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WVU Tops Sooners in OT

West Virginia needed overtime, but the Mountaineers ended their lengthy losing streak against Top25 opponents, knocking off 21st-ranked Oklahoma, 91-86, on Wednesday night.

Harris had 28 points on Wednesday night.

Eron Harris was the star of the night, hitting a three with 20 seconds left to send it to overtime, then knocking in a pair more in the extra period to push West Virginia to the lead. A parade of free throws followed, and the Mountaineers emerged victorious

Harris led all scorers with 28 points. Juwan Staten registered a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Terry Henderson added 17 points.

The two teams battled back-and-forth for the first eleven minutes of the game, with both squads looking a little sluggish, missing open shots and turning the ball over on offense.

With only a one-point lead at the 9:06 mark in the first half, West Virginia found their groove, though. Devin Williams and Juwan Staten trading buckets as part of an 8-0 run that gave the Mountaineers a bit of a cushion.

Oklahoma scored on five of their next seven possessions, but the Mountaineers were stroking on the offensive end - Terry Henderson hit a pair of threes, Remi Dibo added another, and Staten continued to get to the rim, helping extend the lead to eleven at the half, 43-32.

Eron Harris - who only played eight minutes in the first half due to two quick fouls - scored eight straight points for West Virginia to start the second half. Again, though, the Mountaineers struggled to stop the Sooners on the other end, and OU's Buddy Heild scored 12 points in the first 9:38, cutting the lead back down to three, 61-58.

At that point, Bob Huggins called a timeout, hoping to light a fire in his team. That seemingly worked, as WVU bounced the lead back up to seven and sent OU's Ryan Spangler to the bench with four fouls. Right after that, the Sooners hit a three to cut it back to four and called a timeout with 3:45 left in the game, down 77-73.

Much like it worked for Huggins and WVU, the Sooners went on an 8-1 run, taking their first lead in almost thirty minutes of game time at the 1:38 mark remaining. Ultimately, they went up 81-78 before Eron Harris hit a contested three with twenty seconds left to send it to overtime.

West Virginia (14-9, 6-4) returns to action Saturday when they travel to Kansas to take on the eighth-ranked Jayhawks (17-5, 8-1) in a game set to tip at 4:00PM ET in front of a nationally-televised audience on ESPN.

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