West Virginia wraps up the Old Spice Classic Tournament with a loss to Big 12 Conference foe Oklahoma, 77-70. The officially finish fourth in the event happening in Orlando, Florida.
This is the second straight loss for the Mountaineers as they fall to 1-3 on the season. Their only victory came in the opening game of the Old Spice Classic against Marist. Oklahoma advances to 4-1.
A 7-0 run with under five minutes remaining in the game put the Sooners ahead of the Mountaineers for good.
Gary Browne made a pair of free throws to tie the game after trailing by as much as 12 early on. He even forced an offensive foul from the Sooners on the next possession to give West Virginia an opportunity to take the lead.
However, the team couldn't capitalize, and the OU run began to put the game out of reach.
Two Sooners made lights-out plays, one in each half. Sam Grooms was handling the point when a cutting Cameron Clark called for the ball and leaped for a strong, one handed dunk to finish the alley-oop.
With under ten minutes remaining in the contest, the two combined for a play identical to the first. This time, Clark finished with two hands to give Oklahoma a five point lead at the time.
Despite the high-pressure defense from the Mountaineers, the Sooners managed to accomplish a high shooting percentage of 47% (27-57). WVU's shooting woes continued as they made 36% (21-58) of their shots.
Points made in the paint played a large factor in the outcome of the game as well. Oklahoma had 32 points in the paint, compared to just 20 from West Virginia. At the end of the first half, the difference was 20-4 in the category.
Leading the way for West Virginia were point guards Juwan Staten and Gary Browne. The two led the team in points, Staten with 15 and Browne with 13. They also produced the most assists with five combined.
Deniz Kilicli didn't score a single point until the second half, but it brought the Mountaineers back from being down 12. He finished with 13 points and four rebounds.
Keaton Miles passed his career points high in the first half following two three-point shots. He was 0-10 prior to knocking down the two jumpers. He had eight points in 23 minutes on the floor.
West Virginia will next see action Nov. 28 when they host VMI (3-3) at the coliseum in Morgantown. Oklahoma will play the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles on the same day.