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No. 3 Kansas catches fire in second half, downs West Virginia

Jan 7, 2023; Morgantown, West Virginia, USA; Kansas Jayhawks guard Joseph Yesufu (1) shoots a three point basket over West Virginia Mountaineers guard Joe Toussaint (5) during the first half at WVU Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

Gradey Dick scored 16 points to lift No. 3 Kansas to a 76-62 victory over West Virginia on Saturday night in Morgantown, W. Va.

Dick drained four 3-pointers to help the Jayhawks (14-1, 3-0 Big 12) shoot 45.8 percent from beyond the arc (11 of 24) en route to recording their eighth straight win.

Kansas’ Jalen Wilson collected 14 points and 14 rebounds and Kevin McCullar Jr. had 12 and eight, respectively. K.J. Adams Jr. added 14 points and Dajuan Harris Jr. had 11 for Kansas, which scored 29 of the first 43 points of the second half.

Tre Mitchell recorded 15 points and five rebounds to pace the Mountaineers (10-5, 0-3), who have lost three straight games.

West Virginia’s Erik Stevenson, who entered the game averaging a team-leading 14.1 points, was limited to just 12 points on 4-of-19 shooting from the floor and 0-for-5 shooting from 3-point range.

The Mountaineers played without Kedrian Johnson, who — per coach Bob Huggins — sustained a concussion in the team’s 67-60 loss to Oklahoma State on Monday.

Emmitt Matthews Jr. made three straight free throws to cut Kansas’ lead to 47-41 early in the second half before the Wildcats responded with a 15-2 flourish. Wilson and Dick each drilled a 3-pointer to highlight that sequence.

Kansas didn’t take its foot off the gas, as Bobby Pettiford Jr. made a layup to push his team’s lead to 69-49 with 7:09 to play in the second half. That play ignited a small rush to the exits from many in attendance at WVU Coliseum.

Matthews drained a 3-pointer to trim Kansas’ lead to 30-24 with 6:22 remaining in the first half before the Jayhawks went on a 10-4 run, capped by a 3-pointer from Dick. Mitchell countered with a layup and a four-point play and Joe Toussaint added a free throw before Adams sank two from the charity stripe to give the Wildcats a 42-35 lead at halftime.

–Field Level Media