West Virginia Basketball Woes Continue Against Kansas, 65-91

Jamie Squire

Kansas runs WVU out of the gym on their first visit to Phog Allen.

This game started very similar to every West Virginia loss this season; the Mountaineers ran out to an early seven point lead that was fairly quickly erased and made a distant memory.

For a stretch, it looked like Jeff Withey and the Jayhawks were going to match the block record (20) versus WVU that was set long ago by UMass. Withey almost matched the record himself with 9 blocks. There was a stretch during the second half when Kansas could not miss when they hit WVU with a barrage of dunks and three pointers as the lead ballooned to 24 points with just over twelve minutes to go.

Early foul trouble hampered the Mountaineers as Aaric Murray, Dominique Rutledge and Matt Humphrey all had at least three fouls by the end of the first half. Murray fouled out at the 10:53 mark in the second half. None of that really mattered with the Mountaineers shooting a horrid percentage once again and Ben McLemore was hitting from all over for 36 points. Kansas shot a torrid 56.7% from the floor, including a staggering 61% from three.

The lone bright spot today for the Mountaineers was the performance of freshman Terry Henderson, who finished with 20 points. Rutledge also finished with 17 points and Eron Harris had 11.

WVU returns to action on Wednesday against Oklahoma on the road.

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