MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–Teddy Allen came off the bench and scored 20 points, helping No. 6 West Virginia topple No. 7 Oklahoma 89-76 in front of a sold out Coliseum on Saturday night.
Jevon Carter and Lamont West both poured in 17 points. Sagaba Konate notched his third double-double of the year with 16 points and 13 boards as the Mountaineers (14-1, 3-0) won their 14th straight.
“Believe it or not, you watch the tape, obviously, and you go back and watch last year and I didn’t think they’d guard Sags,” head coach Bob Huggins said. “I thought they’d drop back and take away everything at the rim, which is a smart thing to do. But Sags made shots. If Sags doesn’t make shots, then that’s a brilliant move. I told them whenever it was, two days ago, three days ago, that you’re going to have open jump shots. Then the light went off and ‘Man I better get in there and practice because I’m actually going to get to shoot it now.’ He’s getting better and better.”
Trae Young led the Sooners (12-2, 2-1) with 29 points. Jamuni McNeace tallied 12 points. Rashard Odomes had 11 points and Kameron McGusty 10.
WVU forced 17 turnovers and had eight steals. The Mountaineers had a 38-37 advantage on the glass.
In the first half, WVU limited Young to just nine points on 3-of-11 shooting. Carter and the Mountaineers’ defense appeared to be in the freshman’s head.
WVU led Oklahoma 44-36 at the half.
With 13:30 remaining in the game, Carter picked up his fourth foul and went to the bench for the next 10 minutes. At the time, the Mountaineers led 53-51.
During that stretch, several WVU players picked up the scoring. Konate made two baskets to start a 12-2 run and the Mountaineers never looked back.
With 3:43 remaining Carter check back into the game and made a layup to extend WVU’s lead to 80-72.
After a Konate rebound on a Young miss, Carter found Miles down court to make it an 82-72 contest with 1:45 left.
The Mountaineers made several free throws to put the game away.
WVU shot 45.7 percent from the field, 26.9 percent from beyond the arc and made 18-of-21 from the free throw line.
The Sooners shot 43.1 percent from the floor, 35 percent from 3 and made 19-of-28 from the line.
The Mountaineers host Baylor on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Cover Photo Credit: Kelsie LeRose, BGS