In what is becoming a disturbing trend, the West Virginia basketball team blows yet another double-digit lead and falls to the Oklahoma Sooners, 67-57.
Second chance points for Oklahoma and poor shooting for West Virginia in the second half ended any hopes WVU had of getting their first conference win in their Big 12 debut.
To start the game, Aaric Murray rattled home a three. Murray ended up scoring eight of WVU's first 11 points. As a team, however, West Virginia was shooting just 25% (3-12) from the field at the second media timeout.
After a dreadful 1-14 shooting stretch, Terry Henderson hit a pair of threes to keep the OU lead from growing any further. This WVU team started to look like they did when John Beilein coached the Mountaineers, shooting three after three. This seemed to be the only way to score on the Oklahoma zone.
After trailing 27-24, West Virginia went on a 9-0 run to take a six point lead. A turnover by Gary Browne and fast-break layup by Sam Grooms for OU ended the run. The half ended with a Juwan Staten pass to Terry Henderson for a reverse lay-in to extend the WVU lead to 35-29 as both teams went into the locker room.
West Virginia shot 19 threes in the first half and ended up making nine of them. Henderson was the story of the half, shooting 5-7 from three and leading the Mountaineers in scoring with 18. Juwan Staten distributed the ball all over the place, finishing the half with six assists.
Scoring was pretty balanced for Oklahoma in the first half. Romero Osby had seven and Amath M'Baye, Steven Pledger, Je'lon Hornbreak, Cameron Clark and Isaiah Cousins had four.
Picking up right where he left off in the first half, Terry Henderson nailed a three to give the Mountaineers their biggest lead of the game at 10 early in the second half.
Turnovers allowed the Sooners to cut into the WVU lead and OU cut the lead back down to five, causing Bob Huggins to call a timeout. Deniz Kilicli scored his first points of the game to end the OU run.
However, the 12-point lead for West Virginia vanish because of missed shots, poor defense and turnovers. The Sooners retook the lead with a little more than nine minutes to go in the contest.
Both teams traded the lead back-and-forth towards the end of the second half. OU eventually went on a 9-0 run to give them a 60-55 lead. Juwan Staten ended the run with two free throws.
The Sooners were able to pull away late in the second half and defeated West Virginia, 67-57. WVU ended up losing again after having a double-digit lead at some point during the game.
After out-rebounding the Sooners in the first half, West Virginia was out-rebounded in the second 22-16. WVU shot 30% overall for the game from the field, while Oklahoma shot 44.3%. Even though West Virginia was hot in the first half from beyond the arc, they went just 2-11 in the second half from the perimeter.
Terry Henderson scored just three points in the second half after scoring 18 in the first to finish with 21, leading the team. Jabarie Hinds (11) and Juwan Staten (10) were the other two Mountaineers to finish with double-digits.
Romero Osby led the Sooners in scoring with 21, followed by Steven Pledger with 12.
West Virginia falls to 7-6 overall and 0-1 in the Big 12. OU moved to 10-3 overall and 1-0 in the conference.
West Virginia travels down to Austin, TX to take on the Longhorns in their next contest Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2.