WVU basketball: Oklahoma downed by Mountaineers again

NORMAN, OK - FEBRUARY 05: James Bolden
NORMAN, OK - FEBRUARY 05: James Bolden /

The WVU basketball team did not let a late rally from Oklahoma deter it from pulling out a huge victory.

On Monday, the Mountaineers went into Norman, Oklahoma and swept the season series from the Sooners. The WVU basketball team earned a 75-73 win to improve to 18-6 on the year.

West Virginia played a solid first half and did enough in the second half to get out of there with a win. For the Mountaineers, Lamont West led the way with 17 points. As much playing time as West has received the past two years, this may have been the best game of his collegiate career.

He played in just 19 minutes but truly made his impact count. He worked hard inside and gathered four rebounds. Also for the WVU basketball team, Esa Ahmad and Sagaba Konate both had 14 points.

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Ahmad threw down a highlight dunk midway through the second half that helped propel the Mountaineers to the finish. West Virginia outrebounded the Sooners, 38-36. Konate had 11 rebounds and two blocks.

For Oklahoma, Trae Young delivered another thrilling performance as he had 32 points. Young went 4 of 10 on 3-pointers and turned the ball over six times. Guarding him closely, West Virginia’s Jevon Carter had six steals. On offense, Carter dished out eight assists and had 10 points.

Also for OU, Brady Manek scored 12 points. The Sooners turned the ball over 15 times and did not have a foul called against them in the first half. At the free throw line, OU was a solid 17 of 19 while the WVU basketball team was 6 of 9.

The loss drops Oklahoma to 16-7 on the year and that was its fifth loss to a Big 12 Conference team. After struggling over the past three weeks, the Mountaineers have won two games in a row. Up next for the Mountaineers is a date with Oklahoma State in Morgantown on Saturday.

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The Cowboys are seventh in the Big 12 with a 4-6 conference record and a record of 14-9 overall. West Virginia won by six points in the team’s previous meeting at the end of December.