Kansas vs. West Virginia score, takeaway: Mountaineers snap six-game losing streak to No. 3 Jayhawks

West Virginia defeated No. 3 Kansas 91-85 on Saturday on the strength of a 3-point shooting performance, handing the Jayhawks a Quad 3 loss. The Mountaineers were 10-point underdogs at home, but they got tremendous performances from Raequan Battle and Pat Suemnik en route to their biggest win of the season.

Kansas (15-3, 3-2 Big 12) came back from down 77-70 to take the lead with less than three minutes to go. But the Mountaineers (7-11, 2-3 Big 12) came away with three key offensive rebounds on a single possession late in the game and made their final eight free throws.

As the final horn sounded, West Virginia fans rushed the court. Battle led WVU with 23 points, while Suemnik added a career-high 20 points. The Mountaineers made 12 of 21 shots from beyond the arc. While Kansas shot 53.4% ​​from the floor, it hit only 1 of 11 attempts from 3-point range in the second half.

The result marks Kansas’ second Big 12 road loss after KU fell 65–60 to UCF as a 7-point favorite on January 10. This is the second consecutive Saturday that West Virginia has defeated a ranked team at home after WVU defeated the then-No. 1 team. 25 Texas 76-73.

In an otherwise difficult season, the past two weekends have been moments of relief for the Mountaineers, who had to endure an ugly end to legendary coach Bob Huggins’ tenure and the roster implosion that accompanied it during the offseason.

the fight is coming big

When his fight took place outside the court, there was a big fight case against That resulted in a ruling in December from the NCAA that made second-time graduate transfers eligible this season. He is also performing great on the court. After starting off late December with three straight games of 24+ points against non-conference opposition, the Battles cooled off a bit to start Big 12 play.

But he was on fire again on Saturday, making 7 of 14 shots to lead the Mountaineers, including 3 of 7 from 3-point range. His 17 points in the first half set the tone and his offensive rebound with 35 seconds remaining proved to be the result for WVU to put the game away.

Kansas withers under pressure

Kansas used a 12–4 run to take an 81–80 lead with 2:41 remaining when KJ Adams hit a pair of free throws. From there, both teams struggled to perform and the Jayhawks were particularly uninterested in getting back to basketball. Trailing 82–81 and needing a stoppage, the Jayhawks gave up three offensive rebounds on a single possession in the final minute, which led to three West Virginia free throws. Those huge boards contributed to WVU’s 31-22 rebounding edge.

Kansas also got away from using center Hunter Dickinson in the second half. The seven-footer did not attempt a shot from the floor over the final 10:52 of the game as the Jayhawks neglected their most reliable offensive option. With Kansas freezing cold outside, it could use more of Dickinson. Despite only attempting three shots in the second half, he still finished with 19 points.

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