After losing just their second game of the season against No. 3 Kansas on Saturday, the No. 17 West Virginia Mountaineers (12-2, 1-1 Big 12) bounced back on the road on Monday night in Stillwater, Oklahoma to win 55-41 over the Cowboys.
One of the worst shooting teams in the Big 12, Oklahoma State (9-5, 0-2) was ice cold from the field throughout much of the contest. The Cowboys shot just 14-48 (29.2%) from the floor. Missing their top perimeter shooter, Thomas Dziagwa, the Cowboys started 0 for 17 from three-point range, finishing only 1 for 20.
Oklahoma State made only six field goals in the first half and turned the ball over 10 times, leading to a 28-19 halftime lead for the Mountaineers. Favors did not improve much in the second half where the Cowboys made eight field goals and committed nine turnovers.
WVU was once again led by big man Oscar Tshiebwe, who scored 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the victory. Tshiebwe’s partner in the frontcourt, sophomore Derek Culver, pitched in nine points and 12 rebounds of his own.
West Virginia held advantages over Oklahoma State in bench points (28-12) and points in the paint (24-20). Miles McBride (10 points), Brandon Knapper (eight) and Taz Sherman (six) led the charge off the bench.
McBride has scored in double-digits in each of the past five games, scoring 15 against Nicholls, 10 at Youngstown, 21 against Ohio State and 13 Saturday versus Kansas.
West Virginia will return home for the first time since Dec. 14 on Saturday, Jan. 11 when the team takes on No. 22 Texas Tech. Tip-off from the WVU Coliseum is set for 6 p.m.