Oklahoma Sooners hang on for 77-76 win over West Virginia Mountaineers

As has been the case each outing in the Big 12 schedule, the Oklahoma Sooners played another tight basketball game on Saturday at the Lloyd Noble Center.

Hosting West Virginia, the Sooners picked up the 77-76 win to move to 2-3 in Big 12 play and 11-6 overall.

The Sooners led by as many as seven points at different points in the second half and could never pull away. Milos Uzan gave the Sooners a seven-point lead with 7:38 to play in the game, but some sharp three-point shooting from West Virginia helped them to battle back and keep the pressure on the Sooners. Oklahoma’s offense struggled in the final six minutes, struggling to get into a rhythm offensively.

As the Mountaineers tied the game at 70, the Sooners went on the attack, driving the lane and putting West Virginia defenders in a bad spot, drawing fouls.

Jalen Hill made four free throws in the final minute, Tanner Groves added a pair, andGrant Sherfield made one of his two free throws to give the Sooners the win.

Sherfield led the way with 22 points and five assists. Jalen Hill was a perfect 5 for 5 from the field and 4 for 4 from the free throw line for 14 points in the game. Hill also added six rebounds. True freshman Milos Uzan continues to be a revelation, scoring in double-digits for the third-straight game. He’s averaging 13.3 points per game over the last three games. Uzan also had nine rebounds in the contest.

Oklahoma needed a win like this where they were able to show that they can close out tight games. After narrow losses against Texas, Iowa State, and Kansas in three of their first four Big 12 games, picking up this win could help propel the Sooners forward in conference play.

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