Big 12 Bounce: Kansas battles to comeback victory against West Virginia

Tristan Winkelman

Sports Blogger

@tristan_wink

Kansas vs West Virginia

Rock Chalk Comeback

Kansas once trailed by 16 points in this Monday night battle of top 10 opponents, but it rallied to defeat West Virginia 71-66. After shooting just 37 percent from the floor in the first half, the Jayhawks shot a much-improved 51 percent in the second half. The No. 10 Jayhawks did a great job of taking care of the ball in the second half while getting their star players more involved. The victory snapped a three-game losing streak to WVU for KU.

Handling the Pressure

WVU is third in the nation in turnovers forced per game with nearly 20, but KU turned the ball over only 13 times tonight. Handling the No. 6 Mountaineers’ full-court press is tough for most teams, but Bill Self’s squad did a solid job taking care of the ball in the second half to mount the comeback.

Stars Leading the Way

Svi Mykhailiuk led KU’s scoring with 17 points on the night while adding five assists and four rebounds.

Kansas guard Devonte Graham puts in a dunk for two after breaking down the court.
James Hoyt/Flickr

Devonte’ Graham finished with 16 points and six assists. The duo led the Jayhawk comeback in the second half with 24 of KU’s 43 points.  The Jayhawks held Jevon Carter to 14 points on only 4-of-15 shooting. Sagaba Konate put up a double-double for the Mountaineers with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

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