MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Devon Dotson scored 15 points and No. 3 Kansas finished the game with a 9-0 run to beat No. 14 West Virginia 58-49 on Wednesday night.
The Jayhawks (21-3, 10-1 Big 12) won for the 9th straight time and remain a game behind 1st-place Baylor.
Isaiah Moss had 7of his 13 points after halftime for Kansas.
West Virginia (18-6, 6-5) fell flat after leading by as many as 9 points in each half and lost at home for the first time this season.
Freshman Oscar Tshiebwe (Kennedy Catholic High) led the Mountaineers with 14 points and 9 rebounds, but had just 2 points after halftime. Jordan McCabe tied a season high with 10 points.
West Virginia is stumbling after rising as high as No. 12 in the AP Top 25 last month. It has lost 2 straight with another big test coming up Saturday at No. 1 Baylor.
Several turnovers and poor shot choices by West Virginia allowed Kansas to forge ahead for good. The Mountaineers scored just 1 point and failed to hit a field goal over the final 6 minutes.
Moss made 4 free throws and a 3-pointer in the span of 1:10 to put Kansas ahead 54-49 with 4:42 remaining. Dotson hit 4 free throws in the final 2 minutes to complete the scoring.
The Jayhawks earned a hard-to-get win in Morgantown and have taken 8 of the last 9 meetings against the Mountaineers. The Mountaineers are in danger of losing a very high seeding in the NCAA Tournament. Last week, the NCAA penciled in WVU as a No. 2 seed.
Kansas hosts Oklahoma on Saturday. The Jayhawks beat the Sooners 66-52 on Jan. 14 in Norman, Oklahoma. WVU has dropped 3 straight on the road.