West Virginia came up short once more against Oklahoma State. The Cowboys downed the Mountaineers 81-75 on Saturday afternoon.
Devin Williams and Juwan Staten got things started by hitting jumpers. West Virginia took a 4-2 lead with 16:21 early in the first half.
Eron Harris extended the lead after hitting a three-pointer. The Mountaineers showed good shooting early on to take an 11-8 lead with 12:43 remaining the first.
Oklahoma State began to climb back in it as sloppy play from the Mountaineers landed Le'Bryan Nash at the free throw line. Nash knocked down one of two from the line to bring the score to 16-13 with 10:32 on the clock.
A turnover from the Cowboys led to an easy layup for Terry Henderson. Oklahoma State called timeout as the Mountaineers went up 23-17 with 7:58 remaining before half time.
Nash continued to keep the Cowboys alive by completing an old fashion three-point play. Henderson would answer on the other end after getting fouled and hitting both free throws. West Virginia led 26-21 with 6:53 left in the first half.
The Cowboys tied things up with 6:15 remaining the first half. Markel Brown went two for two from the foul line to even the score at 26.
An "and-one" play from Nash put the Cowboys up 32-30 with 3:45 remaining in the first half. Oklahoma State closed out the first half on a 10-0 run including two last second dunks.
Nash finished the first half with 18 points while Staten for West Virginia dropped 12.
Oklahoma State led West Virginia 42-35 at the half.
"We kind of let it get away from us at the end of the first half," said head coach Bob Huggins. "It's hard."
Harris started the second half off with a three-pointer. West Virginia gained some early momentum. The Mountaineers trailed 42-38 with 18:40 remaining.
"I think this game is the most confidence I've ever played with," said Harris. "I just wanted to help my team. We're going to learn from every game. We lose because of the little small details that we mess up."
Harris continued to shoot the ball well. Harris got fouled taking a three and buried all three free throws and then proceeded to knock down his third three of the half shortly after. Harris' three's tied the game at 44 with 15:58 to play.
Harris led the Mountaineers in scoring with 21 points while Staten had 19 and Henderson dropped eight.
A 360 dunk from Brown brought the Cowboys' momentum back but it was Gary Browne's pump fake from behind the arc that gave him three shots from the foul line. West Virginia led 50-48 midway through the second half.
Threes from Phil Forte and Stevie Clark gave the Cowboys a quick lead but it was Staten for the Mountaineers knocking down a midrange jumper to answer. Back and fourth action led to Oklahoma State having a 60-58 lead with 9:01 remaining in the contest.
Oklahoma State shot 26-59 (44.1 percent) from the field, 4-24 (16.7 percent) from beyond the arc and 25-34 (73.5 percent) from the free throw line.
After an easy bucket and a plus one from an in bounce play by Nash, G. Browne for the Mountaineers was called for a charge giving the ball back to the Cowboys. Oklahoma State took advantage as another "and-one" play by Nash made the score 66-60 in favor of Oklahoma State.
Nash finished the game with a career-high 29 points while Brown scored 15 and Forte chipped in with 13.
West Virginia hung around late in the game due to Harris hitting two more threes. However Harris picked-up his fifth foul with 3:35 left to play taking out the Mountaineer's hot hand.
"When we lose Eron, it's hard," said Huggins. "The man gets 21 [points] in 21 [minutes]."
"I think things starts to get a little rough when guys were getting into foul trouble," said Staten. "That hurt us. I think it's all part of the growing process. At some point we are going to get it."
The Mountaineers went 21-57 (36.8 percent) from the field, 8-20 (40 percent) from three-point land and 25-32 (78.1 percent) from the foul line.
Nathan Adrian knocked a three down from the top of the key while Williams managed to get a goal tending call and a shot from the free throw line. The Mountaineers would narrow their deficit to five.
However, West Virginia was unable to get back into in as Oklahoma State beat the Mountaineers for the second time this season, 81-75.