Coach Bob Huggins kept his promise to Mountaineer fans today as West Virginia (17-14) upset No. 8 Kansas (23-8), 92-86, the first victory in three meetings since joining the Big 12 Conference.
Following the Mountaineers’ 83-69 loss to Kansas earlier this season, Huggins promised during the post game show with Tony Caridi that his team would beat the Jayhawks when they played during the regular season finale.
Jayhawks’ guard Andrew Wiggins didn’t make that task very easy as the future NBA Lottery pick went for 41 points and eight rebounds, the 13th time West Virginia has allowed more than 41 points to an opponent.
Forward Perry Ellis also added 14 points in the loss, while guard Frank Mason chipped in 10 points for the only two other players to score in double digits for Kansas.
West Virginia was led by a trio of 20-point performances in the win as Eron Harris had a team-high 28 points, Juwan Staten adding 24 and Devin Williams rounding it out with 22.
Terry Henderson, who has missed the last four games due to illness, returned to the team today, but played only 15 minutes and scored 4 points in the game.
Wayne Selden Jr’s three-point jumper gave the Jayhawks the team’s only lead of the game at 3-2 at the 18:32 mark in the 1st half. The score was only tied once moments later at 9-9 with 16:32 following a Wiggins’ layup.
With West Virginia leading 50-38, it was the most points allowed at the end of the 1st half by Kansas all season.
Kansas allowed 50 points in the 1st half against West Virginia, the most 1st-half points it has allowed in a game all season.
Kansas was able to trim West Virginia’s once 25-point lead down to just five points with less than a minute to go in the game before late free throws from Staten and Harris preserving the victory.
On top of the first victory over a Top 10 since No. 9 Georgetown in January 2012, Huggins received a 25,000 bonus today for beating the Jayhawks, one of the clauses included in his contract extension in the same year.
West Virginia will be the No. 6 seed in the 2014 Phillips 66 Big 12 men’s basketball tournament and play the No. 3 seed on March 13th in Kansas City.