23-3, 11-2) within two.
The Jayhawks’ pressure forced Tarik Phillip to throw the ball away. Mason made both free throws with 21.6 seconds to go.
WVU had one final chance but Phillip, alone in the wing, threw up a 3-pointer that hit off the rim as the buzzer sounded.
“We just didn’t look up the floor,” Bob Huggins said. “We had guys open up the floor. They had all five guys on that side of half court and all we had to do was catch it and run away, not bury our head and get trapped.
Graham tallied 18 points for Kansas. Josh Jackson and Lagerald Vick each added 14 points.
Esa Ahmad led the Mountaineers with 20 points. Phillip recorded 18 and Jevon Carter 11. Nathan Adrian had 10 points and seven rebounds.
In overtime, the Jayhawks scored the first eight points, including two 3s from Graham.
Teyvon Myers’ 3-pointer and Adrian’s layup cut the deficit to two, 82-80, with seven seconds left but Mason made two free throws to seal the victory.
WVU had 21 miscues, four of which came in the final minute of regulation.
The Mountaineers began the game on a 10-0 run but Kansas answered with a 16-0 run over nearly five minutes.
Landen Lucas’ putback gave Kansas a 22-21 lead 6:48 left in the first half.
Carter drained a 3 with three seconds left to give WVU a 39-32 edge at the half.
The Mountaineers shot 41 percent from the field and 38 percent from beyond the arc. WVU made 20-of-29 from the charity stripe.
The Jayhawks shot 34 percent from the floor, 35 percent from 3-point range and 75 percent from the free throw line.
The Mountaineers are winless in five trips to the Phog.
WVU returns home to take on Texas Tech on Saturday at 2 p.m.
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