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November 26, 2012

M’Baye sparks win vs. W. Virginia

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Amath M’Baye scored 19 points and Je’lon Hornbeak had 14 as Oklahoma beat West Virginia 77-70 in the third-place game Sunday night at the Old Spice Classic.

Andrew Fitzgerald added nine points for Oklahoma (4-1).

West Virginia (1-3) got 15 points from Juwan Staten. Gary Browne and Deniz Kilicli had 13 apiece.

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.

This was just the second time in Big 12 history that two league teams have met in a regular season, nonconference contest. The other occurred in 1996 when Texas played Nebraska.

After Browne hit two free throws to tie it, Buddy Hield had a basket, M’Baye made a pair of free throws and Hornbeak connected on a 3-pointer as Oklahoma grabbed a 69-62 lead with 4:20 remaining.

Steven Pledger and M’Baye both made two free throws that extended the Sooners’ advantage to 75-66 with 1:38 to go.

Jabarie Hinds hit a 3-pointer and Staten had a layup to get West Virginia within 57-56 with 8 1/2 minutes left.

M’Baye had 10 points as Oklahoma took a 42-37 halftime advantage.

Pledger’s four-point play put Oklahoma up 19-14 with 11 minutes left in the half. Tyler Neal ended a 9-0 run for the Sooners with a long-range jumper that made it 34-22.

Browne’s 3-pointer got West Virginia within 40-35 with a minute to go in the half.

No. 17 Gonzaga 81, Davidson 67: Elias Harris scored 24 points, Kevin Pangos added 23 and No. 17 Gonzaga beat Davidson on Sunday night in the Old Spice Classic championship game.

Kelly Olynyk added 14 points for Gonzaga (6-0), which also won the 2008 Old Spice Classic. The Bulldogs are undefeated in six overall games at the tourney.

Davidson (3-3) got 17 points from Nik Cochran.

Vanderbilt 73, UTEP 49: Kedren Johnson scored 17 points and Rod Odom added 16 as Vanderbilt beat Texas El-Paso in the consolation round Sunday at the Old Spice Classic.

Kyle Fuller added 14 points for Vanderbilt (2-3). The Commodores, looking to replace their top six scorers from last season’s 25-win team, entered averaging 55.8 points a game.

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