It has been a rough few days for Bob Huggins’ crew. Obviously the biggest story was the five-star, McDonalds All-American leaving the team, which the Mountaineers had to follow up with on the road for two games on short rest in Oklahoma.
At half time of Monday nights game, the great conclusion was that the trip to Oklahoma hadn’t gone well. The Mountaineers put together a nice comeback in Norman on Saturday, but fell short.
At the half against Oklahoma State they trailed by ten and it felt like it was only going to get worse... and it did.
West Virginia found themselves down 68-49 with 11:15 to go in the second half.
Then, just like in Norman, a spark was lit and the Mountaineers made a furious comeback.
What was the spark? As usual, a Taz Sherman bomb from behind the arc.
Sherman’s three, his third of the game, would begin a 15-1 Mountaineer run. Miles McBride would add three of his 21 points to follow up Sherman’s three, mix in a few free throws an exclamation point dunk by Emmitt Matthews, and West Virginia found themselves down just 69-64 with 7:55 to play.
While we had seen this play out a few days before in Norman, this one would end differently.
The Mountaineers would eventually take the lead 76-75 with 3:03 to go on a Miles McBride three pointer. McBride would follow with another three pointer with 2:33 left. He would also add four more points before the end of the game to seal the game for West Virginia. McBride was unstoppable in the last 10:17 of the game scoring 17 of his 21 points.
The Mountaineers would go on to hold of the Pokes 87-84.
Derek Culver led WVU scorers with 22 points and all rebounders with 19 board, seven of them offensive.
Kedrian Johnson had a notable breakout game as well. The junior college transfer ended with nine points and five assists in 25 minutes, but his biggest play came as he took a gutsy charge with under a minute remaining in the game.
Cade Cunningham led the Cowboys in the scoring column with 25 points and announcer mentions with 231.
West Virginia returns to action Saturday against the No. 4 ranked Texas Longhorns. That game will tip at 1PM ET and will be broadcast on ESPN.