NORMAN — Cameron Clark registered a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds in his final game at Lloyd Noble Center, leading No. 23 Oklahoma to a 72-62 victory Wednesday night over West Virginia.
The victory lifted the Sooners to 22-8 overall and 11-6 in the Big 12 with one regular-season game remaining.
Clark was the Sooners’ only consistent source of offense in the first half and helped them overcome a slow start to get an essential win.
“We got the win and that’s all I was really focused on. My teammates told me to be aggressive and that’s all I really did,” Clark said. “I’m just glad I played well.”
The Sooners were greatly appreciative as well. Clark was a major reason they won. They only shot 41.8 percent from the field (23 for 55) and were 6 for 23 from 3-point range midway through the second half.
OU had to claw out of a hole because long distance shots were clanking off the rim.
West Virginia (16-14, 8-9) led, 43-40, with 111⁄2 minutes remaining, was in position to score a late-season upset that would’ve kindled its NCAA tournament hopes.
Then Buddy Hield got hot and that doused the Mountaineers’ fire. The sophomore guard overcame a sluggish first half where he had more turnovers (3) than points (1), erupting for 12 points in the second half. Nine came in a four-possession span when OU erased a three-point deficit and started the run that put the game away.
“All I need is one to go down and I feel like I can make every one afterwards,” Hield said. “The coaching staff and players know once I get one to go down I’m going to shoot the next one, regardless.”
Hield’s shot selection wasn’t erractic. He nailed four — wide open — 3-pointers in 31⁄2 minutes. The last one lifted the Sooners’ lead to 59-50 with a little more than 6 minutes remaining.