Sooners can't stop hot-shooting West Virginia

Taj Gray's career-high 31 points not enough in OU's 92-68 loss to West Virginia.

Taj Gray scored a career-high 31 points, but it wasn't enough to help No. 7 Oklahoma overcome a red-hot West Virginia team at the All-College Classic Thursday night in Oklahoma City.

The Mountaineers shot 66.7 percent from the field, 87 percent from the free throw line and 40 percent from 3-point range en route to their 92-68 win.

Oklahoma jumped out to a quick 11-2 lead on a Michael Neal 3-pointer at the 17:08 mark of the first half, but West Virginia slowly climbed back and eventually took a 41-34 lead by halftime.

The Mountaineers pushed their lead to 56-43 with 15:26 to go, but the Sooners would make one last run to cut the lead to 61-56 with 11:32 left in the game. Gray scored 13 straight points in the run that cut the lead to five, but that would be as close as the Sooners would get.

West Virginia's six-foot-11 center, Kevin Pittsnogle, hit three clutch 3-pointers and led the Mountaineers 25 points. In all, West Virginia, who led the nation in 3-pointers made coming into the game, was 8-for-20 from behind the arc.

West Virginia's 67 percent shooting effort (32-for-48) was the second-best total ever against a Kelvin Sampson-coached team at Oklahoma.

The Sooners shot 46 percent from the field (25-for-54).

Next up for the Sooners, now 6-2 on the year, is a matchup with Oral Roberts next Wednesday in Norman. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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