Friday, October 21, 2016

Hield, Sooners topple No. 15 Mountaineers

Photo Credit: Kelsie VanderWijst

Photo Credit: Kelsie VanderWijst

Buddy Hield led the No. 21 Oklahoma Sooners past No. 15 West Virginia 71-52 on Tuesday night.

Hield, the Big 12’s leading scorer, tallied 21 points, making 8 of 13 shots, including five from beyond-the-arc.  Jordan Woodard scored 12 points. Ryan Spangler and Isaiah Cousins each added 10 for Oklahoma.

The Sooners shot a season-high 61 percent from the field while West Virginia shot an abysmal 34 percent.

Juwan Staten led the Mountaineers with 15 points and nine rebounds. Gary Browne had 12 points.

West Virginia was without the conference’s No. 2 rebounder Devin Williams, who was out with an illness.

Oklahoma came out from the start prepared for the Mountaineers and its press defense. On Jan. 13 Oklahoma committed 22 turnovers, but this time, they committed just 13.

Oklahoma went on a 13-0 run in the first half to break open the game. Spangler broke the Mountaineers’ press defense for the first time with a two-handed dunk with 10:59 left in the half.

The Sooners led 38-24 at halftime after shooting 62 percent and outscoring the Mountaineers 20-4 in points off turnovers.

West Virginia’s full-court press appeared to get to the Sooners at the beginning of the second half. The Mountaineers went on an 8-0 run and cut Oklahoma’s lead to 43-35, but that was as close as West Virginia would get it.

For every step forward the Mountaineers took, Hield had a response. Jevon Carter hit a three and cut West Virginia’s deficit to 49-40 with 10:01 left.

Hield responded with a 3-pointer to put Oklahoma up 52-40, and he hit another three with just over eight minutes to play.

Oklahoma dominated the Mountaineers from there.

West Virginia will look to rebound when the Mountaineers take on Baylor Saturday at noon.



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