Ok Boomer…Sooners get annihilated in Mo-town!
MORGANTOWN, WV—The West Virginia Mountaineers humiliated the Oklahoma Sooners Saturday night 93-61 before a sellout crowd of 12,000. Erik Stevenson led the way with his best performance ever with 23 points in the first half and finishing with a career record 34 points. WVU had a commanding 56-30 lead at the half. It was the most points in an opening series this season.
Stevenson was the spark plug behind the Mountaineers 10-2 run to begin the game. He buried back to back three pointers to close out the run. Oklahoma responded with a meager 7-2 run to get back to 12-9 at the 16:41 mark in the first half. But Stevenson hit his third three pointer of the game to end the spurt. He had 13 of his first half 23 points in the first six minutes of the contest and the Mountaineers were off to the races.
The victory snapped a seven game losing streak to the Sooners. Oklahoma used a 9-0 run in the second half to get the deficit down to 20 points but never any closer. With the win WVU moved to 14-9 overall and 3-7 in the Big 12. After the game Bob Huggins said, “I think they (his team) understand that in order to do what they want to do which is advance in the conference, win some games in the conference tournament and not just get into the tournament but also advance, we have to go out and win games.”
WVU forced 16 turnovers, which were converted for 24 points. OU lost the rebounding battle 43-35. The Oklahoma 32 point loss to WVU was the worst in the conference since 2012, 87-49 at Missouri. Seven of the Sooners’ final eight games come against teams currently ranked inside the AP top 25.
Meanwhile WVU has already several victories against top 25 teams but must continue to pile up wins. It won’t get any easier as the Mountaineers host No. 13 Iowa State Feb. 8, travel to Texas and face No. 10 on Feb. 11, then onto No. 11 Baylor in Waco Feb. 13.