FINAL: Oklahoma topples No. 20 West Virginia, 73-62

WVU Men's Basketball

After taking a tough loss to the Sooners on the road earlier this year, the Mountaineers have the chance to get one back from Oklahoma at the WVU Coliseum. The action tips off at 4 p.m. on ESPN2.

This contest could prove to be pivotal for the Big 12 Tournament. The Texas Longhorns jumped ahead of both Oklahoma and West Virginia on Saturday afternoon after taking down Texas Tech in Lubbock. That puts the Longhorns in sole possession of the Big 12’s 4-seed, one game behind the Red Raiders and a half above Oklahoma and West Virginia.

Be sure to stop back here as the game unfolds, as this thread will be continuously have updates and analysis on the contest.

2nd half:

FINAL: West Virginia falls to Oklahoma, 73-62.

:33 (OU 70, WVU 57): The Mountaineers are unable to score on the other end and have to once again resort to fouling the Sooners.

:55.3 (OU 68, WVU 57): Harler and McBride lead the Mountaineers on a 13-2 run to get the deficit down to single digits, but it’s foul time for WVU. Kristian Doolittle is the first to go to the line, and he makes the front end of a 1-and-1 before the timeout. He leads everyone with 18.

3:34 (OU 63, WVU 49): …And just like that, it’s a basketball game again. West Virginia really starts moving with big plays from McBride, Chase Harler and Jermaine Haley, with Harler becoming a big factor on the defensive end. McBride is now the team’s leading scorer with 11 points and a 5-for-10 mark from the field (all of those misses came from deep, but he’s perfect from two).

7:08 (OU 58, WVU 38): Miles McBride has scored the last 6 points for the Mountaineers with three buckets from inside the arc — but in between those makes are six misses. Meanwhile, the Sooners have made their last 5 shots, and 13 of their 18 second-half attempts. 9 of OU’s second half points came off West Virginia turnovers.

11:26 (OU 48, WVU 31): The Sooner lead is now up to 12-2, making now 6 of their last 8. The Mountaineers haven’t put a point on the board since 2:09, and are a dysmal 1-of-11 from deep.

13:09 (OU 45, WVU 31): Oklahoma bolsters its lead behind a red-hot shooting streak, making 7 of their last 8 attempts. Three Sooners have hit double figures — Brady Manek, Kristian Doolittle and Jamal Bieniemy.

15:29 (OU 38, WVU 29): Both West Virginia and Oklahoma came out of the break firing, each making 4 of their first 6 shots. Here’s the catch: while WVU has scored all of their buckets inside the arc, two of Oklahoma’s came from outside. As we start through the second half, both teams are jostling for an advantage on the boards both on the court and the stat sheet. Right now, the Mountaineers have a +1 advantage.

The last bucket made by Oklahoma was overturned after a replay review. The scoreline sits at 25-21 to start the second half.

West Virginia first half scorers: Tshiebwe (7); Culver (5); McBride (3); Osabuohien, Matthews Jr., Haley (2)

Oklahoma first half scorers: Bieniemy (8); Doolittle, Reaves (5); Manek (4); Harmon (3)

1st half:

HALF: After both teams go scoreless for the last 3 minutes and 23 seconds, the Sooners sneak one in at the buzzer to go up 27-21. West Virginia finishes the half with 10 straight misses.

2:56 (OU 25, WVU 21): West Virginia gets on a 6-0 run to take the lead, but it swings right back to Oklahoma’s favor with their own 7-0 lead. Miles McBride checked in for WVU and made their first three-pointer of the game in six tries.

7:41 (OU 18, WVU 17): All of Oklahoma’s field goals since the first media timeout have come from deep, but that’s led to a drought for them offensively over the last 2:24. In that time, West Virginia has vehemently tried to get the ball inside and earned buckets from Derek Culver and Gabe Osabuohien. Jamal Bieniemy and Austin Reaves lead OU’s scoring effort with 5 points each, while Tshiebwe’s 7 still leads West Virginia.

11:21 (OU 14, WVU 13): Oscar Tshiebwe is asserting his will on this one early, scoring the Mountaineers’ next five points, including a fastbreak dunk to add to his highlight reel. Sandwiched in between those buckets, though, was a pair of three-pointers by Oklahoma, the first of the game.

13:49 (OU 8, WVU 8): Offense is hard to come by for both teams, with neither making even half their shots to start this contest off. In fact, both teams have scored four field goals, each by a different player. West Virginia has scored all of their points inside, while the Sooners are looking for jumpers — whether they’re going down or not, however, is a different story.

WVU starters:

  • Jordan McCabe
  • Jermaine Haley
  • Emmitt Matthews Jr.
  • Derek Culver
  • Oscar Tshiebwe

OU starters:

  • De’Vion Harmon
  • Austin Reaves
  • Jamal Bieniemy
  • Kristian Doolittle
  • Brady Manek

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