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No. 16 West Virginia beats No. 18 Oklahoma 86-65

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Jevon Carter scored 18 points and No. 16 West Virginia got its strongest performance of the season from its bench to beat No. 18 Oklahoma 86-65 Tuesday night.

Devin Williams added 14 points and 11 rebounds while Nathan Adrian scored a season-high 11 for the Mountaineers (15-2, 3-1 Big 12).

Buddy Hield scored 21 and Isaiah Cousins added 14 for Oklahoma (11-5, 2-2), which has lost back-to-back games for the first time this season.

West Virginia’s full-court press contributed to a season-high 22 turnovers for the Sooners. It marked the most points allowed by Oklahoma this season. The previous high was 69 on two occasions, also losses.

West Virginia’s bench, which had been outscored the two previous games, amassed 55 points, led by Carter and Adrian. The Mountaineers’ previous high from its bench this season was 35.

Eleven different players scored for the Mountaineers.

West Virginia’s starting guard tandem of Juwan Staten and Gary Browne combined for seven points. Staten, the Big 12’s fourth-leading scorer and conference preseason player of the year, didn’t score until there was 6:37 left in the game. He finished with four points, nearly 13 under his average.

On this rare occasion, at least, West Virginia didn’t need them.

The Mountaineers never trailed. It jumped ahead by 13 at halftime and by as many as 24 late in the game.

Adrian provided the early spark and Carter came on strong late. Adrian, who went scoreless in his two previous games, hit his first 3-pointer since Dec. 4, a span of nine games.

The Mountaineers finished the first half with a 10-0 run to lead 45-32.

Despite picking up four quick fouls early in the second half, West Virginia stayed aggressive on defense, getting several steals that led to baskets. Elijah Macon’s layup off an Adrian miss gave the Mountaineers a 60-40 lead with 12:53 remaining.

Oklahoma, which earlier had trimmed the deficit to 12, then went nearly eight minutes between field goals.

Carter had 14 points in the second half, including 3-pointers 21 seconds apart for an 84-61 lead with 3:31 remaining.

TIP-INS:

Oklahoma: The Sooners were outrebounded 42-35 and attempted 18 fewer shots than West Virginia.

West Virginia: Bob Huggins earned his 755th career win to tie Oklahoma State Hall of Fame coach Henry Iba for 13th on the all-time Division I list. Western Kentucky’s Ed Diddle is 12th with 759 wins.

UP NEXT:

Oklahoma: Hosts No. 24 Oklahoma State on Saturday.

West Virginia: Plays at No. 20 Texas on Saturday.

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