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Woodard, Oklahoma defeat No. 7 WVU in OT

Head coach Bob Huggins argues with the referee during WVU's overtime loss to Oklahoma on Wednesday, January 18, 2017. (Photo Credit: Kelsie LeRose, BGS)

Head coach Bob Huggins argues with the referee during WVU’s overtime loss to Oklahoma on Wednesday, January 18, 2017.
(Photo Credit: Kelsie LeRose, BGS)

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.– Jordan Woodard scored 20 points and Oklahoma upset No. 7 West Virginia University 89-87 in overtime on Wednesday.

After missing several games with an injury, the senior returned to the lineup against Texas Tech and helped the Sooners (8-9, 2-4 Big 12) put together a two-game winning streak.

It was Woodard’s layup with 2.2 seconds remaining that carried Oklahoma past the Mountaineers (15-3, 4-2). The 6-foot, 187-pound guard scored 18 of his 20 points after halftime.

Kameron McGusty scored 17 points. Jamuni McNeace had a career-high 14 points.  Rashard Odomes added 13 and Kristian Doolittle 12.

Jevon Carter led WVU with 23 points, 11 boards and six assists. Nathan Adrian had 14 points and Elijah Macon added 13.

From the start, the Sooners had no trouble with the Mountaineers’ press. WVU forced just 12 turnovers while turning it over 13 times.

Oklahoma led 37-34 at the half but the Mountaineers made adjustments early in the second half.

Elijah Macon goes up for two of his 13 points. (Photo Credit: Kelsie LeRose, BGS)

Elijah Macon goes up for two of his 13 points.
(Photo Credit: Kelsie LeRose, BGS)

Carter stole the ball from Doolittle and finished with a fast-break layup, capping a 14-0 run to give WVU a 66-51 lead with 8:56 left.

But the Sooners went on an 18-3 run to tie the game 69-69 on Odomes’ layup with 4:25 to go.

“We are up 15 and I made a mistake,” Huggins said. “They said, ‘Can we spread it and go flat-screen?’ I said yeah and we turned it over two times for layups. Then we missed a free throw, got pushed under the basket and the guy who got pushed under the basket doesn’t get back and they get a dunk at the other end and all of a sudden you don’t have the lead that you had.”

With 3.1 seconds to go, Woodard made a layup and drew the foul. But the senior missed the free throw and Adrian’s long 3 fell short, forcing the overtime session.

In overtime, the Mountaineers took an 85-81 lead but once again failed to make free throws. WVU made just 4-of-9 from the charity stripe during the extra session.

“You don’t have to be a good shooter to make free throws if you put enough time in,” Huggins said. “That’s something you can do on your own and that’s something that doesn’t take a whole lot of effort.”

Jevon Carter goes up for two of his 23 points on the night. The most points of any Mountaineer. (Photo credit: Kelsie LeRose, BGS)

Jevon Carter goes up for two of his 23 points on the night. The most points of any Mountaineer. (Photo credit: Kelsie LeRose, BGS)

Carter tied it with a free throw with 7.8 seconds left in overtime but Woodard drove the lane and scored. The Mountaineers had one final shot but threw the ball away on the ensuing inbounds play.

Oklahoma dominated WVU in the paint 48-36.

The Mountaineers shot 44 percent from the floor, 28 percent from beyond the arc and 62 percent from the free throw line.

The Sooners shot 48 percent from the field and made 4-of-16 from 3-point range.

WVU travels to Manhattan on Saturday to take on Kansas State. Tipoff is at 6 p.m.

 

Cover Photo Credit: Kelsie LeRose, BGS

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