WVU basketball: Mountaineers open conference play with win


The WVU basketball team grinder out a huge win on the road Friday night. The Mountaineers upended Oklahoma State.

This game may prove that no match up in the Big 12 Conference is a given, especially this season. From top to bottom, the Big 12 is the best conference in the country. Oklahoma State certainly played like a contender for the NCAA Tournament, even though the Cowboys weren’t picked to play in the postseason.

West Virginia pulled out an 85-79 win over the Cowboys, despite playing sluggishly at the start and struggling throughout the contest. But the WVU basketball team found a way to win. That’s what good teams do.

For whatever reason, West Virginia’s star player Jevon Carter played probably the worst game of his upperclassmen career. The senior guard was harassed by the OSU defense and found his way into some traps and turned the ball over.

The leading scorer for the Mountaineers was freshman Teddy Allen. The young gun is finding his scoring stroke, even though he may not do it in the most attractive way possible. He wills the ball into the hoop and it works out well. Allen led the WVU basketball team with 15 points.

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There were six total players who scored in double figures for the WVU basketball team. That count also included Carter (12), Sagaba Konate (13), Daxter Miles (12), Lamont West (11) and James Bolden (10). The well-rounded approach paid off because of Carter’s struggles. With other players stepping up, it will take the pressure off Carter. Still, he runs the offense and is the catalyst for the WVU basketball team on both ends of the court.

Carter did lead the WVU basketball team with five steals but the eight turnovers, himself, were quite uncharacteristic. Jeffrey Carroll and Lindy Waters each had four steals for the Cowboys. Carroll and Tavarius Shine each scored 17 points to lead the Cowboys.

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The WVU basketball team won’t have much time to relax after that tight battle. The Mountaineers remain on the road for another Big 12 game against Kansas State on Jan. 1.