Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

College Sports

March 6, 2014

Sooners defeat WVU

NORMAN, Okla. — Cameron Clark had 19 points and 10 rebounds in his final home game to help No. 23 Oklahoma defeat West Virginia 72-62 on Wednesday night.

It was the senior’s highest-scoring game since Jan. 8. He received a standing ovation when he left with 30.9 seconds remaining.

Buddy Hield scored 12 of his 13 points in the second half and Je’lon Hornbeak added 11 points for the Sooners (22-8, 11-6 Big 12), who split the season series with the Mountaineers.

Juwan Staten scored 23 points, Devin Williams had 14 points and 12 rebounds and Gary Browne added 12 points for the Mountaineers. Eron Harris, who averages 18 points for West Virginia (16-14, 8-9), finished with five on 2-for-9 shooting.

Oklahoma outscored West Virginia 15-4 from the free-throw line. The Mountaineers missed their first six free throws before making a pair with four minutes remaining in the game.

Hield, Oklahoma’s leading scorer for the season, scored one point on 0-for-4 shooting in the first half.  

Staten scored 10 points on 5-for-5 shooting in the first eight minutes to give the Mountaineers a 12-10 lead. His first miss came on his sixth shot with about 10 minutes left in the first half.

West Virginia starters Harris and Nathan Adrien each committed two fouls in the first 10 minutes. Both went scoreless in the first half.

Jordan Woodard’s spinning pass to Ryan Spangler led to a dunk and gave Oklahoma a 23-20 lead.

Frank Booker drained a 3-pointer and Hornbeak made a layup to push the Sooners’ edge to 33-22.

Staten’s bucket in the closing seconds of the first half trimmed Oklahoma’s edge to 33-28 at the break. Staten made 8 of 15 shots and scored 16 points in the first half, but his teammates made just 5 of 20 and scored just 12 points. West Virginia did not attempt a free throw in the first half while Oklahoma made 6 of 9.

West Virginia controlled the tempo and shot better early in the second half. Harris made a 3-pointer for his first points to give West Virginia a 41-40 lead with just under 13 minutes to play.

Hield hit four 3-pointers, his only baskets of the game, during a torrid stretch to put the Sooners up 59-50 with six minutes to play, and Oklahoma cruised from there.

*****

WEST VIRGINIA (16-14)

Dibo 1-7 0-0 2, Williams 6-12 2-5 14, Adrian 0-1 0-0 0,  Staten 11-23 2-3 24, Harris 2-9 0-0 5, Connor 1-3 0-0 3,  Browne 5-7 0-0 12, Watkins 0-0 0-2 0, Noreen 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 27-64 4-10 62.

OKLAHOMA (22-8)

Spangler 1-2 2-2 4, Clark 8-15 1-1 19, Woodard 3-5 2-2 9,  Cousins 2-6 2-2 7, Hield 4-12 1-2 13, Booker 2-7 1-3 7,  Hornbeak 3-5 4-6 11, Neal 0-2 0-0 0, Bennett 0-1 2-2 2. Totals 23-55 15-20 72.

Halftime—Oklahoma 33-28. 3-Point Goals—West Virginia 4-13 (Browne  2-3, Harris 1-3, Connor 1-3, Adrian 0-1, Dibo 0-3), Oklahoma 11-30  (Hield 4-11, Clark 2-5, Booker 2-7, Woodard 1-1, Cousins 1-2, Hornbeak  1-2, Neal 0-2). Fouled Out—Harris, Noreen. Rebounds—West Virginia 39  (Williams 12), Oklahoma 37 (Clark 10). Assists—West Virginia 10 (Staten  3), Oklahoma 13 (Woodard 4). Total Fouls—West Virginia 18, Oklahoma 16.  A—10,674.

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