Despite having a 15-point lead midway through the second half, the West Virginia Mountaineers dropped a game inside WVU Coliseum for the first time this season, 89-87 to the Oklahoma Sooners in overtime.
The Sooners (8-9, 2-4) broke through the press easily most of the night, turning the ball over only 12 times in the first half while forcing 13 from the No. 7 Mountaineers (15-3, 4-2). Overall, OU outshot WVU 49.3 percent to 43.7 from the field.
WVU is now 0-2 in overtime games this season.
Jordan Woodard, who has missed a lot of time this season due to an injury, had two chances to win the game for OU, but his second chance was golden. He missed the potential game-winning foul shot at the end of regulation, but his redemption was sweet.
Jevon Carter made a free throw, but the Sooners quickly broke the press with Jordan Woodard. He drove to hit the game winner with two seconds remaining.
Carter reached his first career double-double, scoring 23 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Elijah Macon matched his second-best output, scoring 13 points.
Woodard led the Sooners with 20 points. Four other OU players also reached double figures.
Esa Ahmad saw only seven first-half minutes as he picked up two fouls. This definitely affected the WVU press and offensive prowess.
Jamuni McNeace was able to have his way for most of the first half, racking up 12 points on 6-6 shooting and four rebounds. He was matched by Kameron McGusty who went 5-9 from the field and 12 points.
The Sooners took a 37-34 lead into the locker room, but WVU looked to find its rhythm as the second half began.
WVU took the lead 46-45 at the 16:06 mark. OU cut the lead to one at 51-52, but then WVU mounted a 14-0 run, five from Adrian, to stretch the lead 66-51 at 8:56.
The Sooners answered with a 18-3 run to tie the game with 4:30 remaining. However, a quick 4-0 run from the Mountaineers gave them a 73-69 advantage at the three-minute mark.
WVU took a 79-77 lead with 20 seconds remaining, forcing OU into a last-shot scenario. Woodard made the basket and drew a questionable foul with four seconds remaining. His missed foul shot sent the game to overtime.
In the OT period, Oklahoma relied on Woodard to push the issue while WVU was unable to create offense in the half court. In the second OT loss of the season, WVU again shot below 50 percent from the foul line.
Khadeem Lattin fouled out in the OT period after fouling Carter on a made basket. He added the foul shot for a four-point advantage.