CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- With West Virginia's biggest bodies
fouling out, Oklahoma's bigger bodies took control.
Griffin had 18 points and 16 rebounds and Longar had 22 points
for Oklahoma. He played just five minutes in the first half because
of foul trouble.
Oklahoma (10-3) outscored West Virginia 15-9 in the final
overtime, with Longar accounting for eight points over the final
five minutes after two frontcourt starters for the Mountaineers --
Da'Sean Butler and Jamie Smalligan -- fouled out.
"What a great college basketball game," Oklahoma coach Jeff
Capel said. "West Virginia is a very good team. I think we are
becoming a very good team. It was a heck of a win for us."
As good as the frontcourt was, it was the Sooners' backcourt
that impressed WVU coach Bob Huggins. Austin Johnson scored 13
points and dished out nine assists, and David Godbold added 18
points and seven rebounds.
"Their guards won the game," Huggins said. "They were able to
penetrate, and when we had to play help defense that let their post
Oklahoma was 20-of-32 from the field in the final 30 minutes,
and the Sooner shot 53.7 percent overall.
Ruoff's putback basket with less than a second remaining in
regulation sent the game into overtime, where the Mountaineers took
an early five point lead. But Tony Crocker's 3-point basket for
Oklahoma evened the score at 73, forcing a second overtime period.
The Sooners then outlasted WVU, with guard David Godbold making
a pair of free throws to give Oklahoma a six-point lead. The
Mountaineers missed all four of their free throws in overtime.