It was too good to be true...almost.
The Mountaineers and Bob Huggins both earned their first ever win over the Kansas Jayhawks on a Saturday afternoon where for three quarters of the game, it looked to be a dump-trucking. Credit Andrew Wiggins, a resilient Jayhawks team plus a few questionable calls by the refs and the result became less than certain in the last couple of minutes.
How bad was it for Kansas for most of the game? Bill Self ran out of timeouts with 13 minutes to go.
WVU raced out to a 50-38 halftime lead and continued to build it to a 25 point second half lead on hot shooting, including a career day by freshman Devin Williams and a stingy defense. For the day, WVU shot 52.9% from the field and made 9 of 16 three-pointers. It didn't feel like it, but WVU also won the rebounding battle 37-31.
Despite that stingy defense, Wiggins was well on his way to a career day...then he decided to really take over and before you knew it, that 25 point lead was down to 5 with around two minutes to go. Wiggins had almost half of the Jayhawks total with 41 before fouling out with under a minute to go.
Williams finished with another double-double, 22 points and 13 rebounds, while Staten had 24 points (with 9 assists) and Eron Harris led all WVU scorers with 28. Terry Henderson also played for the first time after missing the last few games with an illness. While he only scored 4, his presence was surely a lift for the Mountaineers, who now head to the Big 12 tournament looking for a few more wins and hopefully a shot at the NCAA's.
Huggs just became $25K richer (so he has that going for him, which is nice) and it was a HUGE win for WVU:
Pants-off the rest of the day. And one more thing...