STILLWATER, Okla.– Daxter Miles Jr. scored 22 points as No.11 West Virginia University demolished Oklahoma State 92-75 in Big 12 opener.
Jevon Carter tallied 15 points and six assists. Freshman Sagaba Konate scored a career-high 12 points.
The Mountaineers (12-1, 1-0 Big 12) forced 19 turnovers and had eight steals.
The Cowboys (10-3, 0-1) only led the game for 17 seconds and turned the ball over on 25.7 percent of their possessions.
Obviously I thought we played pretty well,” head coach Bob Huggins said.
WVU shot 55 percent from the floor and 77 percent from the charity stripe. The Mountaineers made 6-of-16 from beyond the arc.
Oklahoma State shot 45 percent from the field, 37 percent from 3-point range and 61 percent from the free throw line.
WVU outscored the Cowboys 50-30 in the paint.
Konate’s two-hand slam gave WVU a 72-53 lead with 8:21 to play.
Phil Forte hit some late 3s to keep the deficit under 20 but Oklahoma State couldn’t pull any closer.
At the half, the Mountaineers led 41-28.
Forte led the Cowboys with 18 points, including four 3-pointers. Hammonds had 17 points and Juwan Evans added 15.
Lamont West, Brandon Watkins and Nathan Adrian each had nine points in the win.
“Lamont stepped up and hit some big shots when they went zone to really get them out of zone and Sags had a heck of a game. Brandon gave us 25 minutes and I don’t think Brandon has ever played 25 minutes; and Nate is so solid and does so many things for us,” Huggins said.
WVU leads the nation, averaging 26.3 turnovers forced and in steals (13.9).
Elijah Macon was a late scratch after suffering a knee injury in last Friday’s win over Northern Kentucky.
The Mountaineers next game is on Tuesday, January 3 in Lubbock when WVU meets Texas Tech (11-1). Tipoff is scheduled for 9:15 p.m.
Cover Photo Credit: Jeff Ruff, BGS