The No. 19 ranked West Virginia Mountaineers (18-7, 7,5 Big 12) fell victim to the Oklahoma State Cowboys’ (15-10, 5-7 Big 12) upset bid this afternoon in Morgantown, possibly derailing WVU’s Big 12 regular season title hopes. Final score 88-85.
West Virginia led most of the game, but the Cowboys refused to go away. Oklahoma State’s Lindy Waters hit a corner three with 1:30 remaining to tie the game at 81-81. Jevon Cater nailed a deep two to put the Mountaineers up 85-83 with 35 seconds remaining.
Oklahoma State responded with a missed shot on the other end, but managed to wrangle in the offensive rebound and kicked it out to Waters who nailed another three to give the Cowboys a one point lead with 14 seconds left on the clock.
West Virginia brought the ball down the court, and Beetle Bolden threw up a prayer from just in front of the Mountaineer bench. Oklahoma State grabbed the rebound, allowing Jeffrey Carroll III to throw a dagger through the hearts of the Mountaineer fans in attendance with a monsterous jam as the clock expired.
West Virginia was led by Jevon Carter with a career high 33 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Esa Ahmad finished with 16 points and Lamont West added 10 points off the bench.
The Mountaineers return to action on Monday when they take on the TCU Horned Frogs in Morgantown. That game will tip off at 9:00PM on ESPN2.