The Norman Transcript

March 5, 2014

Behind Clark's double-double, OU topples Mountaineers

Sooners one win away from locking up second place in the Big 12

By John Shinn
The Norman Transcript

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 to go. If the Sooners win at TCU, which is 0-17 in the conference, Saturday, they will secure the No. 2 seed for next week’s Big 12 tournament.

The Mountaineers dropped to 16-14 overall and 8-9 in the Big 12.

OU had to climb out of a deficit in the second half. West Virginia led 43-40 with 11 1/2 minutes remaining.

The Sooners took off once Buddy Hield ignited. The sophomore overcame a sluggish first half where he hand 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.

Juwan Staten’s bid for the Big 12 scoring title was rocketed with 24 points. However, he was the Mountaineers’ only consistent source of offense.

Guard Eron Harris, who was averaging 18.0 points when the game began, was limited to 28 minutes on the floor and just five points. He fouled out with two minutes left.

Brandon Williams added 14 points for West Virginia. Gary Browne finished with 12.

Jelon Hornbeak came off the bench to add 11 points for the Sooners. Four of those came at the free-throw line. There was a huge disparity at the charity stripe with OU going 15 for 20. The Mountaineers were 4 for 10.