No. 2 Kansas outlasts West Virginia 61-56

No. 2 Kansas outlasts West Virginia 61-56
January 28, 2013, 11:30 pm
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Kansas' Travis Releford (24) dunks over West Virginia's Jabarie Hinds, center, and Eron Harris (10) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Morgantown, W.Va., on Monday, Jan. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/David Smith)

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) Travis Releford and Jeff Withey both scored 15 points and No. 2 Kansas nearly relinquished a double-digit lead before beating West Virginia 61-56 on Monday night to extend the nation's longest winning streak to 18 games.

Kansas (19-1, 7-0 Big 12) shot 54 percent from the field in the first-ever meeting between the schools. The Jayhawks have held their last six opponents under 60 points.

Ben McLemore added 13 points for Kansas.

Aaric Murray led West Virginia (9-11, 2-5) with 17 points and Juwan Staten added 14.

West Virginia used several steals to trim a 15-point deficit to eight at halftime but never took the lead in the second half.