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Hield, No. 3 Oklahoma too much for No. 10 WVU

WVU's Jaysean Paige (5) goes up for a layup against Oklahoma on Saturday, February 20, 2016. (Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS)

WVU’s Jaysean Paige (5) goes up for a layup against Oklahoma on Saturday, February 20, 2016.
(Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS)

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.– Buddy Hield scored 29 points and No.3 Oklahoma completed the season series sweep over No. 10 West Virginia with a 76-62 win on Saturday afternoon.

Isaiah Cousins tallied 12 points and Jordan Woodard had 11. Khadeem Lattin added nine points and grabbed 13 rebounds.

Tarik Phillip scored 17 points for the Mountaineers. Jaysean Paige had 13 and Devin Williams added 10.

WVU, Baylor and the Sooners are now tied for second place in the Big 12 behind Kansas.

Oklahoma had a 48-37 advantage on the glass.

“I think the biggest thing is we got destroyed on the glass,” head coach Bob Huggins said. “They outrebounded us as bad as we’ve been out rebounded all year. They made more shots than we did. They have Buddy Hield, and we don’t.”

The Mountaineers trailed the Sooners 28-26 at the half.

WVU came out firing in the second half. Back-to-back layups by Williams and Nathan Adrian gave WVU a 30-28 lead just 31 seconds into the half.

After a technical on Woodard for pushing, Phillip extended the Mountaineers lead to 32-29.

Jaysean Paige (5), Tarik Phillip (12) and Teyvon Myers (0) walk to the bench during a timeout against Oklahoma. (Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS)

Jaysean Paige (5), Tarik Phillip (12) and Teyvon Myers (0) walk to the bench during a timeout against Oklahoma.
(Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS)

But Oklahoma came barreling back with a 17-4 run.

Paige gave the Mountaineer fans one more glimpse of hope after making four free throws, a fadeaway jumper and a fast-break layup to even the score at 52-all with 7:48 to play.

But the Sooners went on a 9-0 run capped by a Hield 3-pointer put Oklahoma in front 61-52 with 5:22 remaining.

WVU turned the ball over 12 times, while only forcing nine turnovers.

“We’ve got to stop turning the ball over, and I know that’s going to happen,” Huggins said. “I’ve said that from the start of the Bahamas trip and we still haven’t. We haven’t stopped turning it over in practice, so the reality is we probably aren’t going to stop turning it over in the game. Some of them though, we throw the ball where there’s nobody even around to throw it to.”

Daxter Miles Jr. missed his second straight game with a hamstring injury.

“I’ve been doing this for 36 years and I have never played a guy that doesn’t practice,” Huggins said. “Until Daxter practices, he isn’t going to play. That’s not fair in practice, that’s not fair to the team.”

Before the game, the “Hot Rod” Hundley statue was unveiled in a ceremony at the blue gate.

The Mountaineers will return to action on Monday night against No.13 Iowa State at 9 p.m. (ET) as part of ESPN’s Big Monday.

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