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West Virginia downs No. 8 Kansas

Morgantown, WV (SportsNetwork.com) - Juwan Staten had 24 points, nine assists and five rebounds as West Virginia held off eighth-ranked Kansas for a 92-86 win at WVU Coliseum on Saturday.

The Mountaineers (17-14, 9-9 Big 12) led by as many as 25 in the second half, but saw that lead evaporate to just five with less than a minute to go. WVU went 7-for-8 from the line down the stretch to seal its first-ever win over Kansas.

Eron Harris added 28 points on 5-of-7 shooting from 3-point range and Devin Williams finished with 22 points and 13 rebounds for the Mountaineers.

Andrew Wiggins provided his most impressive performance of the season, pouring in a season-high 41 points to go with eight rebounds, five steals, four blocks and two assists. The highly-touted freshman was 12-for-18 from the field and finished 15-for-19 from the free-throw line.

Perry Ellis added 14 points for Kansas (23-8, 14-4). The Jayhawks dropped two of their last three regular-season games, but had already secured the top seed in the upcoming Big 12 tournament.

Harris' 3-pointer just over three minutes into the second half had WVU up 64-39. Wiggins then opened up a 10-2 run with a three-point play to pull the Jayhawks within 66-49. Wiggins scored the first seven points of the burst.

WVU managed to stretch its lead back to 21, 76-55, with 8 1/2 minutes to go, but a 13-2 run from Kansas, capped with a Wiggins triple, had the Jayhawks within 10 with 6:16 to go.

The Mountaineers scored seven straight to make it 85-68 with just over four minutes to go, but Kansas scored 12 straight to rally within five.

First, Wiggins buried a wide-open 3-pointer from the right wing then stole the ensuing inbounds pass under the basket and slammed it home. Wiggins then knocked down a jumper to make it 85-75 before Tarik black tipped in a Jamari Traylor miss and Frank Mason capped the flurry with a 3-pointer at the 1:25 mark.

Staten went to the line twice around a Wiggins missed 3-pointer and was 3- for-4, but Mason nailed a triple with 25 seconds left to keep Kansas alive. Harris converted a pair of free throws on the other end, but Brannen Greene nailed a trey with 12 ticks showing.

Harris was fouled again and made both free throws and Andrew White missed a 3- pointer in the closing seconds as the Mountaineers held on for the win.

The teams traded baskets over the first four minutes of the game. Williams knocked down a pair of free throws to spark a personal 9-2 run that staked the Mountaineers to an 18-11 lead.

After Traylor pulled the Jayhawks within five, 22-17, with 11:39 to go in the first half, WVU opened a 12-6 run, capped with back-to-back jumpers from Williams to make it 34-23 just inside the eight-minute mark.

Wayne Selden buried a 3-pointer and Wiggins blocked a shot on the other end before going the length of the floor and throwing down an emphatic tomahawk slam to pull the Jayhawks within six, 34-28. WVU responded with six straight points to stretch its lead back to 12 just moments later.

The Mountaineers took a 50-38 lead into the break. It was the most points Kansas has allowed in the first half all season.

Game Notes

WVU has nine wins over top-10 teams under head coach Bob Huggins ... The Mountaineers were 17-for-20 from the free throw line in the second half ... WVU shot 56.3 percent from 3-point range ... Kansas in 0-4 this season when it's are outrebounded ... Wiggins scored 24 points in the second half.

03/08 15:07:44 ET

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