Have you ever seen a team that can beat anyone but also lose to anyone? If you watched West Virginia on Saturday, you saw that team play.
The Mountaineers have been abysmal on the road in Big 12 play. Flat and disinterested are words that come to mind. Even when the effort as been there, they have just been bad.
Such was the case in Norman on Saturday afternoon.
West Virginia started the game strong, leading for the first ten minutes of the game. This gave spectators pause and hope, thinking that the Mountaineers might have found a way to fix their road woes.
This was not the case.
West Virginia would be outscored 16-8 in the final 9 minutes of the half, giving Oklahoma the halftime advantage 31-24.
Despite and early glimmer of hope, the second half would be more of the same.
West Virginia cut the lead to 35-30 on Miles McBride jumper with 16:42 to go but Oklahoma would score ten unanswered points in the next four minutes to push the lead to 45-30.
The Sooners’ largest lead was 18 before the Mountaineers began to apply full court pressue. West Virginia cut the deficit to as little as eight in the last two minutes but it wasn’t enough as Oklahoma held on to win 69-59.
Stats That Matter
Oklahoma out rebounded West Virginia 42-41. West Virginia did win the battle on the offensive glass 21-9, but still lost.
West Virginia shot 31.6% from the line, 24-76 from the floor. Oklahoma had only 49 shots but made 22 of them.
Jermaine Haley had 15 points and Oscar Tshiebwe had 12 as the only Mountaineers in double figures.
Taz Sherman was 2-2 from the beyond the arc continuing to show that he will contribute more to this team as we head down the stretch.
West Virginia welcomes Kansas to the Coliseum on Wednesday.