OU basketball: 3 takeaways from Sooners' win over West Virginia
Austin Reaves scored 28 points, hitting a jumper with less than 25 seconds left in double overtime to give No. 12 OU a 91-90 win over No. 14 West Virginia at WVU Coliseum in Morgantown, West Virginia on Saturday.
The Sooners have now won seven of their last eight games.
Reaves had just six points at halftime but turned it on the rest of the way, not only scoring but across the board.
Reaves finished with nine rebounds and seven assists.
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Here are three other quick takeaways from the win:
Culver early, McNeil late
OU had done an excellent job of guarding Derek Culver during Culver's three seasons, holding him to just 14-of-49 shooting in the six games Culver had played against the Sooners.
But Culver got going quickly Saturday, hitting three of his four four shots and scoring 13 points in the first half.
He finished with 29, going 13 of 23 from the floor.
In the second half, Sean McNeil took over for the Mountaineers.
He scored all 21 of his points in the second half, including 13 consecutive Mountaineers points to bring West Virginia from nine points down to tied with just fewer than three minutes remaining.
First half ends in disaster
The Sooners looked like they'd take a lead into halftime after West Virginia's Emmit Matthews Jr. was called for an offensive foul with seven seconds left and OU up 3.
But things fell apart for the Sooners in the final seconds — and West Virginia took advantage.
De'Vion Harmon drove to the basket as time wound down, but as Harmon moved the ball from dribbling with his left hand to going up to the basket with his right, he lost the ball.
The ball found the hands of Miles McBride near the top of the key and McBride raced toward midcourt, where he elevated and let a shot fly. It bounced off the backboard and through to send the game into halftime tied, 31-31.
West Virginia had missed its first eight 3-pointers to that point.
Moving on up
With his 3-pointer with just more than 13 minutes remaining, Brady Manek passed Tim Heskett for fifth place in career 3-pointers with the 216th of his career.
Manek started at center for the second consecutive game as Sooners coach Lon Kruger opted to go with a smaller lineup, sticking with four guards and using Manek in place of Kur Kuath.
Manek has scored at least nine points in each of the Sooners' last four games.
Manek had a difficult assignment, guarding West Virginia's Derek Culver.
Culver had a bit game, finishing with 29 points, but Manek had 11 points and nine rebounds.
But Kuath, who played just nine minutes, came up with one of the biggest plays of the game, blocking Culver's shot with seven seconds left in double overtime to help keep the Sooners ahead.