In a game that seemed to be completely made up of runs, Oklahoma had the last one and dropped the Mountaineers in Morgantown by 14.
WVU only led the game once in the first half, at 2-0 to start the game and Oklahoma would open up several leads of 9 points only to have the Mountaineers come running back to keep the game close. Then WVU opened up the second half with a run of their own to take a 4 point lead that would grow to six before another Sooner run put Oklahoma back on top. Once the game was tied at 52, Oklahoma pulled away for the final margin.
The West Virginia pressure didn't have it's usual effect on the Sooners, only causing 9 turnovers for the game. The Mountaineers had 12 themselves. Buddy Hield was the superstar he's been billed to be all year during today's game, getting 29 points, including 15 by way of 5 for 11 from behind the arc*.
*If I hear Fran Fraschilla mention his name in conjunction with "garbage three" one more time, so help me...
Tarik Phillip led the Mountaineer scorers from the bench with 17. Jaysean Paige added 13 and Devin Williams was the lone starter in double figures with 10. The Mountaineer starters only combined for 23 points total.
The full box score can be seen HERE.
The loss drops the Mountaineers into a three way tie for second place (before tie breakers) with Baylor and the Sooners with only four games left before the conference tournament in Kansas City.
WVU has a quick turnaround and will be back in action Monday when they host the Cyclones in another edition of Riot Ball at 9 pm as part of Big Monday on ESPN.
WVU unveiled the statue of "Hot Rod" Hundley during today's festivities, joined by Mountaineer and NBA great, Jerry West.