MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Austin Reaves helped No. 12 Oklahoma pull off an impressive win on the road. Reaves scored four of his 28 points in the final minute of the second overtime and the Sooners held off No. 14 West Virginia 91-90 on Saturday.
Oklahoma (13-5, 8-4 Big 12) squeaked out a win 1,000 miles from home after losing three of its last four games on the road. The Sooners couldn’t hold on to a 66-57 lead with six minutes left in regulation and had to de- pend on Reaves to pull this one out. Reaves went 10 of 20 from the floor in his second game back since missing two games while in COVID-19 protocols. He also had nine rebounds and seven assists.
“Austin’s a big-time competitor,” Kruger said. “He wants the ball in late-game situations. He doesn’t shy away from anything.” Derek Culver had his 10th double-double of the season with a career-high 29 points and 14 rebounds for the Mountaineers (14- 6, 7-4). He had averaged 6.5 points in six previous games against the Sooners.
“Culver’s a tough match-up,” Kruger said. “He’s so physical.” Culver scored seven points in the second overtime to put West Virginia ahead 88-85 with 2:12 left. De’Vion Harmon’s layup and two free throws by Reaves gave the Sooners the lead before Miles McBride’s layup with 41 seconds left put the Mountaineers up 90-89.
Reaves capped the scoring with a floater in the lane over McBride with 27 seconds left. The shot “felt good, but there was still time on the clock and we had to get a stop and a rebound,” he said. There certainly was plenty of drama left. Culver’s layup attempt with 7 seconds left was blocked by Oklahoma’s Kur Kuath and the ball went out of bounds back to the Sooners. West Virginia got it right back on a tie-up during the ensuing inbounds pass.
After the ball went out of bounds again and West Virginia kept possession, McBride lofted a pass underneath the basket to Culver. But Culver missed a pair of rushed shots in a crowd as time ran out. Umoja Gibson added 21 points for the Sooners. Harmon scored 13, Elijah Harkless had 12 and Brady Manek 11.