NORMAN, Okla.–James “Beetle” Bolden scored a career-high 17 points and Nathan Adrian added 13 as No. 13 West Virginia University knocked off Oklahoma 61-50 on Wednesday night at the Lloyd Noble Center.
The Mountaineers (19-5, 7-4 Big 12) won for the first time ever in Oklahoma (8-15, 2-9) in five attempts and avenged an 89-87 overtime loss from January.
Bolden kept WVU alive in the first half, recording 15 of his 17 points.
“We’re down 11-2 and I thought, let’s get him in there and see if he can make a shot or two and he gets 15 points in the first half,” Mountaineers’ head coach Bob Huggins said. “He played really well.”
WVU had an off-shooting night but won because of their pressure defense. The Mountaineers forced 23 turnovers and had 12 steals, leading to 27 points.
Jordan Shepherd and Kameron McGusty each tallied 11 points for the Sooners. WVU held senior guard, Jordan Woodard, to six points.
When Bolden cooled off after the half, Adrian picked up the pace, scoring eight of his 13 points.
Adrian’s putback gave the Mountaineers a 48-38 edge with 7:08 remaining. Moments later Jevon Carter drained a 3-pointer from the corner to give WVU its largest lead, 51-38.
But Oklahoma answered with a 7-0 run that started with a 3 from Shepherd and ended with a Khadeem Lattin jumper to pull within six.
But a 3-pointer from Esa Ahmad and several free throws allowed the Mountaineers to pull away.
The Sooners jumped to an 11-2 lead in the first 4 minutes and led for most of the first half.
Bolden’s easy layup with three seconds left gave WVU a 27-25 lead at the break.
Oklahoma had a 37-32 advantage on the boards.
The Mountaineers shot 37 percent from the floor and 47 percent from beyond the arc. WVU made 12-of-16 from the free throw line.
“We struggled on offense,” Huggins said. “We didn’t do a good job of finding open guys. You don’t get guys open often but when they are you’ve got to give them the ball and that’s why I told Nate to stay in the high post. I’d like to have him down there so he can score it, too, but the nice thing about him is he’s so unselfish.”
The Sooners shot 33 percent from the field and 43 percent from 3-point range.
Daxter Miles Jr. missed the game due to a right ankle sprain. The junior is listed as day-to-day.
The Mountaineers return home on Saturday for a rematch against Kansas State. WVU will look for revenge from the 79-75 loss in Manhattan on January 21.
Cover Photo Credit: Oklahoma State Athletics