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Defense Leads Jayhawks to Huge Road Win

The Jayhawk defense limited the Mountaineers to just one field goal over the final nine minutes of regulation as No. 3 Kansas closed the game on an 18-3 run to complete a 58-49 come-from-behind victory over No. 14 West Virginia Wednesday night inside WVU Arena. Sophomore Devon Dotson led all scorers with 15 points as the Jayhawks claimed their ninth-straight win.

The Jayhawks moved to 21-3 on the year and 10-1 in Big 12 play. West Virginia fell to 18-6 in its 2019-20 campaign and 6-5 in league play.

MOMENT OF THE GAME
With 8:23 remaining in the game, senior Isaiah Moss connected on his second of three 3-pointers on the night to cut the Mountaineer lead to 46-43. That shot marked the first three points of an 18-3 game-closing run that saw the Jayhawks sprint to the finish, with Moss netting nine points during the stretch. The KU defense was impregnable, forcing nine WVU turnovers in that span and a pair of blocks off the hands of Udoka Azubuike as KU closed out its seventh-straight road win. West Virginia went 1-of-12 from the field over the final nine minutes.

STAT OF THE GAME
27.6% – The KU defense held West Virginia to just 27.5% shooting in the second half of action. It marked the 10th time this season and the fifth time in Big 12 play that a KU opponent has shot 30% or worse in a half. This stingy defensive effort in the final frame helped KU overcome a nine-point deficit, its largest deficit erased this season and the biggest comeback in a road game since the Jayhawks posted a 16-point comeback against WVU two seasons ago in Morgantown.

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