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Oklahoma Sooners Basketball: West Virginia Suffocates Oklahoma, 61-50

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It was another tough day at the office for Oklahoma.

OU raced out to a fast start, but soon showed its true colors down the stretch of the game. Barely eclipsing the half-century mark, this one is up there with most aggravating/tough games to watch. Here is what you missed:

  • Oklahoma left right where they left off against West Virginia, racing out to a quick 11-2 start at the first media timeout. In the first four minutes, OU shot 67 percent from the field and knocked down two threes to begin the game.
  • Despite a great first four minutes, the Sooners went scoreless from the first media timeout to the next media timeout. This 4:28 drought allowed West Virginia to go on a 8-0 run and cut the lead to just one point.
  • OU experienced an 8-minute drought of no field goals, but were fortunate that West Virginia was just as shaky. With a little under eight minutes to play in the first half, Oklahoma held a 16-10 lead.
  • The Sooners entered the half trailing by two points, 27-25. OU struggled shooting from the floor, only making 30 percent of their shots in the half. Oklahoma also turned the ball over 11 times, just one shy of their total amount of turnovers against West Virginia last game.
  • Kameron McGusty lead the way for OU with nine points at the half. The real star of the half was James Bolden who put up 15 of West Virginia’s 27 points.
  • Both teams came out flat to start the second half, with the first points and bucket coming at the 16:25 mark for the Mountaineers. To avoid a five second call, OU was forced to take a timeout with 16:17 to play down four points.
  • Oklahoma was forced into a timeout with 9:41 to play while West Virginia possessed their biggest lead of the game with eight points.
  • With 8:10 to play, Woodard was forced into a timeout, while his team trailed by eight. Oklahoma had accumulated 18 turnovers, and Woodard only had contributed six points up til this point. Press Virginia seemed to agitate this Sooner squad much more frequently than in Morgantown.
  • West Virginia put their foot on the pedal and finished the game winning by 11 points. The Sooners finished shooting 33 percent from the field.
  • McGusty and Jordan Shepherd were the only Sooners to score double digits with 11 points. Woodard finished the game with just six after putting up 20 in the last game against WVU.

3 Takeaways

  1. Turnovers were the biggest deciding factor coming into this one, and West Virginia won that battle. OU had 23 turnovers while WVU converted on them and scored 27 points off of turnovers. Oklahoma had 11 more turnovers this game than last time they played West Virginia.
  2. 35 of the 50 points were scored by underclassmen. This is a great sign for the future, but also shows the lack of senior and upperclassmen leadership on this team.
  3. The Sooners owned the advantage with fast break points, scoring 14 compared to the Mountaineers scoring four. However, WVU had 24 points off the bench with OU countering with 14.

Oklahoma moved to 8-15 on the season and will next face Iowa State on the road on Saturday at 5:00 PM CT. The game will be televised on ESPN2.