NORMAN, Okla. – Oklahoma’s road victory at West Virginia was easily the highlight of OU’s season. The same could not be said for the return match at Lloyd Noble Center.
The Sooners were unable to take care of the ball and unable to make their shots in a 61-50 loss to the Mountaineers on Wednesday evening.
"It was a tough battle," head coach Lon Kruger said. "I thought obviously West Virginia, with their pressure, bothered us a lot. We didn’t handle that nearly as well as you have to to have a chance to beat a good ball club. I thought defensively, in the half court, we were fine. Again, just too many turnovers for points. I didn’t think we fought that as hard as you have to. Receivers have to be active and available. It’s not always the guy with the ball. It’s a combination of the two. I thought West Virginia totally dictated it with their pressure."
In Morgantown, OU only turned it over 12 times despite the hostile environment and going into overtime. With 8:10 left in the game, the Sooners were already out of timeouts and ended up committing 23 turnovers.
Freshman Kameron McGusty led the way with 10 points, while Khadeem Lattin tied his career high with 14 rebounds.
Other than that, it was a rough night for the Sooners. The lack of offensive execution that has plagued OU during its six-game slide was on full display.
OU shot 33 percent from the floor and only had seven assists to go with those 23 turnovers.
Freshman guard Jordan Shepherd came off the bench for 11 points, seeing his most action of conference play.
OU heads to Iowa State on Saturday evening. The Cyclones defeated the Sooners in double overtime three weeks ago in Norman. The Sooners are now 8-15 overall and 2-9 in Big 12 play.