Mountaineers Leave Stillwater With Hard-Earned Victory
Down by seven midway through the second half at Oklahoma State Friday night, West Virginia’s men’s basketball team was in real jeopardy of dropping its Big 12 opener.
But the Mountaineers put together a 25-9 run over a nine-minute span to open up a 76-67 lead with 3:11 remaining.
OSU made a late charge, cutting WVU’s lead to two, 81-79 with 34 seconds left, but West Virginia sealed an 85-79 victory at the foul line. Beetle Bolden and Sagaba Konate each hit a pair of free throws in the final 23 seconds to secure the win for the seventh-ranked Mountaineers, who improved to 12-1 overall and 1-0 in Big 12 play.
Though WVU had 18 turnovers in the contest, it did feature six players who reached double figures in the scoring department. Teddy Allen led the way with 15 points. Konate followed with 13 points and a team-high nine rebounds. Senior guards Jevon Carter and Daxter Miles each had 12 points, while Lamont West finished with 11. Bolden checked in with 10.
Jeffrey Carroll and Tavarius Shine both had 17 for the Cowboys (10-3/0-1), but the home team also turned the ball over 21 times and was beaten on the boards in the decisive second half 22-12.
Carter hit a big three-pointer to help fuel West Virginia’s charge, but the senior point guard also had a career-high eight turnovers and made only 2-of-10 shots.
Still, for the fifth straight year the Mountaineers opened the Big 12 portion of their season with an all-important road win.
West Virginia jumped out to an early 7-1 lead in the first half, but Oklahoma State countered and held a 24-15 advantage at the 10-minute mark. The Pokes took a 46-39 lead into the lockerroom at halftime, but they made just 10-of-25 field goal attempts in the second half, including only two-of-nine from three-point range.
The Mountaineers didn’t shoot a whole lot better themselves (13-of-25 from the field and one-of-eight from three), but they made 27-of-32 foul shots for the game, including 19-of-21 in the second half to leave Stillwater with the victory.
WVU will remain on the road for its next game as well, moving on to Kansas State to face the 11-2 Wildcats Monday at 5 p.m.
West Virginia has swept its two-game road series to start conference play in three of the past four seasons, splitting the trip last year, as it defeated Oklahoma State but lost at Texas Tech. Now the Mountaineers will go for the two-for in Manhattan.