Behind Eron Harris, the West Virginia Mountaineers downed the twenty-first ranked Oklahoma Sooners 91-86 in overtime Wednesday night at the WVU Coliseum in Morgantown.
Oklahoma started the game by attacking the paint, Jordan Woodard and Ryan Spangler took advantage inside by both scoring easy layups. Terry Henderson for the Mountaineers responded with a three at the other end. Oklahoma led early in the first half, 4-3.
Juwan Staten hit a midrange pull-up jumper for a score while coming up with a rebound on the other end and taking it the length of the court for a layup. Staten's two quick scores gave the Mountaineers the lead, 7-6 with 15:56 remaining in the first half.
Nathan Adrian received a dish from Staten who kicked it out from the lane. Adrian drained a three from the wing. Eron Harris then added a long two. West Virginia led Oklahoma 14-10 with 14:00 to play in the first.
Frank Booker found himself at the free throw line for the Sooners as Adrian fouled him taking a three-pointer. Booker was able to knock down all three foul shots to bring the Sooners within a point. West Virginia clung to a 14-13 lead with 13:00 left in the first.
West Virginia extended their lead midway through the first half as Devin Williams made a strong move inside for a bucket. Staten would then snag an offensive rebound and score a put-back layup. The Mountaineers went on 8-0 run lasting over 2:25. The Mountaineers led the Sooners 24-17 with 7:41 remaining in the first half.
Remi Debo and Henderson both drained threes to extend the lead for West Virginia. After Henderson's three, Oklahoma took a timeout to regroup. The Mountaineers led by a dozen, 37-25 with 4:00 remaining in the first half.
Buddy Hield finally found a basket from behind the arc. Hield hit the Sooners first three of the game with 1:53 left in the first half. The Sooners still trailed the Mountaineers 39-30 late in the first half.
Good shooting and solid defense from West Virginia allowed them to carry a 43-32 lead going into halftime. Henderson went 3-6 from beyond the arc, scoring 13 in the first half.
Both teams started the second half with cold shooting but Harris ended the cold spout as he drained a deep three to give the Mountaineers life early in the second.
Hield found a three for the Sooners but Harris hit a mid-range jumper to answer for the Mountaineers. At the first media timeout of the second half, West Virginia still maintained a double digit lead over the sooners, 51-41 with 15:29 remaining in the game.
After two quick fouls from Dibo and a blocking foul by Noreen, the Mountaineers committed three fouls in less than a minute. The Mountaineers recovered though as Henderson rolled in a layup inside the lane. Hield then hit a three for the Sooners. Back and forth action resulted in West Virginia leading Oklahoma 57-49 with 12:43 left in the game.
Tyler Neal buried a three to cut their deficit to just three. The Sooners charged back into the game with 10:22 reaming. West Virginia still led 61-58 midway through the second half.
Harris landed his third three ball of the night, knocking one down from the top of the key. The Mountaineers extended their lead to 64-60 with 9:48 remaining in the game.
Harris led the Mountaineers in scoring with 28 points while fellow guard Staten added 20. The Mountaineers shot 28-71 (39 percent) from the field, 11-31 (34 percent) from three-land and 24-32 (75 percent) from the free throw line.
After a series of missed baskets from both teams, Woodard broke the silence by getting to the free throw line and burying two foul shots. The Sooner still trailed, 69-64 with 5:37 left to play.
Tyler hit a three late in the second half to bring Oklahoma within four. The Mountaineers led 77-73 with 3:44 remaining in the game.
Woodard led the Sooners on the night with 23 points while Neal chipped in with 16. The Sooners shot 28-69 (41 percent) from the field, 5-19 (26 percent) from behind the arc and 25-30 (83 percent) from the foul line.
The Sooners tied the game on a layup from Spangler who also went to the free throw line on the shot. Spangler took the lead for the Sooners after completing the old fashion three. Oklahoma led 79-78 with 1:34 left in the game.
Henderson took a quick three looking to tie the game but found nothing but air. It was Harris though who off an inbounds play drained a three to tie the game at 81. This three sent the game into overtime.
Jordan found the first points of overtime for the Sooners to break the tie but Harris hit another three from deep behind the arc. Harris' three gave the Mountaineers an 84-83 lead with 3:09 remaining in overtime.
Staten found a midrange jumper to give the Mountaineers a three point lead with just under a minute remaining in overtime. The Mountaineers were able to avoid a total second half meltdown as West Virginia held on to defeat Oklahoma 91-86.