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Kansas beats West Virginia 88-74 to reach Big 12 finals

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Mar 15, 2019 11:50 PM 1+ week ago

The former Memphis standout scored 24 points and the No. 17 Jayhawks, who failed to win a share of the Big 12 regular-season title for the first time in 15 years, roared into the conference tournament title game with an 88-74 victory over West Virginia on Friday night.

"It wasn't our best game," Lawson said, "but looking forward to going out there and playing for a championship. Looking forward to going out there and winning something meaningful."

Quentin Grimes added 18 points before leaving late with cramps, Devon Dotson had 13 and Marcus Garrett 11 for the third-seeded and reigning champion Jayhawks (25-8). They advanced to the final for the third time in four years and will face fifth-seeded Iowa State.

"We need to learn how to close something out, and we get that opportunity tomorrow," Jayhawks coach Bill Self said. "They have the same opportunity. It's going to make for a great game."

The 10th-seeded Mountaineers (14-20) led much of the first half and hung tough ...

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