MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia’s Esa Ahmad had hoped to urge his invulnerability entering a matchup with No. 2 Kansas. He finished adult with a career scoring night.
Ahmad got copiousness of open looks during a basket and pennyless out of a sharpened unemployment with a career-high 27 points to lead No. 18 West Virginia to an 85-69 attainment Tuesday, gnawing a Jayhawks’ 18-game winning streak.
No. 1 Villanova also mislaid Tuesday, 74-72 to Marquette.
“I’ve kind of been pacifist and only flitting a round around,” Ahmad said. “I took it on myself. My teammates looked for me and kept me positive. we adore those guys for that.”
Ahmad led West Virginia in scoring over a initial dual months of a deteriorate though entered Tuesday’s diversion with 4 true games in singular digits.
He scored West Virginia’s initial 8 points opposite Kansas and finished 10 of 17 from a field. His prior scoring high was 19 points on dual other occasions.
“We didn’t ensure him and he got off to a good start,” Kansas manager Bill Self said. “Of a group that played unusually good tonight, we suspicion he was substantially a best actor in a game.”
Coach Bob Huggins pronounced Ahmad, a 6-foot-8, 225-pound sophomore, was West Virginia’s “best chance” during violence Kansas.
“Esa had dual good days of practice, and he’s a best man during aggressive a rim,” Huggins said. “He’s got size. He’s wider. He’s got those outrageous hands.”
West Virginia (16-4, 5-3 Big 12) blew a double-digit lead after halftime for a third true game. Svi Mykhailiuk’s 3-pointer put a Jayhawks forward 59-58 mid by a second half. But that was their final lead.
Kansas (18-2, 7-1) afterwards went scarcely 3 mins between margin goals. Ahmad started and finished a 12-1 run with baskets to put a Mountaineers forward 70-61 with 4:55 left.
West Virginia singular a turnovers to 8 and went 19 of 23 from a line, creation 9 of their final 10.
“We did both of those things today,” Huggins said. “And when we do, we’re flattering good.”
Nathan Adrian combined 11 points and Daxter Miles Jr. and Tarik Phillip any had 10 for West Virginia, that kick Kansas for a fourth true time in Morgantown.
Josh Jackson matched a deteriorate high with 22 points before fouling out for Kansas. Devonte’ Graham combined 17 points and Big 12 scoring personality Frank Mason III finished with 15, restraining his third-lowest indicate sum of a season.
Kansas: This was a start of a Jayhawks’ toughest widen of a deteriorate with games opposite 3 true ranked teams, including dual on a road. Kansas came into a diversion sharpened 50 percent from a margin though was singular to 42 percent (25 of 59) on Tuesday.
The Jayhawks also went 6 of 15 from a giveaway chuck line.
“Just got to get in a gym and get improved during that,” Jackson said.
West Virginia: The Mountaineers snapped a two-game losing strain with arguably their many finish opening of a season. When Kansas took a lead mid by a second half, West Virginia didn’t shrivel a approach it did in waste to Oklahoma and Kansas State.
“It was a contingency win,” Phillip said. “It’s what we talked about all week. Losing wasn’t on a mind.”
Coupled with an 89-68 attainment over then-No. 1 Baylor on Jan. 10, West Virginia achieved a singular attainment of defeating teams ranked initial and second in a AP check in same season. During a 2011-12 unchanging season, Indiana kick No. 1 Kentucky and No. 2 Ohio State.
Huggins changed past Eddie Sutton into ninth place in vital college story with his 807th career victory. Huggins also warranted $25,000 for another win over a Jayhawks, a chapter from a 2012 agreement extension.
Kansas plays during No. 4 Kentucky in a SEC/Big 12 Challenge on Saturday, afterwards hosts No. 5 Baylor on Feb. 1.
West Virginia hosts Texas AM on Saturday ine a SEC/Big 12 Challenge.
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