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Sooners fall to Mountaineers

After a crazy travel day that left the Sooners barely getting to the arena an hour before tip-off, they nearly snuck out victorious, but an Eron Harris 3-pointer tied the game and sent it to overtime, where the West Virginia Mountaineers would go on to win 91-86.

"He made big shots," said OU head coach Lon Kruger. "Terrific player, terrific shooter. Got a little foul trouble obviously in the first half, and that slowed him down a little bit. We didn't slow him much in the second half. He had some looks that he stepped up and made shots and obviously a big one there to tie it late. So, just a really good player having a really good game."

The Sooners, who led early, eventually fell down by 11 at intermission when it was 43-32.

But Kruger wouldn't blame any of that on the hectic travel because of a snowstorm.

"I didn't see any affect of that," Kruger said. "These guys are young and they just love to play so I didn't see that that had any effect."

They got going in the second half, rallying back from as much as 14 to take that 3-point lead down the stretch.

That was in large part because point guard Jordan Woodard poured in 23 points, with forward Tyler Neal, guard Buddy Hield and forward Ryan Spangler adding 16, 15 and 10 points, respectively.

"We just had to come in in halftime and refocus," Woodard said. "We felt like we weren't dictating anything on defense and they got a lot of open looks in the first half and it's hard to play from behind the whole game, especially on the road, so we had to fight back to get back in it."

In the end, though, they just couldn't get over the hump in falling to 17-6 overall and 6-4 in the Big 12.

The Sooners return home for a 6 p.m. CT Saturday contest against Baylor.

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