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Ranked No. 7 in this week’s AP poll, West Virginia is the highest rated opponent Oklahoma has defeated in a true road game since 1993, when the Sooners defeated No. 6 Kansas in Allen Fieldhouse, 80-77.
Jordan Woodard scored 18 points after halftime for the second-game in a row. Woodard lifted the Sooners to victory on a layup with 2.2 seconds remaining in overtime.
Oklahoma trailed by as many as 15 (66-51) with 8:56 remaining in the second half. The Sooners responded with an 18-3 run to tie the game at 69 with 4:25 remaining and eventually forced overtime. It is the largest deficit the Sooners have overcome in a win this season.
Entering Wednesday’s game, West Virginia was forcing a nation-leading 24.3 turnovers per game, while the Sooners averaged 14.4 miscues a contest (last in Big 12). Oklahoma committed only 12 turnovers on Wednesday, the fewest of a West Virginia opponent this season. No Mountaineer opponent had committed less than 18 turnovers inside WVU Coliseum this season.
Jamuni McNeace scored a career-high 14 points on 6-of-6 shooting and pulled down five rebounds. McNeace’s play in the post played a major factor in the Sooners win. As a team, Oklahoma scored 48 points in the paint and put back 20 second-chance points.
Oklahoma has won nine games against top-10 opponents in the Lon Kruger era.
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