Oklahoma picked up an important Big 12 road victory by beating then-No. 7 West Virginia 89-87 on January 18.
Jordan Woodard missed a free throw that would have won the game in regulation with two seconds left but then he hit the winning layup with seconds left in the overtime.
“We’re supposed to be the best pressing team in America. How do you let a guy drive right down the floor and shoot a layup?” West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said afterward. “Five seconds. In five seconds he drove it the length of the floor and shot a layup to win the game.”
Woodard started his second game after missing four with a leg injury. He hit 18 of his 20 points after halftime.
Oklahoma trailed by as many as 15 (66-51) with 8:56 remaining in the second half. The Sooners responded with an 18-3 run to tie the game at 69 with 4:25 remaining.
Ranked No. 7, West Virginia was the highest rated opponent Oklahoma has defeated in a true road game since Feb. 17, 1993, when the unranked Sooners defeated No. 6 Kansas in Allen Fieldhouse, 80-77.
“Obviously a really hard fought game,” said OU coach Lon Kruger. “Guys on both sides competed like crazy and went back and forth. They made the run in the second half and I couldn’t be more proud of our guys at that point to hang in there.
Entering that game, West Virginia was forcing a nation-leading 24.3 turnovers per game, while the Sooners averaged 14.4 miscues a contest (last in Big 12). Oklahoma committed only 12 turnovers, the fewest of a West Virginia opponent this season. No Mountaineer opponent had committed less than 18 turnovers inside WVU Coliseum this season.