Kansas Survives Late Mountaineer Rally, 76-74

It was a thrilling finish at Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday, as No. 3 Kansas edged out West Virginia 76-74 to take sole possession of first place in the Big 12. The Jayhawks (24-5, 12-4) trailed by as many as 10 points in the second half, but rallied behind their star guard Kevin McCullar Jr., who scored a career-high 28 points and hit six three-pointers. McCullar also made a crucial steal and drew a charge in the final minute to seal the win for KU.

West Virginia (16-13, 8-8) gave Kansas all it could handle with its physical defense and balanced scoring. The Mountaineers had four players in double figures, led by Joe Toussaint with 18 points. They also outrebounded KU 38-32 and forced 15 turnovers. However, they missed some crucial free throws down the stretch and could not stop McCullar from catching fire.

The game came down to the final possession, when West Virginia had a chance to tie or win after KU’s Jalen Wilson missed a free throw with six seconds left. Toussaint drove into the lane but was called for traveling after McCullar stepped in front of him. The Jayhawks celebrated as time expired and moved closer to their 16th Big 12 title.

Pregame Tuesday on 95.5 KNDY and Z-96.3 The Lake will begin at 7:30 p.m., with tipoff to follow at 8:00 p.m.

Derek Nester
Derek Nesterhttp://www.sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.


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