Ryan Petrovich, MORGANTOWN – West Virginia fell on the road to Oklahoma Wednesday night. The Sooners downed the Mountaineers 72-62.
Cameron Clark was able to knock down a shot while Juwan Staten drove the basket laying it in for the Mountaineers to start the game. The Sooners found the first three of the game as Clark scored the Sooner's first five points of the contest. The Sooners led the Mountaineers 8-4 with 16:50 remaining in the in the first half.
West Virginia tied the game at 10 after Staten hit a mid-range jumper. The Mountaineers then took the lead after the Sooners came up short on a three-point shot. Staten hit another jumper to put the Mountaineers ahead 12-10 with 12:30 to go in the first half.
Chase Connor hit a three near the top of the key to help break a 14-14 tie. Connor's three put the Mountaineers up 17-14 with 9:44 left to play in the first half.
The Sooners made two quick shots but Gary Browne found a three-pointer from the top of the key. Brown's three knotted the game at 20 with 7:22 remaining before halftime.
Ryan Spangler jammed home a dunk on a fast break for Oklahoma but the Mountaineers continued to answer. Browne found a tip-in underneath the basket. After a couple turnovers from both teams the Sooners led the Mountaineers 26-22 with 5:31 left in the first half.
Frank Booker drained a three pointer to extend Oklahoma's lead. A dry spell for the Mountaineers saw the Sooners go up by 11 with 2:36 remaining in the first half.
Staten scored a quick a basket on an out of bounds play to end the half. Despite a 13-2 run by Oklahoma, West Virginia managed to cut the deficit right before the half. The Sooners led 33-28 at halftime.
Staten scored a lay up to begin things in the second half for the Mountaineers. West Virginia made it a three point game with 17:51 left in the game.
Booker hit his second three of the night while Staten scored another lay up. After both teams exchanged multiple misses the Sooners led the Mountaineers 36-32 with 16:03 reaming in the game.
Staten scored 12 of West Virginia's last 14 points as he hit transition jumper from the wing. The Mountaineers found themselves down four, 40-36 with 14:04 to play.
Harris hit his first field goal of the night, a three to give the Mountaineers the lead. West Virginia went up 41-40 with 12:35 remaining in the game. The Mountaineers were able to go on a 9-0 run early in the second half.
The Sooners began to sink shots after West Virginia's run. Buddy Hield nailed two threes. The Sooners went back on top, leading the Mountaineers 50-45 with 9:09 to play.
Staten put in a quick transition lay up but Hields continued his hot streak. Hields hit a third three to give Oklahoma a 53-47 lead midway through the second half.
Browne hit a three pointer to help narrow the Mountaineers' gap but Clark hit a jumper while getting fouled by Kevin Noreen. Noreen picked up his fifth foul while Clark completed the old fashion three-point play. Oklahoma led West Virginia 56-50 with 6:32 remaining in the game.
The Mountaineers began to fall apart as the Sooners took control late in the second half. Oklahoma found their largest lead of the night, 63-50 with 4:21 remaining.
A big-time second half from Hields proved to be too much for the Mountaineers. Oklahoma defeated West Virginia 72-62.