KANSAS CITY, Mo.–In a thriller, No.10-seeded West Virginia defeated No.7-seeded Oklahoma 72-71 in the Big 12 Tournament on Wednesday night, where Christian James appeared to hit the game tying 3-pointer at the buzzer but he had his foot on the line.
Trailing 72-69, the Sooners (19-12) had one final chance to force an extra session. As the clock expired, it looked as if James sank the 3, forcing overtime. After an official review, it was confirmed that James’ foot was on the line and the call was overturned.
Lamont West scored 15 points for the Mountaineers (12-19). Jermaine Haley had 14 points and Jordan McCabe tallied 12 points.
Brady Manek tallied 22 points for Oklahoma. Kristian Doolittle added 18 points and James 11.
WVU had a 46-36 advantage on the glass.
The Mountaineers jumped out to an early lead in the first half but much like the Sooners did two weeks ago in Norman, Oklahoma battled back.
Midway through the first half, WVU’s defense broke down, allowing the Sooners to take a 35-33 lead at the half.
After the break, a red-hot McCabe helped the Mountaineers regain the lead. The freshman hit four 3s in the second half.
WVU shot 38 percent from the floor, 30 percent from beyond the arc and 69 percent from the free throw line.
Oklahoma shot 45 percent from the field, 33 percent from 3-point range and 85 percent from the line.
The Mountaineers play No. 2-seeded Texas Tech on Thursday at 7 p.m. (ET).
Cover Photo Credit: Jeff Ruff, BGS