WVU
OKLAST

No Text

No. 7 West Virginia rallies for 12th straight win

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) West Virginia and Oklahoma State played to their defensive personalities Friday night, pressuring and harassing each other for 40 minutes.

The seventh-ranked Mountaineers maintained their profile, however, while the Cowboys faltered late at one of their greatest strengths - free throw shooting - allowing West Virginia to surge to its 12th straight win, 85-79.

Teddy Allen scored 15 points in his Big 12 debut, leading six West Virginia players in double figures. Allen scored 13 in the second half, helping the Mountaineers (12-1, 1-0 Big 12) erase a seven-point deficit.

''(My teammates) were getting me ready and just telling me, it's a whole different game than the games we've played,'' Allen said. ''I kind of just mentally prepared and had some good practices. I was ready.''

Oklahoma State (10-3, 0-1) got 17 points each from Jeffrey Carroll and Tavarius Shine, but the Cowboys made just 11 of 19 free throws in the second half, after entering the game as the nation's No. 2 free throw shooting team (80.5 percent).

Carroll, an 80.6 percent free throw shooter, missed five of 10 shots from the line in the second half.

''I really don't miss free throws like that,'' Carroll said. ''Just focus.''

The Mountaineers got 13 points from Sagaba Konate, 12 each from Jevon Carter and Daxter Miles Jr., 11 from Lamont West and 10 from James Bolden

Both teams claim defensive identities - and it showed, as each reached a season-high for turnovers. West Virginia forced 21 turnovers and Oklahoma State 18, and the teams combined for 22 steals.

''They play a hell of a D,'' Miles said. ''They play great defense, but I think we started executing offense toward the end of the game when we needed it most.''

BIG PICTURE

West Virginia: The Mountaineers appeared in trouble, trailing by nine in the first half and seven after intermission, but grinded their way to the win in typical fashion - with their attacking defense. They won a road Big 12 opener for the fifth time in six years.

Oklahoma State: Picked for last in the Big 12 preseason poll, the Cowboys have played well in Mike Boynton's first season as coach. Each of their three losses have come against top-10 teams: No. 5 Texas A&M, No. 7 West Virginia and No. 8 Wichita State. Pushing the Mountaineers to the end should give them confidence going forward into conference play.

UP NEXT

West Virginia remains on the road and won't even return to Morgantown, instead heading to Manhattan, Kansas, for a New Year's Day game against Kansas State. The Mountaineers annually open the Big 12 schedule with back-to-back road games, designed to kick out two trips before school resumes from holiday break.

Oklahoma State stays in state, but heads on the road nonetheless, visiting No. 12 Oklahoma on Wednesday.

HE SAID IT

Boynton on the takeaway from the loss:

''I'm proud of our guys' effort, but in this league, effort isn't enough. You have to make winning plays. Credit to West Virginia - they made the plays to win the game, for the most part, throughout the second half, and we didn't. That's on me to get corrected and get us ready for the next one. We'll be better next time.''

LETDOWN

Carter struggled through an off night, by his standards. The senior guard scored 12 points and handed out seven assists, yet made just 2 of 10 shots from the field and committed eight turnovers.

''This is a hard league,'' Mountaineers coach Bob Huggins said. ''It's a hard, hard league. He didn't play very well, but the first thing he says when he goes in the locker room is, `I didn't play well, I'm sorry, but we won and I'm happy.' That's rhetoric for some people. He means it. He's a guy who loves to win. Everybody is going to have a bad day every once in a while. That's probably, numbers-wise, as bad as he's played in four years. He's never had eight turnovers before.''

---

More AP college basketball: http://collegebasketball.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP-Top25

Copyright 2017 by AP. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of AP is strictly prohibited.

