On this day in 2019, the West Virginia Mountaineers upset the No. 7-ranked Kansas Jayhawks inside the WVU Coliseum, 65-64.
This was West Virginia’s first Big 12 win of the season… it was their sixth Big 12 game of the year. The Mountaineers rolled into this game against KU, under .500, sitting at 8-9 overall and 0-5 in Big 12 play.
To put this WVU team into perspective: only TWO players (Derek Culver and Jordan McCabe) are still on the team just TWO years later.
WVU’s starting five on this day was:
- Chase Harler
- Jermaine Haley
- Esa Ahmad
- Wesley Harris
- Andrew Gordon
In the first half, the Mountaineers were able to keep up with the Jayhawks. Both teams struggled to put the ball in the basket, as the score was tied at 23 at the half.
The second half was a different story, as both teams scored over 40 points each. West Virginia and Kansas changed leads multiple times for the first six minutes of the second half. KU eventually broke away and controlled the lead for the next 13 minutes of game time.
At one point, WVU was trailing by six points with 2 minutes to go in the game. WVU coach Bob Huggins called a timeout to try to swing the momentum.
And, wow, did that work!?
The Mountaineers didn’t allow a single point to Kansas in the final two minutes and finished the game on a 7-0 run.
It all started with Culver finding Harris for three to bring the deficit to three. After another stop, Culver, who was a freshman at the time, put in an up-and-under to bring it to a one-point game.
After multiple stops for the next minute of play, the Mountaineers set themselves up to win the game after a missed three-point attempt by Kansas’ Lagerald Vick.
WVU guard Jermaine Haley with 10 seconds left on the clock, drove on the right side of his defender and took the ball to the rim. Haley made a lay-up to put West Virginia on-top with eight seconds left.
The Jayhawks ran down the length of the court and missed two shots for the Mountaineers to secure a needed victory.
Haley led the Mountaineers in points with 13, shooting a perfect 5-of-5 from the field. The junior, at the time, pulled down five boards as well.
Off the bench, James Bolden and Culver showed more productivity in the win over the ranked Jayhawks. Bolden finished with 12 points, as Culver finished with 11.
Ahmad did it all against Kansas, finishing with a stat-line that any coach wants. The Ohio native had eight points on 2-of-3 shooting from three, seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block.
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