The Oklahoma Sooners took their first Big 12 loss of the season at the hands of the West Virginia Mountaineers. It was the Sooners’ first loss in Morgantown since 2015. Trae Young scored his usual 29 points, but he had his worst shooting performance of the season going 8-22 from the field and 3-12 from three. Brady Manek, who was coming off a career-high 28 point performance against Oklahoma State, did not score at all today.
Press Virginia appeared to rattle Lon Kruger’s young team as OU turned the ball over 17 times. The Sooners shot just 43% from the field and 35% from three as a team. OU also missed nine free throws and shot 68% from the line which is a significant drop off from their normal charity stripe performance
One bright spot for OU was Jamuni McNeace’s 12 points and 8 rebounds on 6-7 shooting. Kristian Doolittle, who was suspended all of first semester for academic reasons, scored his first points of the year on a layup in the second half.
All in all, this loss should not raise any red flags for OU. Morgantown is one of the toughest places to play in the country, especially when a good portion of your team is built around freshmen and sophomores.
The Sooners will not have time to dwell on the loss as they prepare to host 18th ranked Texas Tech on Tuesday. Tipoff will be at 6 pm CT at the Lloyd Noble center and broadcast on ESPNU.