Monday, October 24, 2016

No.11 WVU loses heartbreaker to No.2 Oklahoma

Oklahoma's Buddy Hield (24) reacts after making a 3-pointer against WVU  (Photo Credit: Mark D. Smith, USA TODAY Sports)

Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield (24) reacts after making a 3-pointer against WVU (Photo Credit: Mark D. Smith, USA TODAY Sports)

NORMAN, Okla.–Khadeem Lattin’s tip-in with six seconds left lifts No.2 Oklahoma to a 70-68 victory over No.11 WVU on Saturday.

Jaysean Paige was the only Mountaineer to score in double figures. The senior guard came off the bench and tallied 18 points on six-of-10 shooting.

Buddy Hield scored 17 points for the Sooners (15-1, 4-1 Big 12). Jordan Woodard had 13 points. Ryan Spangler added 10 points and grabbed 14 rebounds.

WVU (15-2, 4-1) was trying to become first team to beat No. 1 and No. 2 in consecutive game since Kansas beat North Carolina and Memphis in the 2008 Final Four.

With the game tied 68-all, Woodard missed the floater, and Lattin jumped over Jonathan Holton to tip in the game winner.

The Mountaineers had the ball with 2.8 seconds to play but Hield tipped the inbounds pass out of bounds. With 0.9 seconds left, Carter put up a length-of-the-floor shot that missed.

WVU missed its first five shots of the game, allowing the Sooners to jump out to a 7-0 lead. But the Mountaineers battled back and went on an 11-6 run to take a 14-13 lead with 11:45 left in the first half.

Woodard grabbed an offensive rebound to set up Hield for a 3-pointer that gave the Sooners a 34-32 lead late in the first half. Paige answered with 1:01 remaining to tie the game.

Oklahoma's Buddy Hield (24) grabs a rebound in front ofWVU's Esa Ahmad (23)  (Photo Credit: Mark D. Smith- USA Today Sports)

Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield (24) grabs a rebound in front of WVU’s Esa Ahmad (23)
(Photo Credit: Mark D. Smith- USA Today Sports)

Hield blocked Jevon Carter’s shot at the buzzer sending the two teams to the break deadlocked 34-34.

Isaiah Cousins was whistled for a flagrant with 15:11 to play, and Paige made both free throws to give WVU a 42-41 lead. Seconds later Daxter Miles Jr. scored on the inbounds pass to give the Mountaineers a 44-41 lead.

WVU took a 51-46 lead with 11:23 to go in the game before Oklahoma rallied. Woodard’s 3 put the Sooners in front 55-51 with 9:14 left.

The Mountaineers refused to go away and battled back from seven points down with 4:33 left to tie it with 26 seconds remaining on a pair of Holton free throws.

WVU shot 44 percent from the field and 31 percent from beyond the arc. Oklahoma shot a season-low 33 percent from the floor and 29 percent from 3-point land.

Fouls were a difference maker for the Mountaineers. Oklahoma made 27-of-32 from the line and WVU made just 13-of-22, missing some crucial free throws.

“What kills us is when we go to the free throw line and can’t make free throws,” WVU head coach Bob Huggins told the media after the game. “You can’t shoot 50 percent from the free throw line, and you can’t turn it over the way we turned it over.”

The Mountaineers forced 18 turnovers. WVU has forced 14 or more turnovers in every game this season.

The Sooners are perfect at the Lloyd Noble Center this season.

Oklahoma will likely jump to No.1 in the polls next week.

Devin Williams got in foul trouble early and scored just five points for the Mountaineers.

WVU returns home to take on Texas on Wednesday.






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