MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — After a 50-minute marathon between two groups that appeared as No. 3 seeds in Saturday’s official NCAA Event high 16 record, Bob Huggins made many references to his group’s focus degree in his postgame press convention. In a sport performed with the tightest of margins via two overtimes, No. 12 Oklahoma discovered their well beyond No. 14 West Virginia, 91-90 on the Coliseum.
“A whole lot of it was focus. Ours was not excellent after the Texas Tech sport,” Huggins mentioned. “I feel they had been type of stuffed with themselves after beating a pair ranked groups. I feel that’s a part of it. We didn’t have good practices. I did every part I might suppose to do to get them to pay attention tougher.”
“It actually burns,” mentioned WVU sophomore guard Deuce McBride. “We actually wished that one with them being the one Huge 12 group this crew hasn’t overwhelmed but. We had an opportunity. We had one other probability and simply gave it away to them. Credit score to them, they’re a fantastic group and stored battling. However we had too many possibilities that we simply didn’t reap the benefits of.”
Oklahoma defeated the Mountaineers, 75-71 in Norman on January 2. In that sport, Derek Culver was held to simply two factors and dedicated seven turnovers. Earlier than the primary media timeout Saturday, Culver scored eight factors. He had 13 factors within the first half to associate with 9 rebounds.
Oklahoma took a three-point lead within the last minute of the half and so they appeared to carry for the final shot. However the Mountaineers stole the ball and Deuce McBride banked in a runner from half courtroom as time expired. The sport was tied 31-31 on the break. Neither group led by greater than six factors within the first half.
The Sooners took the lead early within the second half and they might prolong the cushion to 9 factors with 5:30 to play. An 8-2 run put Oklahoma up 68-59. West Virginia responded with back-to-back-to-back triples from Sean McNeil to even the rating at 68-68 with 3:30 left.
WVU led 72-70 with 30 seconds left earlier than Umoja Gibson evened the rating on a jumper, tying the sport at 72-72. WVU had two pictures on their last possession however neither fell, sending the sport to time beyond regulation.
Within the first time beyond regulation interval, OU led by three factors however the Mountaineers trimmed their deficit to 2 with 30 seconds left. A putback from Fairmont native Jalen Bridges evened the rating at 79-79 with 20 seconds left. OU was unable to attain on the different finish, sending the sport to double time beyond regulation.
Within the second additional session, OU took a four-point lead within the first minute however the Mountaineers responded with a 7-0 run. All of these factors had been scored by Culver. Trailing 90-89 with thirty seconds left, Reaves scored his twenty seventh and twenty eighth factors of the sport on a drive within the lane.
“He’s a extremely poised participant and he is aware of angles,” McBride mentioned. “He isn’t essentially the most athletic or the quickest man. However he makes use of his physique nicely and I simply received on the facet of him on that final play and made a fast little transfer. I simply couldn’t get well quick sufficient to get a greater contest.”
West Virginia would get a pair of possessions within the last thirty seconds. Kur Kuath blocked a shot and the deflection went out of bounds off Culver, giving OU the ball with eleven seconds left. The Sooners nevertheless had been unable to inbound the ball cleanly and Gabe Osabuohien compelled a tie-up. The possession arrow pointed to WVU. McBride inbounded the ball with 3.5 seconds left and Culver had two pictures beneath to take the lead. Neither fell and the buzzer sounded, giving Oklahoma a daily season sweep over the Mountaineers.
Oklahoma was an ideal 10-for-10 from the free throw line, whereas the Mountaineers left ten factors on the stripe.
“I’ve at all times discovered that when you’re a reasonably good free throw taking pictures group, which now we have been, and also you go 11-for-21 from the free throw line, a number of that’s focus and repetition. We didn’t have that.”
Reaves led the Sooners (13-5, 8-4 Huge 12) with 28 factors.
“Reaves is super-talented. We knew that coming into the sport,” McNeil mentioned. “They ball screened with Brady and Reaves and so they have two elite shooters. And Reaves is a man that may get downhill. That’s robust to protect. They’d some success with it and we struggled to protect it.”
Gibson led 4 extra OU gamers in double figures with 21 factors. De’Vion Harman added 13, Mo Harkless scored 12 and Brady Manek chipped in with 11.
Culver paced the Mountaineers with a 29-point, 14-rebound effort. McBride scored 19 factors whereas doling out 8 assists and knocking down 7 rebounds. Bridges scored 8 factors and had a career-best efficiency on the glass with 11 boards.
Taz Sherman returned to the lineup after lacking the Texas Tech sport with a groin damage. He scored 5 factors in 16 minutes off the bench.
West Virginia was scheduled to face No. 2 Baylor twice subsequent week however the Bears stay on a COVID pause. The Mountaineers are slated to return to motion subsequent Saturday at No. 13 Texas (12-5, 6-4 Huge 12).
(Bob Huggins postgame Zoom convention)