With less than three seconds left, OU’s Khadeem Lattin tipped in a rebound and the Sooners held back WVU 70-68 in Norman on Saturday.
Earlier this month, Lattin had missed a free throw that would have sealed the victory against then-No. 1 Kansas, who won in triple overtime in Lawrence.
“It takes a tough group to battle West Virginia on the boards, and that’s an area where we’re not the most physical group,” OU coach Lon Kruger said after the West Virginia game. “In terms of rebounding, I thought our guys stuck their noses in there pretty well today and took some steps in that area. Again, West Virginia’s great with the pressure and I thought our guys handled that pretty well, too.”
Buddy Hield had a team-high 17 points while adding four rebounds, four steals, two blocks and one assist.
OU shot a poor percentage from the field but countered with offensive rebounding.
“That’s what happens when you let them (Oklahoma) penetrate,” said WVU coach Bob Huggins. “Penetration draws help, and any time you help that puts the opposing player underneath and gives them the offensive rebound advantage. We didn’t do a good enough job containing the ball. But again, they are hard to do that to because they shoot the ball so well.”