MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–Svi Mykhailiuk scored 17 points and Devonte’ Graham added 16 as No. 10 Kansas defeated No. 6 West Virginia 71-66 on Monday night.
For the second time in two games the Mountaineers (15-3, 4-2) fell apart in the second half.
Mykhailiuk and Graham hit big shot after big shot down the stretch while WVU couldn’t make shots.
The two seniors combined for 26 points in the second half, including 20 of the Jayhawks’ final 26 points.
Udoka Azubuike chipped in 10 points before fouling out.
Sagaba Konate had 16 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks for the Mountaineers. Esa Ahmad tallied 15 and Jevon Carter 14.
WVU had a 41-28 lead at the half but Kansas (15-3, 5-1) chiseled away at the deficit in the second half. The Jayhawks used a 15-3 run to take a 61-60 lead with 3:49 remaining.
Carter’s jumper gave the Mountaineers a 64-63 lead but Mykhailiuk answered immediately to put Kansas back in front.
Mykhailiuk extended the Jayhawks lead to three with two free throws.
Konate missed a free throw but Miles tip-in cut WVU’s deficit to one with 1:01 left but the Mountaineers couldn’t get any closer.
“We don’t finish the job, that’s what disappoints me most,” head coach Bob Huggins said.
The Mountaineers forced 13 turnovers, nine of which came in the first half. WVU turned the ball over 16 times.
The Mountaineers shot 40 percent from the field, 19 from beyond the arc and 92 percent from the free throw line.
Kansas shot 44 percent from the floor 35 from 3-point range and 69 percent from the line.
WVU takes on Texas Saturday at 2 p.m.
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