A rough shooting outing from the 13th-ranked West Virginia Mountaineers led them to their third straight road loss against the Oklahoma Sooners, 69-59.
The Mountaineers made 24 of their 76 shots for a 31.6-percent clip in the contest, their worst outing this season. The Sooners, on the other hand, shot 44.8 percent while taking 27 fewer shots than their opponents.
The scoring woes started early for West Virginia, with the Mountaineers making just 3 of their first 10 shots. Oklahoma struggled early as well with a similar mark, making 2 of their first 11 to keep the game knoted up while it was still in single-digits.
Oklahoma’s Kristian Doolittle gave the Sooners the spark they needed in the half, leading them to go on a red-hot streak. In the span of five minutes, the Sooners sunk 6 of their next 7 buckets, including a trio of three-pointers from Doolittle and Brady Manek.
Jermaine Haley was the only Mountaineer to get in an offensive groove in the first half, leading them with 8 points. In total, WVU made just a third of their shots and gave up 6 first-half turnovers.
Doolittle, on the other hand, was in double-digits for the first time in five games before halftime as the Sooners took a 7-point lead to the locker room.
Oklahoma continued their offensive domination of the Mountaineers, extending their lead to double-digits in the second half behind a 12-2 run that lasted almost 2 and a half minutes.
West Virginia’s goal was to get the ball inside to their big men, Derek Culver and Oscar Tshiebwe. Whenever they did, they were met with a swarm of Sooner defenders who held them to 16 points on 19 percent shooting.
Tshiebwe had 12 of those points, and was one of WVU’s only two double-digit scorers in the game. Haley was the other, and he led the Mountaineers with 15.
Doolittle finished with 28 points, which ties his season-high.
For just the fifth time this season, West Virginia was beaten on the boards. Despite grabbing 21 offensive rebounds, they were only able to muster 20 on the defensive glass. OU, on the other hand, grabbed 33 of WVU’s misses and 9 of their own.
This loss drops the Mountaineers to 6-4 in Big 12 play, with all four of those losses coming on the road. They return home to the WVU Coliseum on Wednesday when they host the third-ranked Kansas Jayhawks with the hopes of keeping their undefeated home record alive.