MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Juwan Staten made a layup with 4 seconds left to lift No. 23 West Virginia to a 62-61 victory over No. 8 Kansas on Monday night.
Staten finished with 20 points to give the Mountaineers (20-6, 8-5 Big 12) their first 20-win season in four years.
It was Staten’s first field goal over the final eight minutes after he had gone to the bench with leg cramps.
After Staten made a spin move around Frank Mason III and hit a left-handed layup, the Jayhawks’ Perry Ellis caught a long pass but missed a layup between two defenders just before the final buzzer.
Ellis finished with 19 points, Mason had 18 and Kelly Oubre Jr. added 14 points for Kansas (21-5, 10-3).
Jevon Carter added 13 points for West Virginia, including back-to-back 3-pointers to put West Virginia ahead 60-59 with 2:31 remaining.
Mason made a layup with 2:13 left to give Kansas the lead, but the Jayhawks didn’t score again. He missed another layup with nine seconds left and the ball went out of bounds, setting up the final possession for West Virginia.
Ellis had 15 points after halftime, capping a 10-0 run to start the second half with a 3-pointer to put Kansas ahead 40-33. But the Jayhawks later went seven minutes without a field goal.
Staten hit a layup and a jumper 50 seconds apart, and Jonathan Holton made a free throw to put West Virginia ahead 50-49 with 7:20 left.
The lead changed five times after that.
Kansas: The Big 12’s top 3-point shooting team made 6 of 11. … Wayne Selden, who averaged 16 points over his five previous games, was held to four Monday night.
West Virginia: The Mountaineers led by as many as 11 points in the first half, were ahead 33-30 at halftime and were outscored in the second half for the fifth straight game. … Devin Williams reinjured his right hand that had been heavily taped in a loss at Iowa State on Saturday. Williams, who had 22 points and 13 rebounds a year ago in a home win over Kansas, finished with eight points and four rebounds.
Kansas hosts TCU on Saturday.
West Virginia plays at No. 22 Oklahoma State on Saturday.