West Virginia’s star freshman duo of Oscar Tshiebwe and Miles McBride gave the Mountaineers life on offense as they earned their first conference win of the season at Oklahoma State, 55-41.
Tshiebwe and McBride were forces on their respective places on the court, combining for 22 points. The duo, along with third-leading scorer Derek Culver, shot a combined 66.7 percent from the floor.
Overall, though, both teams struggled offensively and it began at the opening buzzer. Both teams struggled to make over 30 percent of their shots for much of the first half. West Virginia’s offense didn’t truly spark until Miles McBride came off the bench to push West Virginia to be the first team to double digits.
In fact, much of the West Virginia offense came from their bench — 19 of their 28 first-half points came from reserves like Taz Sherman, who added 6 points.
Cameron McGriff was the force for Oklahoma State’s attack, leading the Cowboys with 8 points in the first half.
West Virginia’s offense improved in the second half, with the Mountaineers shooting 44.4 percent in the final period of play. This was led by Tshiebwe, who scored 8 of his points in the second half on perfect shooting from the field.
As the Mountaineers figured out their scoring ability, OSU coach Mike Boynton’s rotation began to thin with foul trouble. Four Cowboys were in danger of fouling out, although McGriff was the only one to reach 4 fouls by the final buzzer.
After shooting just 28.7 percent in the first half from the line, the Mountaineers made an improvement in the second half, making 69.2 percent. Still, they made just 55 percent on the game.
Culver was just one point away from a double-double, scoring 9 points with 12 rebounds. His free throw shooting lacked, however, as he made just 3 of his 10 shots from the line.
Tshiebwe was just a pair of rebounds away from a double-double of his own, as he finished the game with 12 points.
The 17th-ranked Mountaineers return home for their next contest when they face no. 22 Texas Tech at home. The Red Raiders met the Cowboys in their last contest, defeating them 85-55 in Lubbock on Saturday.