No. 2 Kansas holds off upset-minded West Virginia
Morgantown, WV (Sports Network) - Travis Releford and Jeff Withey each scored 15 points, leading second-ranked Kansas to a 61-56 victory over the West Virginia Mountaineers.
Withey added seven rebounds and four blocks in Kansas' first-ever meeting with West Virginia.
Ben McLemore supplied 13 points for the Jayhawks (19-1, 7-0 Big 12), who extended the nation's longest winning streak to 18 games.
Aaric Murray had 17 points and seven rebounds for West Virginia (9-11, 2-5).
Down by as many as 15 in the first half, Juwan Staten hit a jumper to pull the Mountaineers within 48-46 with a little more than 10 minutes remaining in the game.
However, Releford drained a 3-pointer from the left corner to put the Jayhawks up 55-46. But West Virginia refused to go away and another Staten basket closed the gap to 60-56 with 24.5 seconds remaining.
After Kevin Young connected on 1-of-2 free throws, Withey made a couple key blocks to preserve the win.
The Jayhawks raced out to a 14-2 lead as the Mountaineers misfired on their first seven field goal attempts. Two Young free throws pushed the margin to 22-7 with 9:22 left in the opening frame.
Kansas' 18-game winning streak matches the second-longest during the Bill Self era ... West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins is 0-5 all-time against the Jayhawks.
01/29 00:48:29 ET