In a game filled with impressive performances, Joe Herber's career high 21-point, five assist showing in the Mountaineers' 92-68 crushing of Oklahoma earns our player of the game honors.
Herber, again directing the Mountaineer attack and creating both in the passing game and off the dribble, recorded the first 20-point game of his career as WVU put a massive beatdown on the Sooners. Herber made all nine of his two-point attempts (his only four misses were from three-point range) and canned all three of his free throws. His previous career high was 17 against Notre Dame
Herber also added to his team-leading assist total by racking up five more against the Sooners. However, his biggest sequence came when he kept the ball on two consecutive thwart OU's second half rally. Leading by just six points at 64-58, Herber floated a shot toward the basket that was goaltended by OU's Taj gray, putting the Mountaineers up by eight. Follwing an OU turnover, Herber then took the ball to the basket and made a layup while getting fouled. He hit the ensuing free throw to give WVU an 11-point lead and put the Gold and Blue back in the driver's seat.
Kevin Pittsnogle certainly did enough to earn player of the game honors, and was named to the all-tournament team. He was 8-11 from the field and made all six of his free throws en route to his 25 points.
Although he wasn't on the floor long, Darris Nichols' five first half points could pay even bigger dividends down the road. Nichols first blew past the OU defense for a layup and a foul, which he converted for a three-point play, then answered a Michael Neal three-pointer with a twisting shot in the lane to give WVU the lead at 22-20. If Nichols ever again doubts his ability to produce at the highest level, all he has to do is watch that minute-long sequence.
For those flashing back to losses marred by critical free throw misses, this game was a treat. WVU was a sizzling 20-23 from the free throw line, and was 12 of its last 13 in the game.