Friday, October 21, 2016
Daxter Miles Jr

No. 16 West Virginia thumps No. 18 Oklahoma

Daxter Miles Jr.  (Photo credit: Kelsie VanderWijst)

Daxter Miles Jr.
(Photo credit: Kelsie VanderWijst)

Jevon Carter scored 18 points and West Virginia’s bench carried the No. 16 Mountaineers past No. 18 Oklahoma on Tuesday night.

West Virginia’s bench scored a season-high 55 points to knock off the Sooners 86-65 in front of a rocking Coliseum crowd.

“At one time our bench had 40 and they had 40,” said head coach Bob Huggins. ” That’s pretty good.”

Devin Williams had his fifth double-double on the season with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Nathan Adrian scored a season-high 11 points for the Mountaineers.

Adrian was off to a sluggish start for the Mountaineers after a solid freshman campaign. He went scoreless in his two previous games and hit his first 3-pointer since the Dec. 4 loss to LSU.

“It feels very good,” said Adrian. “I have been waiting for it for a while now so it feels good to get it off my shoulders. Definitely get my confidence back up.”

Buddy Hield scored 21 points and Isaiah Cousins added 14 for the Sooners, which has lost back-to-back games for the first time this season.

(Photo credit: Kelsie VanderWijst)

(Photo credit: Kelsie VanderWijst)

West Virginia shot 44% from the field and 73% from the line. Eleven different players scored for the Mountaineers.

The Mountaineers’ full-court press gave Oklahoma fits and caused a season-high 22 turnovers for the Sooners.

“We watched a lot of film on them and we saw how they handled pressure in previous games,” said senior guard Juwan Staten. “No team really press as much as do so we thought this would be a good game to really pressure them. We made them make decisions at full court and I think it worked out good for us.”

The Sooners held Staten and Gary Browne to a combined seven points. Staten didn’t score until the 6:37 mark, but the rest of the Mountaineers picked up the slack.

West Virginia finished the first half with a 10-run, capped by a Jaysean Paige 3-pointer with 12 seconds left to put the Mountaineers up 45-32 at halftime.

Elijah Macon gave West Virginia a 60-40 lead with 12:53 left on a layup off Adrian’s miss.

Carter hit two 3s 21 seconds apart to give the Mountaineers an 84-61 lead with 3:31 left to play.

Coach Huggins moved up to 13th on the all-time NCAA wins list, tying Henry Iba with 755 career-wins.

The Mountaineers will travel to Austin, Texas on Saturday to take on the Longhorns at 6:15 p.m.



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