Thankfully Oklahoma State was coming off a loss at Texas Tech on Saturday, just as West Virginia was coming off a battle in Lawrence.
Neither team came out on fire or even fluid.
With 8:31 to go in the first half, the score was just 11-10 in favor of Oklahoma State. Both teams looked rusty and flat offensively but the Mountaineers showed a tremendous amount of grit, especially defensively, despite the offensive woes.
A pair of Taz Sherman three pointers would spark a 16-6 West Virginia run in the last 6:21 of the half. To cap the run, Miles McBride drove the legth of the floor, hitting a three under duress from the top of the key as the buzzer sounded. The Mountaineers led 28-19 at the half.
WVU would start the second half on a 7-2 run, capped by a Jordan McCabe three-pointer, extending their lead to 37-21.
Oklahoma State showed some life, cutting the score to 47-36 with 13:12 remaining. The Mountaineers would go on to win the game 55-41 after leading by as many as 18 down the stretch.
Oscar Tshiebwe led the way for the Mountaineers with 12 points and 8 rebounds. Derek Culver added 9 tough points and 12 rebounds. Miles McBride was the other double-digit scorer with 10 points.
Wet Virginia returns to action Saturday, welcoming Texas Tech to the friendly confines of The Coliseum.