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No. 12 Oklahoma hangs on for double OT win vs. No. 14 West Virginia

It wasn’t pretty, but OU is now in second place by themselves in the Big 12.

Oklahoma Sooners guard Elijah Harkless grabs a rebound over West Virginia Mountaineers forward Jalen Bridges during the first half at WVU Coliseum. Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

In a double overtime Big 12 battle, the No. 12 Oklahoma Sooners escaped with a 91-90 win over the No. 14 West Virginia Mountaineers in a key Big 12 matchup that will have a major impact on the conference standings.

Oklahoma (13-5, 8-4 Big 12) got 28 points from guard Austin Reaves, including a smooth midrange jumper with 26 seconds remaining to give OU their final lead. The Sooners shot just 11-34 from three-point range against one of the better defensive teams in college basketball. They also hung around on the glass only losing the rebounding battle 47-42 to a team where recovery of misses is always the priority.

WVU (14-6, 7-4 Big 12) was led by center Derek Culver, who had 29 points on 13-23 shooting as well as 14 rebounds. On the last play of the game Culver caught the ball with 3.5 seconds remaining right under the rim, but was unable to finish via two shots while being contested by the Sooners as time expired. Miles McBride added 19 points on 6-19 shooting as well as eight assists for the home team.

In a quirk of COVID-19 scheduling, both teams will face the No. 13 Texas Longhorns next: OU on Tuesday in Norman, and WVU on Saturday in Austin.