LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - Amath M'Baye scored a season-high 19 points on 5-for-6 field goal and 9-for-13 free throw shooting. He added a team-high-tying 6 rebounds in a season-high 32 minutes of play.
Hornbeak was 5-for-9 from the field and 2-for-3 from 3-point range en route to a career-high 14-point effort. He averaged 4.0 points in the three games prior to today (was scoreless Friday against Gonzaga).
Andrew Fitzgerald added nine points as the Sooners improve to 4-1 on the season.
"It was a great weekend for us,” said Oklahoma Coach Lon Kruger. “It was a couple of good wins and you always like that, but even more importantly I thought we learned a lot, especially from the first two ball games. We played clearly our best today against a very good West Virginia ball club so we'll take a lot from this and recognize what we've got to continue to work on and hopefully just keep getting better."
Outside of M'Baye and Hornbeak, five other Sooners scored between 6 and 9 points. OU's bench supplied 28 points (all five reserves scored).
Sunday’s meeting was the first of three meeting between the new Big 12 foes. The Sooners and Mountaineers have regular scheduled games in early January and then again in early March.
West Virginia (1-3) got 15 points from Juwan Staten. Gary Browne and Deniz Kilicli had 13 apiece.
"[West Virginia is] a terrific ball club, and Bob (Huggins) does such a good job,” said Kruger. “The game today could have gone either way and I imagine the next two will be similar in terms of being very hard-fought and very tough."
Both teams split two games earlier in the classic. Oklahoma beat Texas-El Paso 68-61, but lost to No. 17 Gonzaga 72-47. West Virginia topped Marist 87-44 and was defeated 63-60 by Davidson.
"It's a great setting. ESPN does a great job with all its tournaments and to have it at Disney World and the opportunities that that affords, all the families and players enjoy it," said Kruger.
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