|Field Goal %||44.6||50.0|
|Three Point %||46.4||45.8|
|Free Throw %||66.7||77.8|
The West Virginia Mountaineers (12-19, 4-12) fall in the final game of the season in Stillwater 85-77. The Oklahoma State Cowboys (12-19, 5-13) outlasts the Mountaineers in the final minutes as WVU ends the season without a true road win.
West Virginia fought their way to a 15-10 lead in the first seven minutes. Jordan McCabe hit a pair of free threes along with Emmitt Mathews Jr and Derek Culver battling in the paint.
Oklahoma State responded with a 17-4 run over the next four minutes. OSU built a 12-point advantage late in the half; however, WVU cut the deficit down to three behind Lamont Wests back-to-back threes, including a deep three from behind the top of key for a four-point play.
The Cowboys finished the first half scoring five straight points to hold an eight-point lead at halftime.
Mountaineer freshman Derek Culver had a double-double at the half with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Oklahoma State started the second half with two-straight easy buckets, taking the 12-point lead on a turnover and a dunk.
Emmitt Mathews Jr quieted the crowd with a three and the Mountaineers battled their way back behind 10 of Jermaine Haley’s 15-point second half to tie the game up at 66, with just under nine minutes to play.
The Cowboys slowly started to pull away as Yor Anei had three of his five blocks in the final minutes
West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins received a technical foul in the final minutes of the game, clearly frustrated on what seemed to be inconsistency on contact fouls underneath.
Lamont West cut the OSU lead to two on a three in transition with two minutes left in the game, but Lindy Waters essentially put the dagger in the Mountaineers with a three of his own as Oklahoma State pulls away late, 85-77.
“I thought we played hard.” Said Huggins after the game. “Our offensive execution at times, we struggled with.
Huggins continued on Yor Anei’s eight blocks in the game. “I thought honestly the difference in the game was them being able to block shots around the rim. I think he blocked five, that’s 10 points that we probably would’ve had. So, I thought he made a heck of a difference.”
Huggins voiced his frustrations in the lack of execution on offense. “We shoot ourselves in the foot too many times. We screw up the set – we miss a guy wide open, whenever it was, a three-point game or whatever. We got a guy wide open on a shuffle cut and we didn’t even look at him and that’s the first look. We’re playing four freshmen, obviously one of them is really good. They’re young they’re going to make mistakes.”