Morgantown, W.VA. – Saturday afternoon in Morgantown had a lot of excitement in the air. It was the last of four home games in a row, the last game of the regular season, an attempt at getting head coach Bob Huggins to his 900th win and finally; Senior Day. Without rehashing the game, the Mountaineers fell to the Oklahoma State Cowboys and Huggins did not get his 900th win.
The Mountaineers did, however, have a celebration for Senior Day, albeit seniors are granted an extra year of eligibility due to COVID-19. The Mountaineers celebrated Taz Sherman and Gabe Osabuohien prior to the regular season finale.
On his seniors during the post-game, Huggins said, “Gabe’s been on the defensive end and been terrific for us. I think his offense has gotten better and better. On the defensive end, he’s been terrific. I don’t know where we would be without him. Taz has had a terrific year. It’s a shame he’s been dinged up and missed games. That happens.”
Sherman, a native of Missouri City, Texas, came to West Virginia from the Texas junior college circuits in 2019. Sherman has made his presence known this season for the Mountaineers, averaging 13.4 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.
Osabuohien, a Toronto, Ontario native, was another gritty transfer Huggins brought onto his squad. After two seasons in the SEC at Arkansas, Osabuohien traveled closer to home to become the glue guy at West Virginia. Osabuohien was with the Razorbacks during the 2017-2019 seasons and started for the Mountaineers in the fall of 2019.
Both seniors have had their first years at West Virginia cut short after the world stopped in March of 2020. As a result of COVID-19, the NCAA has granted all seniors a fifth year of eligibility leaving the door open for one or both of these two to return to West Virginia. Following Saturday’s game, Sherman tweeted out his thanks to Mountaineer nation after what he say “may” be his last game in the Coliseum.
The Mountaineers will be a fourth-seed in this week’s Big 12 Conference Tournament following their loss Saturday to the Cowboys. The first game for the Mountaineers to play this week in Kansas City; a late-morning rematch with the Cowboys Thursday at 11:30 am ET.