Same ending, different story as WVU falls to Kansas

KANSAS CITY — It took 120 minutes played out across 55 days, but West Virginia has now run the gamut of losses to Kansas this season. There was the one the Mountaineers gave away at home in January, the one they felt was taken away at Allen Fieldhouse last month and the one Saturday night they felt they couldn’t do anything about.

“They shot the leather off the ball,” guard Beetle Bolden said. “We guarded them as tough as we can. They just hit contested shots. Most of the time we did a good job closing out on them, but they just hit tough shots.”

No. 9 Kansas shot 56 percent in the game, 56 percent from 3-point range and 72 percent in the second half and made more 3s against the Mountaineers than anyone else has in 12 years to defeat No. 18 WVU 81-70 in the championship game of the Big 12 tournament.

“They’re going to beat everybody when they do that,” Mountaineers coach Bob Huggins said.

That’s obvious and also difficult for a team that prides itself on defense to admit as it lost this game for the third straight year.

Now, there were exceptions, those occasions when a defender got lazy and didn’t try hard enough to stay above a screen and be close enough to a shooter

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