Scores

Final

West Virginia 92

(7-3, 2-1 away)

(7) Oklahoma 68

(6-2, 5-1 home)

8:30 PM ET, December 22, 2005

Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

1 2 T
WVU 41 5192
#7OKLA 34 3468

Top Performers

West Virginia: K. Pittsnogle 25 Pts, 6 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

Oklahoma: T. Gray 31 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

Strong shooting by Pittsnogle, Herber leads WVU over OU

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Kevin Pittsnogle scored 25 points and Johannes Herber added a career-high 21 to lead a strong shooting performance by West Virginia in a 92-68 victory over Oklahoma (No. 8 ESPN/USA Today; No. 7 AP) on Thursday night.

Pittsnogle was 8-for-11 from the field, Herber was 9-for-13 and the Mountaineers (7-3) shot 66.7 percent to overcome a career-best 31-point performance from Taj Gray, who tried to single-handedly lead the Sooners (6-2) back from a 13-point deficit in the second half.

Gray scored all of Oklahoma's points in a 13-5 run. He had three baskets off offensive rebounds, including one for a three-point play, and got the Sooners within 61-56.

After a 3-pointer by Mike Gansey, he dodged Pittsnogle and slammed the ball with two hands.

But the Sooners' comeback hopes fizzled after that. Gray was called for goaltending on a shot by Heber, and Heber added a three-point play on West Virginia's next possession to stretch the lead to 69-58.

The Mountaineers then scored 19 of the game's final 22 points for their first win in three games against ranked opponents this season.

Gansey added 15 points and Frank Young scored 14 for West Virginia, which is 7-0 when holding opponents under 70 points this season

Michael Neal scored all 16 of his points in the first half for Oklahoma. The Sooners couldn't get the ball inside against West Virginia's zone in the first half and instead settled for perimeter shots.

About the only way the Sooners could get the ball to Gray was to miss a shot, and they had no trouble doing that. While Gray was 8-for-10 in the second half, his teammates were 5-for-19.

On the other end, the Mountaineers hardly missed.

West Virginia shot 64 percent in the first half, including 13-for-14 from inside the 3-point arc, and led 41-34. It was the Mountaineers' best shooting performance in a half this season, and the second half was even better.

The Mountaineers were 16-for-23 (69.6 percent) after halftime, and had the second-best shooting performance against a Kelvin Sampson-coached Oklahoma team.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
WVU
OKLA
Points 92 68
FG Made-Attempted 32-48 (.667) 25-55 (.455)
3P Made-Attempted 8-20 (.400) 4-18 (.222)
FT Made-Attempted 20-23 (.870) 14-17 (.824)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 15 (0/0) 19 (0/0)
Largest Lead 24 9

2005-06 Season

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