Big 12 Newcomer of the Week Oscar Tshiebwe and the West Virginia Mountaineers are hoping to return to the win column against Oklahoma State in Stillwater. Both squads are 0-1 in conference play and are hoping to get their first league win.
Before the action gets started, be sure to read our full preview of tonight’s game.
FINAL: West Virginia gets their first conference win of the season, 55-41 over Oklahoma State.
3:45 (WVU 55, OSU 37): McGriff commits his fourth foul of the game, while West Virginia has made their last three shots (the last of which was technically a goaltend, but it counts). The dynamic freshman duo of McBride and Tshiebwe are the top two scorers for West Virginia, combining for 22 points so far on the game.
4:50 (WVU 52, OSU 36): A double-teamed Derek Culver finds an open Brandon Knapper for the open three-pointer, leading to Mike Boynton’s calling a timeout. West Virginia has shot the ball much better in the second half at 46.7 percent. Oklahoma State has also improved their shooting (31.8 percent for the half) but their game percentage still sits below 30 percent.
7:34 (WVU 45, OSU 34): Laurent and McGriff join Anei with 3 personal fouls so far, while Sean McNeil is the only Mountaineer to get that number as of yet. Tshiebwe is at the line when the two teams come out of the media timeout.
11:48 (WVU 41, OSU 27): West Virginia is doing a good job of building on their lead despite the Cowboys being able to get points of their own. It’s still been quite a messy game so far, but the Mountaineers have seemed to thrive.
15:50 (WVU 33, OSU 21): Yor Anei is the first player of the game to enter foul trouble as he commits his third just before the media timeout.
16:18 (WVU 33, OSU 21): West Virginia’s big men give their team 5 points to open up the first half, but a pair of free throws from Jonathan Laurent gives OSU some points as well. Tshiebwe and Culver are now tied for the game lead in rebounds with 7 each.
West Virginia first-half scorers: McBride (8); Sherman (6); Tshiebwe (4); Culver, Knapper (3); Harler (2)
Oklahoma State first-half scorers: McGriff (8); Waters (5); Likekele (4); Anderson (2)
HALFTIME: Oklahoma State scores a bucket quickly, but Miles McBride nails a three pointer as the clock winds down to extend the Mountaineers’ lead into the locker room. WVU leads 28-19.
:27.7 (WVU 25, OSU 17): Bob Huggins calls timeout to draw up what could be the last play of the half.
1:06 (WVU 25, OSU 17): Culver muscles in a layup on the block to give West Virginia their largest lead of the game so far. The only Mountaineers in danger of foul trouble so far are Sean McNeil and Brandon Knapper (each with 2 and on the bench).
3:13 (WVU 23, OSU 17): In a messy series of possessions, Taz Sherman bangs a couple of three-pointers to get points back onto the scoreboard for West Virginia. The 8-4 run is capped off by a fastbreak alley-oop from Jermaine Haley to Oscar Tshiebwe, who has 4 points and 5 rebounds in his team-leading 12 minutes. In addition, 8 of West Virginia’s points have come on the second chance from WVU’s 8 offensive rebounds, 6 of which have come from Tshiebwe and Derek Culver.
7:32 (WVU 12, OSU 11): In the last nearly 6 minutes (5:53), West Virginia has had more turnovers (4) than made field goals (1) — which is a pretty good indication of their offensive play so far. Luckily for them, Oklahoma State is still struggling as well, but Cameron McGriff gave a slight boost to put the Cowboys back in the lead for a while.
11:22 (WVU 10, OSU 7): Deuce McBride comes off the bench to chip in a quick 5 points, going 2-for-3 off the bat. The rest of the Mountaineers can’t find the bottom of the net, though, as the team is on a 2-minute, 3-second drought.
14:37 (WVU 5, OSU 4): The first half has gotten off to a slow start offensively with both teams combining to make just 26.7 percent of their shots. The only difference is a Derek Culver free throw, although he has missed three to go along with it. His counterpart Oscar Tshiebwe is starting to exert his will on the offensive glass already with 2 offensive boards and another on the defensive end.
Oklahoma State wins the tip and this one is underway.
- Jordan McCabe
- Jermaine Haley
- Emmitt Matthews Jr.
- Derek Culver
- Oscar Tshiebwe
- Jonathan Laurent
- Isaac Likekele
- Lindy Waters III
- Cameron McGriff
- Yor Anei