MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–Lindy Waters drained a 3-pointer with 14 seconds left to lift Oklahoma State past No. 19 West Virginia, 88-55, on Saturday afternoon.
The Mountaineers (18-7, 7-5 Big 12) and Cowboys (15-10, 5-7) battled back and forth most of the game. WVU went up six with 3:37 to play, but Oklahoma State refused to go away.
Jeffrey Carroll’s trey with 2:05 to go, pulled the Cowboys within one. Waters’ 3-pointer tied the game 81-81 with 1:05 remaining. Jevon Carter made two free throws to give the Mountaineers an 83-81 advantage. But Kendall Smith’s jumper tied the game before Waters made the game winner.
Beetle Bolden missed a 3-pointer with seven seconds left and Carroll’s dunk finished WVU off.
“Jevon (Carter) didn’t get double-teamed,” head coach Bob Huggins said. “It was for Sags (Sagaba Konate). It wasn’t for Jevon. We were going to throw it close but we were going to do that for four-and-a-half minutes but we didn’t do it.”
Cameron McGriff and Smith led Oklahoma State with 20 points apiece. Carroll chipped in 14 points. Solomon and Waters both had 10.
Carter scored a career-high 33 points for the Mountaineers. Esa Ahmad tallied 16 points and Lamont West added 10.
The Cowboys outrebounded WVU 31-28.
The Mountaineers shot 52 percent from the floor, 31 percent from beyond the arc and made 24-of-28 from the free throw line.
Oklahoma State shot 46 percent from the field, 42 percent from 3 and made 30-of-36 from the line.
“I think you saw two good Big 12 teams compete hard for 40 minutes,” Cowboys’ head coach Mike Boynton said. “This is a game you would expect that you guys are used to, really physical. A lot of fouls and a lot of free throws both ways. We just made a couple of more plays at the end than they did. That’s what it comes down to in this league.”
Oklahoma State picked up its second straight road win over a ranked opponent.
The Mountaineers host TCU on Monday at 9 p.m.
Cover Photo Credit: Kelsie LeRose, BGS