MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–Despite Beetle Bolden’s 31-point performance, West Virginia fell to Oklahoma State, 85-77 on Saturday afternoon at the Coliseum.
Isaac Likekele scored 23 points for the Cowboys (8-8, 2-2 Big 12). Cameron McGriff chipped in 16 and Curtis Jones had 15. Thomas Dziagwa added 11 points.
Derek Culver recorded 15 points and 15 rebounds for the Mountaineers (8-8, 0-4). Lamont West tallied 13 points and Jermaine Haley 10.
Oklahoma State compiled an 11-2 run to take a 34-24 lead with 1:31 left in the first half. The Cowboys led 39-28 at the break.
In the second half, Bolden and West sparked a comeback for WVU, who pulled within three, 54-51, on Bolden’s 3-pointer. But that would be as close as the Mountaineers would ever get.
Oklahoma State went on a 12-4 run and WVU could never cut the deficit to any less than seven.
The Mountaineers improved drastically in the turnover department with six miscues. However, WVU only forced 5 turnovers.
Trey Doomes played in his first collegiate game. He was scoreless but had two rebounds and one assist.
“I want to get Trey in and he deserves to get in,” head coach Bob Huggins said. “It’s hard when you haven’t played, it’s hard. He had a couple breakdowns defensively that hurt us. It’s hard to run anything with him and Derek in there because they both really haven’t been around that long. I thought Emmitt (Matthews Jr.) was okay. We just have to keep working with them and hopefully try and get them better.”
Esa Ahmad and Wesley Harris did not play in the loss.
The Mountaineers shot 39 percent from the floor, 21 percent from beyond the arc and 79 percent from the charity stripe.
Oklahoma State shot 47 percent from the field and 47 percent from 3.
WVU looks for its first conference win on Tuesday when the Mountaineers travel to Fort Worth to take on TCU.
Cover Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS