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West Virginia point guard Juwan Staten drive against Kansas’ Landen Lucas during Saturday’s regular-season finale at the WVU Coliseum.

 

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia’s first sellout crowd of the season filled the Coliseum and enjoyed a crazy game of runs. Kansas trimmed a 25-point deficit to four in the final minute, before the Mountaineers held on 92-86.

Today was also notable for contract incentives as Bob Huggins earned $25,000 for beating Kansas, a quirky part of last year’s extension. Quirky in that it’s atypical for a major-conference program to incentivize to a coach simply for beating a league foe, especially one he’s guaranteed to face twice each season. Long live the negotiators.

Check out the live-game updates from throughout the afternoon:

WEST VIRGINIA 92, KANSAS 86 (final)
Student-body left, right, all-over. The court is stormed as WVU hangs on for the upset. Harris scores 28, Staten pumps in 24 and Williams 22 for the Mountaineers, who shoot 53 percent and out-rebound Kansas 37-31. … WVU needs some help from Iowa State and Kansas State later in the day in order to hang on to the Big 12’s No. 6 seed.
WEST VIRGINIA 85, KANSAS 80 (0:56 second half)
KU’s Frank Mason drains a 3 and the Jayhawks are on a 7-0 run to make it a two-possession game. The Jayhawks’ defense—though atrocious most of the afternoon—has forced 10 second-half turnovers to climb back into this one. Remember the lead was 25 points at 64-39.
WEST VIRGINIA 85, KANSAS 73 (3:11 second half)
Welp, to quote a middle-school coach from 2007, “This Wiggins kid has potential.” He has 39 points on 11-of-15 shooting from the flooor and 15-of-19 at the foul line. But he also has four fouls, along with teammates Selden and Black, hurting KU’s chances of rallying. … Kansas has been trapping in hopes of speeding up the pace, so WVU’s ballhandling and spacing must be savvy down the stretch.
WEST VIRGINIA 76, KANSAS 57 (7:35 second half)
With foul trouble mounting, WVU has begun milking the shot clock. At the tail end of one possession, Staten got a 17-foot pull-up jumper (the spot he loves) and swished it. … Williams has 22 points, a new season/career high, and 11 rebounds for his third consecutive double-double.
WEST VIRGINIA 64, KANSAS 42 (15:47 second half)
Behind four straight 3-pointers—two each by Harris and Dibo—WVU opened the second half on a 14-2 run. In the process Bill Self spent his final two timeouts, but the way this game is going, he may not want to stop it again anyway. Kansas is brutally timid on defense, and showing zero fire.
WEST VIRGINIA 50, KANSAS 38 (halftime)
Wiggins has 17 points, Ellis 11 and Wayne Selden Jr. eight for the Jayhawks, who are shooting 41 percent. The crowd lost its mind at the end of the half when Wiggins spun into the lane, appeared to trip over his own sneakers and a ref whistled Henderson for his second foul. Thought Huggins might toss his stool cage match-style on that one. … KU also committed eight turnovers to WVU’s three.
WEST VIRGINIA 50, KANSAS 38 (halftime)
The Jayhawks haven’t endured a worse defensive half all season, but WVU deserves a ton of credit for shooting lights out. (Hey, who didn’t foresee Williams, Staten and Harris putting up 45 in the first half? Duh.) The Mountaineers shot 63 percent, and 21 of their 27 shots came from inside the 3-point arc. … Henderson played 11 minutes, and though mono sucked away some of his explosiveness, he finished a contested layup in transition for his first points in 30 days.
WEST VIRGINIA 42, KANSAS 32 (3:37 first half)
The amped-up Mountaineers have maintained a double-digit lead for several minutes, thanks to 61 percent shooting. Staten has 14 points, four assists and three rebounds, looking like a Big 12 first-teamer for sure. Harris has 10 points, giving WVU three double-digit scorers in the first half. Bill Self might have expected some defensive dropoff without Embiid, but nothing this precipitous. Lots of teaching points for KU.
WEST VIRGINIA 34, KANSAS 23 (7:34 first half)
Andrew Wiggins, making what figures to be his only appearance at the Coliseum before bouncing off to the NBA, has nine points and looks every bit as athletic as advertised. But, he’s not even the best freshman on the court right now, because Williams has 16 points on 6-of-6 shooting to go along with four rebounds. In today’s game preview, I wrote that Williams might feel emboldened by the absence of KU’s top shot-blocker Embiid, but this outburst is more than WVU could have hoped.
WEST VIRGINIA 24, KANSAS 17 (11:17 first half)
Devin Williams has been active—and lucky—in the early going. He has 10 points, including 4-of-5 from the foul line (not the usual for a 55-percent free-throw shooter). He also collected a gift basket after Harris missed a 3 and the loose ball skipped away from two KU defenders. … Landen Lucas became the second Jayhawk with two fouls, though Adrian has his second as well for WVU.
WEST VIRGINIA 9, KANSAS 9 (15:56 first half)
The shooting has been crisp so far: Kansas is 4-of-5 and West Virginia is 3-of-5 (including 3s by Eron Harris and Nate Adrian). The most crucial early development is KU forward Tarik Black picking up two fouls. He figured to draw extra minutes with 7-footer Joel Embiid resting today. Another big moment: Terry Henderson entering a game for the first time since Feb. 15
PREGAME NOTES
Before Friday’s practice, Bob Huggins sounded pretty confident about West Virginia’s prospects for life beyond the Big 12 tournament: “We’re definitely going to be in the postseason. It’s just a matter of which one.” At this point, the NIT is the only option unless WVU beats Kansas, gets a No. 6 seed in Kansas City and beats two quality teams to reach the final. At 20-15, the Mountaineers might command an at-large bid.
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Comments

  • WV proud

    Unbelievable!

  • Mountain Navy

    I will be watching the girls tonight I would love to see them win the Big 12 Tourney. But Baylor is going to be looking for revenge.

  • Mountain Navy

    I don't this team. They beat really good teams than lose to scrubs. Makes no sense.

  • Leroy j Gibbs

    Cash that check Bobby you earned it!

    • Fentanyl Bomb

      Whether Norma Mae Huggins' cancer charity or Remember the Miners gets the cash, I think it was a brilliant incentive by AD Luck.

      Well done, Mountaineers!

      • pinball wizzard

        it was huggie's lawyer who demanded it not Luck , you fool

        • Aaron

          Demanded is such a strong word hatter. Do you have proof of this?

  • Aaron

    It has taken everything Hall of Fame Coach Bob Huggins has to keep this team from falling apart. Congratulations to the WV Mountaineers for an outstanding victory over a great team.

    Country Roads take me home,
    to the place, I belong,
    West Virginia

    It's a great day to be a true Mountaineer fan.

    • Greg

      + 1

  • Leroy j Gibbs

    The big 12 stepchild! Way to go mountaineers!

  • 4WVUinKY

    It is an absolutely awesome day to be a true Mountaineer fan...once, always, and wherever!

  • Beaver Sniffer

    Refs & ESPN bite. All KU.

    • Aaron

      Enjoying the game Hatter?

      • mad hatter

        and you were the one who said we wouldn't win,,,, here's a dish of crow

        • Aaron

          Unlike most Barry, I don't get mad when you lie so blatantly, I see it for the sad desperate cry for relevance it is.

          I'm sorry it doesn't work.

      • Beaver Sniffer

        R u saying I'm mad Hatter.

        • Aaron

          I'm saying that Hatter has a penchant for creating monikers in the style of this one and pretends to be a WVU fan. I'm still not sure that's not the case as I've not seen this moniker before.

          • Aaron

            I understand Hatter. WV won and you got nothing else. I'm ROFLMAO and happy to be a real Mountaineer.

          • Myron

            You guys are spot on with Aaron.

          • Beaver Sniffer

            Hey 4WVUinKY - thanks for the support. I saw what happened in the bathroom and u were quite impressive thou I thought sticking his head in the toilet was a little excessive. I did give u credit for calling him a cab. Let's have drinks sometime...call me.

          • mad hatter

            im the hatter and the wizzard, you IQ and columbo techniques are sour.

          • 4WVUinKY

            As I have seen yours and believe you to be an Iowa State fan. In fact, I was in Ames recently and had a guy named Aaron approach me in the mens restroom...as you may recall, it wasn't your best solicitation. You are way off base son...stick to your day job.

  • Leroy j Gibbs

    Refs are trying like hell to get kansas a win

    • 4WVUinKY

      Agree. I'm here & win or lose these ref's r horrible. Called walk on Devon but wiggins took 12 steps earlier

      • james hicks

        I agree with that, the west does not want WV from the east to win. I thought the Big East had bad calls but if you watch each game the refs were calling everything on WV and letting the others get away wit every thing.

      • Harpers Ferry

        Who participates in a comment section on WVMetronews, or any site for that matter, while attending a game? I, too, was at the game and the last thing on my mind was "I need to comment on WVMetronews." Either wait until after the game or give your tickets to a real fan.

        • Jeff

          Harpers ferry u weren't at the game because you posted a few weeks ago that you couldn't afford the $20 for parking you Marshall troll loser.

          • 4WVUinKY

            To the Harpers Ferry....it's so easy to get your type rilled up...bad parenting and angry management issues makes you unhappy.

            First of all, it's none of your business who post, when they post, and what they post...espicially while your yanking your own post. Your thinking I was threading you says it all...you're obviously a self centered, self righteous, bully that needs serious psychotherapy for your narcissism. Good luck with that.

          • Harpers Ferry

            @4WVUinKY
            1.) I'm sorry for not catching your response until now. I don't check up on WVMetronews like it's my job.
            2.) BHO? Really? You OBVIOUSLY don't know me.
            3.) Thanks for the invite to Fat Daddy's, but I stopped going there 12 years ago when I was in college. I don't like my drinks watered down.
            4.) If the invite to Fat Daddy's was some kind of veiled threat then, again, you OBVIOUSLY don't know me. Who threatens people on messages boards? Losers, posers, and yellas. If it was a threat, it's time to seriously reexamine your life.

            @Jeff
            How did you know? You are one amazing, omniscient troll! I don't expect you to know what omniscient means because you seem to be lacking between the ears, and the legs.

        • Steve

          Harpers ferry u weren't at the game because you posted a few weeks ago that you couldn't afford the $20 for parking you Marshall troll loser.

        • 4WVUinKY

          Still here... Want to meet @ Fat Daddy's

        • 4WVUinKY

          1. I do
          2. I'll post when I want BHO.

  • 4WVUinKY

    Only the blind can't see the potential in this team. Absolutely incredible potential.

    • Aaron

      The biased and jealous see it, they just can't admit what anyone decent basketball mind knows. Rest assured though, that with each ignorant comment, that is proof that they know the truth.

  • Mike

    Staten - the best point guard in the country!

    • 4WVUinKY

      What he said.

  • 4WVUinKY

    We r on a mission...hope it continues till buzzer sounds. Coliseum is all buzzed up! Please Mounties, don't let up, play like champions!

    • Beaver Sniffer

      I'm sure William the Tucus, Little Larry, The Hatless Wonder r enjoying this so far

  • Leroy j Gibbs

    Wow if they can only play like this all the time

  • jay zoom

    one half in 31 games its about time. but when its all said and done we will see

    • Aaron

      I know your sad Jay. You'll have to wait until another day.

      • mad hatter

        one more time,, your, vs. you're,,, grammar my friend

    • Aaron

      You can only hope, right Jay.

      • mad hatter

        aaron , for a marshall fan like you, i'm happy you saw the light , and came over to wvu... goo eeeeerrrrssss.

        • Aaron

          I do like Marshall Barry and it bothers me that their program has deteriorated to the point that it has.

          I blame the football Johnny-come-lately's who demanded bigger and better, to the point that they've got the rest of Marshall sports in no win situation, traveling in the same manner WV does without the pay.

          While I thought Marshall should have stayed in the Southern Conference, once the left the MAC, I knew in terms of sports, they were done. It's really not fair to the student athlete's, especially since the nimrods who somehow thought Marshall was compete on WV's level have abandoned the sinking ship that is Marshall Athletics.

          If only the MAC would take them back.

        • Jeff

          Hahahaha the mad hatter is mad!!!!

    • GoEers

      Glad to see a Marshall fan like yourself watches all 31 WVU basketball games.

      Thank you for your support.

      • Aaron

        Unlike the persona that is William/Hatter/Barry, I'm not so sure Jay is a Marshall fan. For some reason he's got an intense dislike for all things Huggins. I'm of a mind that he's a former walk on who didn't make the cut.

  • Billy

    Williams is playing his best half of the season.