The Sooners hoped to get back on track with a trip to Morgantown to face a struggling West Virginia program. Battling back-and-forth throughout the first half of the contest, the game would be decided in the final twenty minutes of play. Seizing the opportunity, the Mountaineers slow built a 55-46 lead with 9:30 left in regulation. However, the story remained far from over.
On the next several trips, Oklahoma capitalized on the aggressiveness of the defense. Baiting WVU into a foul, Christian James knocked down two consecutive free throws. Leaning into the tactic, Aaron Calixte earned an old-fashioned three point by connect at the charity stripe after a made bucket. Following suit, Hannes made two of his own before James collected at the stripe once again. Racking up a quick twelve points in waning minutes of the game, the Sooners found themselves with an opportunity to pull out a road win.
Working on the defensive side of the court, Lon Kruger’s defense simply failed to shut down Brandon Knapper. Knocking down a clutch three point attempt while coming off the bench, the player single-handedly gave ‘Eers fans hope. Hitting six consecutive free throw attempts, Knapper scored six of the final eight points for WVU sealing the 79-71 victory.
Questions abound for a program once including in the top twenty five as two ranked foes await the Sooners. It’s now or never for this group to define the season.