(Bob Huggins postgame Zoom convention)
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Trailing by some extent at halftime, Kansas buried West Virginia beneath an avalanche of second half 3-pointers to run away from the Mountaineers, 79-65 at Allen Fieldhouse in a matchup of high ten groups.
All 5 Jayhawk starters scored in double digits, led by Christian Braun’s 22-point effort. Kansas went 9-of-19 from past the arc within the second half.
“They shot it very persistently. All people shot it from the perimeter. After which once they missed, they rebounded the lengthy misses and we didn’t,” stated WVU head coach Bob Huggins.
“Should you allow them to get going the way in which they bought going, it’s robust to show it round. It’s type of like once you proceed to overlook photographs. It’s robust to show it round.”
“They hit large photographs once they wanted to,” stated WVU sophomore guard Deuce McBride. “We have been coming down with empty possessions and so they have been coming down and have been hitting 3’s and getting a couple of shot per possession. They have been ending higher than we have been.”
West Virginia fell behind by 9 factors on the first media timeout because the Jayhawks went an on 8-0 run, giving them a 13-4 lead.
Sean McNeil nonetheless nearly singlehandedly stored West Virginia within the sport within the first 10 minutes. He scored 13 of WVU’s first 15 factors. McNeil linked on 3-pointers on consecutive possessions as a part of an 8-2 run. WVU pulled inside 3 at 15-12.
Kansas would construct a 7-point lead twice late within the half and the Jayhawks led 35-28 with 2:40 to play earlier than halftime. However McNeil would hit a pair of triples as a part of an 8-0 run to shut the body. McNeil was 6-for-6 from past the arc within the first half, scoring 20 factors. WVU led 36-35 at halftime.
“My physique simply felt actually good going into the sport in warmups,” McNeil stated. “I noticed the primary one go in and it was a giant confidence builder from there.”
“We thought he might shoot it like that. He shoots it like that in observe,” Huggins stated. “What damage us is that he and Deuce have been the one two that made photographs.”
Within the second half, the Jayhawks clamped down on McNeil and continued to shoot properly from 3-point vary. Kansas went on an 11-0 run capped by three consecutive triples from Jalen Wilson, giving the Jayhawks a 60-47 lead with 10:40 left to play.
McBride picked up his third foul of the sport on the 17:41 mark of the second half with the Mountaineers trailing 42-40. Kansas promptly went on a 15-7 run with McBride on the bench.
“I feel I’ve to do a greater job of understanding the sport and the way it’s transferring and perhaps lay again a little bit bit defensively if the sport known as tight,” McBride stated.
Wilson scored 17 factors for the Jayhawks (8-1). Marcus Garrett added 15 factors, Ochai Agbaji chipped in with 11 and David McCormack scored 10. KU starters accounted for 75 of their 79 factors.
Though Kansas gained the rebounding battle by simply 3 [40-37], the Jayhawks had 25 second probability factors whereas the Mountaineers mustered simply 14.
McNeil led the Mountaineers with 24 factors. McBride scored 19. The Mountaineers at the moment are 0-9 all-time at Allen Fieldhouse.
West Virginia (7-2) is scheduled to return to motion January 2 at Oklahoma. Subsequent Tuesday’s initially scheduled matchup vs. Buffalo has been canceled on account of COVID protocols within the Buffalo program.