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Sooners shoot the lights out, hand Mountaineers their third straight loss

MORGANTOWN W.Va- The Sooners survived a late charge by the Mountaineers Saturday afternoon, defeating West Virginia by a score of 73-62 and handing them their sixth loss in the past seven games.

The Sooners were paced offensively by double-digit scoring games from Brady Manek, Jamal Bieniemy, Austin Reaves and Kristian Doolittle, who led the team with 19 points.

The Mountaineers trailed the Sooners 27-21 at the half, after shooting just 27%, including 1-10 from the three-point line.

Oscar Tshiebwe was one of the lone bright spots early on, tallying seven points and eight rebounds during the first half, before quieting down in the second half. 

Continuing to struggle mightily on offense, the Mountaineers finished the game shooting 34% from the field, including 16% from the three-point line on 4-25, and 52% from the free-throw line, while leading for just two and a half minutes all game.

“We made our shots in practice,” said Miles McBride. “For some reason, we came out here and they didn’t fall. I think we still boarded pretty well, we just have to finish inside if we’re not going to hit our outside shots.

The Sooners shot 61% in the second half and capitalized on of open looks to help break the game open to a lead as large as 21. 

“You’ve got to give (the Sooners) credit; they made shots,” said Bob Huggins. “When we broke down, they made their shots and when they broke down, we didn’t make our shots. We also got nothing inside.”

With the loss, the Mountaineers go into a tie with TCU for 6th in the Big 12 (7-9) and fall in jeopardy of losing the first round BYE in the Big 12 tournament next month. 

West Virginia will face Iowa St. on the road in Ames this Tuesday, in the Mountaineers’ final road game of the season. 

The game will tip-off at 9:00, and will be televised on ESPNU.

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