West Virginia (10-6, 2-1 in conference play) was unable to pull off the upset victory over No. 11 Oklahoma State (14-2) on Saturday. A 73-72 loss would hand West Virginia their first Big 12 loss of the season.
The Mountaineers would start the game scoring the first two buckets. Eron Harris drained a jumper while Terry Henderson followed it up with a quick drive through the lane for a layup.
With 16:28 left to play in the first half, Juwan Staten added to West Virginia's lead by hitting two foul shots. WVU would lead 10-4 early on.
Oklahoma State would begin to chip away at West Virginia's lead. Marcus Smart would pick up a close-range jumper to bring the Cowboys within 3.
However, Henderson would answer for the Mountaineers. Henderson knocked down a three with 14:33 left in the first half. West Virginia's lead would grow to 15-9.
Le'Bryan Nash would soar down the lane on the Cowboys' next possession making the layup and picking up a foul. Nash completed the old fashion three to bring the score to 15-12, still in favor of the Mountaineers.
Coming off the first media timeout, Cowboys' Stevie Clark would hit a three-pointer while Phil Forte would do the same. Henderson would respond again with another three for West Virginia. Back and forth action led to a 22-20 West Virginia lead with 10:07 left in the first half.
Oklahoma State would then run the court, as West Virginia's transition defense couldn't stop layups from Smart and company, but it was a three ball by Harris and a jumper by Henderson that increased West Virginia's lead to 29-24 with 7:55 to play before the half.
Remi Dibo would come off the bench and nail a three for the Mountaineers. An 8-0 run by the Mountaineers would have Bob Huggins' squad on top 32-25 with 7:08 before halftime.
The Cowboys would take advantage of the Mountaineers' foul troubles though. Oklahoma State would bury several foul shots to keep the game close. Forte would then knock down a quick transition three with just under a minute left to tie the game at 39.
Devin Williams would hit a turn around jumper just before time expired to allow West Virginia to carry a 41-39 lead into the locker room at the half.
Oklahoma State would pick-up the first basket of the second half to knot the game once more. A foul on Kamari Murphy sent Williams to the line for the Mountaineers. Williams was able to sink both free throws to give the Mountaineers an early 43-41 lead in the second half.
Smart would give the lead back to the Cowboys after hitting a three from the top of the key while a foul on Kevin Noreen sent Nash to the line to shoot two. Nash missed the first but not the second as Oklahoma State increased their lead to 47-43 with 16:14 left to play in the game.
The Cowboys shot 27-60 (45 percent) from the field, 8-20 (40 percent) from beyond the arc and 11-16 (69 percent) from the foul line.
Smart scored 22 to lead the Cowboys on the day, while Nash dropped 18 and Brown chipped in with 12.
West Virginia would regain some momentum with 14:35 on the clock. Henderson would hit another three pointer giving the Mountaineers a 50-47 lead.
West Virginia would finish the game 24-58 (41 percent) from the field, 8-21 (38 percent) from behind the arc and 16-19 (84 percent) from the foul line.
Henderson would lead the Mountaineers in scoring with 21 points while Staten followed him with 20.
With 10:24 left to play, the Cowboys began to take charge. Forte buried another three and a turnover from Brandon Watkins led to a break away dunk by Markel Brown. A 7-0 run by Oklahoma State would find West Virginia down 56-52.
"Our problem is we have a whole bunch of freshman who don't understand how hard you got to play for how long at this level," said Huggins. "When you take plays off people take advantage of you."
An old fashion three-point-play from Staten would cut into the Cowboys' lead. The Mountaineers would only trail by one with 8:44 left to play.
The Mountaineers would stay alive from the free throw line. Williams would go one for two from the line bringing the Mountaineers within two, 64-62 with 5:30 remaining.
After Smart hit a three for the Cowboys it was Henderson once more to answer for the Mountaineers. Henderson would knock down another three and big-time transition layup by Staten tied the game at 67.
Henderson would do it again, hitting a huge three with just over a minute left in the game to give the Mountaineers a 72-70 lead.
"I took it personal from the jump," Henderson said. "Just got to get it out of our head. I really think we play hard every big-team really hard. We learn from each game."
The Cowboys would answer with 11 seconds remaining. A three ball by Brown would give the lead back to Oklahoma State, 73-72 with just 10 seconds remaining.
West Virginia would look to hit the game winner as Staten would drive the lane, but heavy traffic would have Staten's layup attempt fall short.
"We gave 120 percent effort in that game," said Harris. "It's just a couple technical things we're going to get over. No use sulking about this game."
"If the ball goes in, we're all sitting here talking about how far we've come," said Huggins. "We're trying to win. The two greatest emotions in the world, winning and losing. I don't like this emotion."
Oklahoma State would go on to win 73-72.