Mountaineers Hold On For Win At Oklahoma
West Virginia survived a flurry at the finish and left Oklahoma with a 75-73 victory over the Sooners.
With the win, WVU, which also beat the Sooners a couple weeks ago in Morgantown, improved to 18-6 overall and 7-4 in the Big 12, while OU dropped to 16-7 and 6-5.
It was the Sooners’ first loss at home this season in a dozen games at the Lloyd Noble Center, and it snapped Oklahoma’s 14-game win streak at home. The last team to win in Norman? The Mountaineers who pulled out a victory in Norman last season, after losing in their first four trips to OU as a member of the Big 12. It’s the first time WVU has swept home-and-home series against the Sooners.
Lamont West came out on fire for the Mountaineers, hitting his first five three-point attempts of the first half to spot West Virginia an early double-digit lead. Oklahoma freshman Trae Young responded with 17 first half points of his own, but the Sooner point guard didn’t have a single assist in the first 20 minutes, and WVU took a 50-40 lead into the lockerroom at the game’s midway point.
Points weren’t as easy to come by in the second half, though.
West Virginia continued to hold the lead in the second half, but after extending their advantage to 11 early in the second period, the Sooners made a late charge. Esa Ahmad made just the first of two foul shots in the final seconds, leaving WVU in front by two. Young came down looking for a tie or a lead, but the Mountaineers withstood a flurry of OU opportunities, and thus they left Norman with the hard-earned win.
West had 17 for WVU, while Sagaba Konate finished with a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds. Young poured in 32 points but had just one assist to go along with six turnovers
West Virginia will be back home for its next game, as it hosts Oklahoma State at noon on Saturday. The Cowboys, who dropped an 85-79 decision to WVU in Stillwater earlier this season, are currently 14-9 overall and 4-6 in the Big 12. OSU hosts Baylor Tuesday prior to its trip to Morgantown.