The anticipation of a AP Top 15 West Virginia team coming to northern Oklahoma had many in the Tulsa and surrounding areas excited. For the first time in over two years, every seat in the Gallagher-Iba Arena was filled.
Then the Mountaineers emptied them.
Daxter Miles had a season-high 22 points to lead 11th-ranked West Virginia to a dominating 92-75 victory over Oklahoma State on Friday.
Jevon Carter added 15 points and Sagaba Konate added a season-high 12. Nathan Adrian nearly had a double-double with 9 points and a team-high 8 rebounds.
Phil Forte led three Cowboys (10-3) in double figures with 18 points.
The Mountaineers (12-1) really began to gain momentum after the first media timeout when Adrian blocked a shot by Oklahoma State’s Jeffrey Carroll and got the ball out to Miles who put it up for a layup and one.
That set up an 11-4 run by West Virginia and gave them a 21-11 lead going into the second media timeout. They had a 41-28 lead going into the locker room.
The Cowboys came to within eight of the Mountaineers coming out of halftime after a Jawun Evans layup and a Laymont Hammonds three pointer to close the score to 41-33. The Pokes kept the deficit to under ten for most of the next three minutes.
After two free throws by Evans after the second media timeout of the half, the score was 48-40 West Virginia. The Mountaineers then began creating turnovers and Oklahoma State was unable to capitalize on their offensive rebounds. Because of this, West Virginia went on a 13-5 scoring run and had 61-45 lead from which the Cowboys never recovered.
The Mountaineers finished with 26 points off of 19 Oklahoma State turnovers. They also outscored the Cowboys in the paint 50-30.
West Virginia resumes their schedule on Tuesday night as they head to Lubbock to take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Tip is set for 9:15 PM ET on ESPNEWS.