(MORGANTOWN, W.Va) — Second-ranked Kansas defeated West Virginia 61-56 on Monday for their 18th straight win.
The streak is the longest in the nation this season, but the team isn’t worried about it. “None of us are paying any attention to it,” Kansas guard Travis Releford said. “We don’t sit around in the locker room and talk about it because we know it’s a long season. So we’re not too worried about it.”
The Jayhawks (19-1) blew an early 15-point lead but recovered late to stop the Mountaineers.
“The second half we just kind of pieced it together,” Kansas coach Bill Self said. “Our defense needed to be good because we didn’t score, either. I thought defensively we did a pretty good job.”
Jeff Withey scored 15 points for Kansas, who had 16 turnovers despite shooting over 50 percent from the field.
West Virginia (9-11) had only four baskets over the game’s final 10 minutese.
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Jill Martin, CNN