LAWRENCE, Kan. — Udoka Azubuike scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half and No. 13 Kansas used a blistering spurt to close out the final three-and-a-half minutes to secure a 77-66 victory over No. 20 West Virginia at Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday night.
Trailing the Mountaineers 66-58 in the closing minutes of the game, the Jayhawks (21-6, 10-4 Big 12) used a 19-3 run over the final 3:33 to pull away from the visitors and stay in the hunt to repeat as conference champions.
Azubuike also had five rebounds, three blocks and two steals, while Devonte’ Graham added 15 points and made nine of his 10 attempts from the free throw line, along with grabbing eight rebounds and seven assists for Kansas, which picked up a much-needed home win.
Malik Newman finished with 11 points for the Jayhawks, who shot nearly 47 percent from the field.
Daxter Miles Jr. led West Virginia with 22 points, and made 6-for-9 shots from 3-point range.
Jevon Carter added 15 points, seven assists and six rebounds and Lamont West scored 11 points for the Mountaineers (19-8, 8-6 Big 12).
West Virginia took the lead with 17:22 left and held the advantage until the game was tied again at 66 with a little over two minutes remaining.
After that, it was all Kansas, as West Virginia ended up blowing another double-digit second-half lead in each of its last three games against Kansas.
With the win, the Jayhawks, who hit four of their last five shots, moved to one game back of Texas Tech.
NEXT TIME UP
The Kansas Jayhawks will make a quick turnaround on Monday night where they will look to knock off Oklahoma and Trae Young at home.
The West Virginia Mountaineers stay on the road to face Baylor on Tuesday.