West Virginia Routs Oklahoma 93-61 in Critical Bubble Matchup
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia blows out Oklahoma 93-61 in a critical matchup between two bubble teams.
Prior to the game, ESPN‘s Joe Lunardi listed West Virginia (14-9, 3-7 Big 12) as a “last four in” while Oklahoma (12-11, 2-8 Big 12) with “first four out.”
West Virginia moves into sole possession of eighth place in the Big 12 with the win.
WVU fifth-year senior Erik Stevenson had another great performance at the Coliseum, recording a career high 34 points. The Washginton native shot 13-of-23 from the field and 6-of-11 from three. Stevenson comes off of his 31-point game in the last home game against Auburn last Saturday. Stevenson’s career high set last weekend was eclipsed again against the Sooners.
Stevenson hit a three-pointer with 16 minutes to go to give WVU their biggest lead of the night at that point, up 64-35.
Sophomores Seth Wilson, James Okonkwo and Mohamed Wague all showed counted improvement as the season progresses. Wilson shot 2-of-3 from three with eight points, Okonkwo and Wague combined for 14 rebounds.
Okonkwo scored 10 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in a double-double performance.
Before the game, WVU G Kedrian Johnson shot 31 percent from the field during conference play. Johnson shot 4-of-7 from the field in an efficient effort. The Texas native finished with 16 points, three rebounds and three assists.
Emmitt Matthews and Mohamed Wague blocked three shots each against the Sooners, help totaling nine team blocks.
Before the game, Oklahoma was on a seven-game winning streak versus West Virginia. WVU’s last win over the Sooners was in the Big 12 Tournament in 2019. Before the losing streak, West Virginia defeated Oklahoma in six of the previous eight matchups from 2016-19.
WVU freshman guard Josiah Davis did not dress on Saturday as he is dealing with a wrist injury. Davis’ status is day-to-day.
West Virginia will take a few days off before hosting No. 13 Iowa State on Wednesday. Mountaineers and Cyclones will tipoff at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.