Mountaineers Top Sooners in OT
MORGANTOWN – Eron Harris scored 26 of his 28 points after halftime and West Virginia outlasted No. 21 Oklahoma 91-86 in overtime Wednesday night.
Juwan Staten added 20 points, 10 rebounds and six assists for the Mountaineers (14-9, 6-4 Big 12), who won their third straight. Terry Henderson scored 17 points.
Harris forced overtime with a 3-pointer with 20 seconds left in regulation and scored six points in the extra period.
Travel problems prohibited Oklahoma from arriving at the arena until 90 minutes before tipoff. The Sooners overcame that and a 14-point deficit in the second half but were limited to five points in overtime in losing their second straight.
Jordan Woodward led the Sooners (17-6, 6-4) with 23 points. Tyler Neal added 16 points, Buddy Hield had 15 and Ryan Spangler 10.
After traveling 2,000 miles, Oklahoma was sluggish on both ends of the court. The Sooners shot 41 percent (28 of 69) from the field and surrendered the second-most points they have allowed all season.
Harris hit two 3-pointers in overtime, the second putting West Virginia ahead to stay, 87-84, with 2:36 left.
Woodard had all five of Oklahoma points in overtime, including a layup with 1:33 left. But the Sooners didn’t score again.
Staten made his first field goal since the first half with 59 seconds left, and he and Nathan Adrian each made a free throw to seal the win.
The Sooners’ flight out of Oklahoma City was delayed for several hours Tuesday due to mechanical issues before the team switched planes.
After the plane began descending to an airport in Clarksburg, a half hour south of Morgantown, visibility problems during a winter storm forced the pilot to abort the landing. Similar problems at other airports forced the flight to divert to Newark, N.J. The Sooners checked into a hotel there at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Twelve hours later, after yet another delay on the runway, the team boarded a flight for Clarksburg. Upon landing, the Sooners got a state police escort and arrived at the arena with little time to get ready.
West Virginia jumped ahead by as many as 12 points in the first half and the lead could have been greater except the Mountaineers kept sending Oklahoma to the free throw line.
Harris gave West Virginia its largest lead, 46-32, with a 3-pointer to start the second half.
Hield got the Sooners going after a quiet first half with seven straight points, and Oklahoma chipped away at the deficit until Spangler’s layup and free throw with 1:38 left in regulation put the Sooners ahead 79-78 – their first lead since midway through the first half.
After Neal made two free throws, Harris’ made a 3-pointer from the right side to send the game into overtime.