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No. 3 Kansas Hands West Virginia Third-Straight Loss in Big 12, 76-62



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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — No. 3 Kansas handed West Virginia their third-straight Big 12 Conference loss on Saturday, knocking out the Mountaineers 76-62.

Kansas came out the gates firing away. The Jayhawks made six of their first seven three’s. KU freshman guard Gradey Dick started off 3-of-3 from deep in the first half. Foul trouble led to Dick sitting out some minutes.

Dick finished with 16 points on 4-of-7 shooting. All four of Dick’s field goals came from beyond the arc.

West Virginia couldn’t get anything going on both ends of the floor. WVU shot 35 percent from the field and 20 percent from three.

WVU G Erik Stevenson had trouble getting a shot to fall, shooting 4-of-19 from the field. Stevenson, a fifth-year senior, ripped his jersey in frustration second half, coming back wearing No. 51.

Down 12 with two minutes in the first half, West Virginia went on a 7-0 run led by Tre Mitchell. Mountaineers went into the half down seven.

Mitchell led West Virginia in points with 15 on 5-of-12 shooting.

WVU G Joe Toussaint made his first start for the Mountaineers this season, filling in for the injured Kedrian Johnson. Johnson suffered a concussion against Oklahoma State. Toussaint played 35 minutes, finishing with eight points, four rebounds and five assists.

Sophomore forward James Okonkwo got quality minutes against the Jayhawks, recording 18 minutes with four points and six rebounds.

Since 2014, West Virginia is 6-3 when hosting Kansas at the WVU Coliseum. Mountaineers have never lost back-to-back home games against the Jayhawks until Saturday.

WVU is still searching for their first win in the Big 12. West Virginia has lost to Kansas State, Oklahoma State and Kansas all within the last week.

West Virginia will take a few days off before hosting No. 19 Baylor at the WVU Coliseum on Wednesday. Former WVU F Jalen Bridges will make his awaited return to Morgantown with Baylor. Mountaineers and Bears will tipoff at 7 p.m. on ESPN+.

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