Key Players
J. Carter
2 G
K. Smith
1 G
25.2 Min. Per Game 25.2
11.1 Pts. Per Game 11.1
4.0 Ast. Per Game 4.0
2.6 Reb. Per Game 2.6
42.1 Field Goal % 40.0
40.6 Three Point % 31.8
87.0 Free Throw % 75.9
  Bad pass turnover on Tavarius Shine, stolen by Wesley Harris 12.0
+ 1 Sagaba Konate made 2nd of 2 free throws 12.0
+ 1 Sagaba Konate made 1st of 2 free throws 12.0
  Personal foul on Lindy Waters III 12.0
  Defensive rebound by Sagaba Konate 12.0
  Jeffrey Carroll missed 3-pt. jump shot 14.0
+ 1 James Bolden made 2nd of 2 free throws 23.0
+ 1 James Bolden made 1st of 2 free throws 23.0
  Personal foul on Lindy Waters III 23.0
+ 1 Brandon Averette made free throw 34.0
  Shooting foul on Lamont West 34.0
Team Stats
Points 85 79
Field Goals 25-57 (43.9%) 24-47 (51.1%)
3-Pointers 8-22 (36.4%) 6-17 (35.3%)
Free Throws 27-32 (84.4%) 25-36 (69.4%)
Total Rebounds 35 32
Offensive 13 11
Defensive 19 18
Team 3 3
Assists 15 9
Steals 11 11
Blocks 2 3
Turnovers 18 21
Fouls 27 21
Technicals 0 0
15 PTS, 2 REB, 1 AST
17 PTS, 5 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo 7 West Virginia 12-1 394685
home team logo Oklahoma State 10-3 463379
Team Stats
away team logo 7 West Virginia 12-1 73.8 PPG 43.4 RPG 13.6 APG
home team logo Oklahoma State 10-3 68.1 PPG 37.5 RPG 13.2 APG
Key Players
00
T. Allen F PPG RPG APG FG%
00
T. Shine G/F PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
T. Allen F 15 PTS 2 REB 1 AST
T. Shine G/F 17 PTS 5 REB 4 AST
43.9 FG% 51.1
36.4 3PT FG% 35.3
84.4 FT% 69.4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Konate 13 9 0 4/6 0/0 5/6 4 22 0 1 1 3 6
J. Carter 12 4 7 2/10 2/5 6/6 2 38 5 1 8 1 3
D. Miles Jr. 12 2 5 4/7 2/5 2/3 2 37 2 0 1 1 1
L. West 11 4 1 3/6 1/4 4/4 5 25 1 0 3 1 3
W. Harris 9 6 1 1/6 1/4 6/8 4 27 1 0 5 4 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Konate 13 9 0 4/6 0/0 5/6 4 22 0 1 1 3 6
J. Carter 12 4 7 2/10 2/5 6/6 2 38 5 1 8 1 3
D. Miles Jr. 12 2 5 4/7 2/5 2/3 2 37 2 0 1 1 1
L. West 11 4 1 3/6 1/4 4/4 5 25 1 0 3 1 3
W. Harris 9 6 1 1/6 1/4 6/8 4 27 1 0 5 4 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Allen 15 2 1 7/11 0/0 1/1 4 16 1 0 0 0 2
J. Bolden 10 0 0 3/7 2/4 2/2 3 11 1 0 0 0 0
M. Bender 3 5 0 1/3 0/0 1/2 3 17 0 0 0 3 2
L. Routt 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
C. Harler 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0
E. Ahmad - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Hunter - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Knapper - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 85 32 15 25/57 8/22 27/32 27 200 11 2 18 13 19
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Carroll 17 5 1 5/12 2/5 5/10 0 32 4 1 1 2 3
T. Shine 17 5 4 7/11 1/4 2/4 2 32 1 0 3 4 1
L. Waters III 13 5 2 2/6 2/4 7/8 4 29 4 0 6 0 5
M. Solomon 9 8 0 3/4 1/1 2/2 5 24 0 2 2 4 4
K. Smith 7 1 2 3/8 0/2 1/2 1 33 1 0 4 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Carroll 17 5 1 5/12 2/5 5/10 0 32 4 1 1 2 3
T. Shine 17 5 4 7/11 1/4 2/4 2 32 1 0 3 4 1
L. Waters III 13 5 2 2/6 2/4 7/8 4 29 4 0 6 0 5
M. Solomon 9 8 0 3/4 1/1 2/2 5 24 0 2 2 4 4
K. Smith 7 1 2 3/8 0/2 1/2 1 33 1 0 4 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Y. Sima 6 1 0 3/3 0/0 0/0 3 8 0 0 1 0 1
B. Averette 6 2 0 1/3 0/1 4/6 1 23 1 0 2 0 2
C. McGriff 4 2 0 0/0 0/0 4/4 4 18 0 0 0 1 1
T. Dziagwa 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 1 0 0 2 0 0
D. Dillard - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. N'Guessan - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Reeves - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. Dawson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 79 29 9 24/47 6/17 25/36 21 200 11 3 21 11 18