MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–Jeffrey Carroll scored 20 points and Oklahoma State defeated No. 7 West Virginia University 82-75 on Saturday at the Coliseum.
Jawun Evans recorded 18 points and Phil Forte added 13 for the Cowboys.
Lamont West tallied a career-high 21 points.
“He was the only one we had that could make a shot,” WVU head coach Bob Huggins said.
Tarik Phillip had 15 points for the Mountaineers.
Oklahoma State (15-8, 4-6 Big 12) is on a five game winning streak, the longest in the Big 12.
The Mountaineers (18-5, 6-4) had a chance to move into a second-place tie with Baylor, one game behind Kansas but squandered the opportunity.
WVU forced 19 turnovers but their lackadaisical defense in the second half proved costly.
The Cowboys had a 30-16 advantage over the Mountaineers on the boards.
“We’re not a team that gets outrebounded like that,” senior forward Nathan Adrian said. “That’s not what Huggs’ teams do and that’s something else we’ve got to fix.”
“I don’t think we’ve ever been outrebounded like that,” Huggins said. “In 35, I can’t remember getting beat that bad on the glass.”
Forte scored nine points in the final five minutes.
Evans’ driving layup put Oklahoma State up 71-69 with 4:17 remaining. Lindy Walters drained a 3-pointer and Evans swished four free throws to put the Cowboys up 78-74 with 1:14 left.
Forte made his final four free throws to seal the victory for Brad Underwood’s squad.
Carroll gave the Cowboys a 12-2 lead but WVU turned up the pressure and used a 10-0 run to pull within one on a layup from Phillip with 13:27 remaining in the first half.
Adrian stole the ball from Brandon Everette and dished it to Macon who slammed it home to give the Mountaineers a 32-28 lead with 5:28 left.
Jevon Carter grabbed his own rebound off a miss and made a jumper to give WVU a 44-40 advantage at the break.
The Mountaineers shot 48 percent from the floor and 36 percent from 3-point range. WVU made 11-of-15 from the free throw line.
Oklahoma State shot 63 percent from the field, 62 percent from beyond the arc and 89 percent from the line.
“My pregame talk was this, you guys, a week after the season ended a year ago, we started this year,” Huggins said. “That’s a lot of work. Why would you not embrace it? Why would you not embrace the fact that you’ve put all this work in. You prepared for this. Why could you ever say you came out flat? This doesn’t compute with me. How could you not have the enthusiasm that you spent all that time preparing for this? They knew Kansas lost. They knew Baylor lost. They knew this was a huge game for us. It puts us right back in the hunt.”
The Mountaineers travel to Norman for a rematch with Oklahoma on Wednesday at 9 p.m.
Cover Photo Credit: Kelsie LeRose, BGS