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West Virginia Takes Care Of Oklahoma State 81-72

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Devin Williams tied a career high with 22 points as the Mountaineers held off a hot shooting Oklahoma State team this afternoon 81-72.

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Despite four OSU starters scoring in double figures, the Mountaineers were able to come away with a victory on Senior Day in Morgantown on Saturday afternoon. The difference in today's game was the bench scoring and made free throws by the Mountaineers. WVU had 28 points off the bench compared to only 3 from OSU. WVU also shot 19 more freebies than the Pokes.

WVU held several double digit leads in today's game but a hot shooting and pesky Oklahoma State team would just not go away. Just when the Mountaineers would build the lead up to it's largest points, OSU would come down and drain a three or get a couple easy dunks. Devin Williams led the way for the Mountaineers, tying his career high in points with 22. Daxter Miles also chipped in 15 for WVU.

Of note:

  • 15 points off of 11 Oklahoma turnovers in the first half
  • Both teams shot well; WVU shot 48.1% and OSU 54.2% (thanks in no small part to 10+ OSU dunks)
  • OSU shot 11/21 from three vs 8/20 for WVU
  • Both teams also shot well from the line with WVU making 23 of 30 and OSU making 9 of 11
  • OSU had no FT attempts in the first half, despite 7 fouls on WVU
  • Devin Williams had a great first half, 4 rebounds, 12 points including 6/6 from the FT line, finishing with 22 points, 13 rebounds and 14 of 15 from the line
  • Juwan Staten and Gary Browne were both still out of action today

WVU finishes the season 23-8 with an 11-7 record in the Big 12. Next up for the Mountaineers is the Big 12 tournament in Kansas City. WVU will await their Big 12 seeding based on later Saturday results. We will update this as the results come in.

UPDATED SITUATION:

UPDATE II:

With TCU losing to Iowa State,  WVU will face Baylor in the Big 12 Tournament quarterfinals, 12:30 pm ET on Thursday, March 12 on ESPN2.