MORGANTOWN - The hottest start all season wasn't enough for the Mountaineers to hold off the Cowboys of Oklahoma State, falling 80-66.
It wasn't a fun road trip for the Mountaineers who played a game in the state of Oklahoma for the first time since 1955.
it wasn't a poor game for West Virginia (9-10, 2-4). The team shot just under 43% from the field and had 13 assists.
It was the hottest start the Mountaineers had all season. At one point in the first half, the team had a 13-point lead and had total control of the game.
At that time, the team was shooting 53% from the field, had seven assists on nine made field goals, and orchestrated three steals to go on a 11-2 run.
In a matter of minutes Oklahoma State (13-5, 3-3) made West Virginia forget about any such lead. The Cowboys went on a 19-3 run of their own behind sixth man Phil Forte and three three-point field goals. The run could have lasted longer, but it was cut short by the horn calling for halftime.
momentum didn't change in the second half. The Cowboys scored 50 points in the second half to seal the deal on the Mountaineers.
Forte continued to lead the charge as his team knocked down five straight three-point field goals in the second half. By the end of the game, Oklahoma State was 10-for-19 from beyond the arc.
finished with a career high in points with 26.
The freshman was 6-for-11 from deep. His teammate Markel Brown wasn't far behind as he finished with 24-points of his own.
the Mountaineers it was Eron Harris producing in his fourth career start. In his previous three starts he averaged 15.3
points. Today he finished with 17-points, two points shy of his career high which he set three nights ago against TCU.
Deniz Kilicli also scored in double digits, but was disqualified with five fouls in the second half. He added five rebounds and two assists.
One of the biggest games of the year is on Monday as West Virginia hosts Kansas at the Coliseum. Kansas is currently the No. 3 team in AP rankings.