University of Kansas

Jayhawk report (Feb. 8)

Saturday’s box score

No. 8 Kansas 83, WVU 69

WEST VIRGINIA Min FG FT Reb A PF PT
Dibo 17 2-9 2-2 1-3 1 4 7
Staten 39 7-12 8-10 0-3 4 2 22
Williams 12 1-4 2-4 2-6 0 5 4
Harris 39 3-10 8-8 0-6 3 1 17
Henderson 22 0-3 2-2 0-0 0 0 2
Adrian 18 1-3 0-0 0-1 1 4 3
Browne 23 1-3 2-2 1-4 1 1 5
Watkins 13 3-3 1-3 1-1 1 5 7
Noreen 17 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 4 2
Totals 200 19-48 25-31 5-28 11 26 69

Percentages: FG .396, FT .806. 3-Point Goals: 6-23, .261 (Harris 3-9, Browne 1-2, Adrian 1-3, Dibo 1-7, Henderson 0-2). Team Rebounds: 3. Blocked Shots: 2 (Watkins, Harris). Turnovers: 14 (Staten 4, Harris 4, Henderson 3, Dibo, Williams, Noreen). Steals: 4 (Staten, Adrian, Harris, Browne). Technical Fouls: None.

KANSAS Min FG FT Reb A PF PT
Selden, Jr 28 5-7 4-6 0-1 2 3 17
Tharpe 28 2-7 0-0 1-2 4 3 5
Embiid 17 3-4 5-8 1-12 1 4 11
Wiggins 38 6-14 7-10 3-4 3 2 19
Ellis 21 4-8 0-0 1-5 1 2 8
Mason 23 2-4 1-1 0-1 5 2 5
Greene 5 0-1 0-0 0-2 0 1 0
Black 21 3-3 5-7 1-4 0 4 11
Traylor 18 3-3 1-2 1-3 1 3 7
Lucas 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Totals 200 28-51 23-34 8-37 17 24 83

Percentages: FG .549, FT .676. 3-Point Goals: 4-14, .286 (Selden, Jr. 3-5, Tharpe 1-4, Greene 0-1, Mason 0-1, Wiggins 0-3). Team Rebounds: 3. Blocked Shots: 6 (Embiid 3, Mason, Traylor, Wiggins). Turnovers: 12 (Wiggins 3, Selden, Jr. 3, Embiid 2, Traylor, Greene, Tharpe, Black). Steals: 7 (Traylor 2, Ellis 2, Wiggins 2, Mason). Technical Fouls: None.

West Virginia 36 33 69
Kansas 43 40 83

A—NA. Officials—Rick Hartzell, David Hall, Mike Roberts.

Mason jarred

Late in the second half, KU freshman guard Frank Mason was at the scorer’s table quietly doing a couple of pushups. It was a strange scene, but perhaps it made sense.

“I just felt like doing some,” said Mason, who also provided a spark with five assists in the first half.

Mason finished with five points, while junior guard Naadir Tharpe (five points) struggled on offense. He also added the highlight of the first half, crossing over West Virginia’s Gary Browne in transition and leaving him awkwardly falling to the floor.

“If you were going to pick three guys and say who was the most valuable player in the game, I’d definitely take Frank, Jamari (Traylor) and Tarik (Black),” KU coach Bill Self said. “They were great in the first half.”

Embiid OK

Freshman center Joel Embiid landed awkwardly late in the second half, tweaking his back. Embiid said he had treatment after the game, and Self said he appeared fine.

“He came down funny on the other end when he got fouled, but that’s why I was going to sub for him,” Self said. “But he’s fine. At least he better be.”

1974 revisited

Kansas honored members of the 1974 Final Four team during the game, including head coach Ted Owens and players Donnie Von Moore, Tom Kivisto and Roger Morningstar.

“It’s cool,” Self said. “I hope I’m around when they bring the ’08 team and ’12 team back in 2035 or 2040. But it’s cool to see coach (Owens) come back, because he’s still connected to all his players. He does a remarkable job of staying in touch with folks.”

Rustin Dodd

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