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West Virginia takes down No. 22 Oklahoma State 73-63

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Brown, Staten combine for 40 points in road win

Hot off the heels from their thrilling win over No.8 Kansas, No.22 West Virginia came to Oklahoma State looking to continue their momentum.

West Virginia started the game on the wrong foot with turnovers, missed jumpers and early fouls, leading to an 11-2 Oklahoma State run to put the Cowboys in front 13-4 with 12 minutes to go in the first half.

Mountaineers coach Bob Huggins felt he had seen enough and called a timeout. Whatever Huggins said must have resonated with his players as they got their offensive rhythm back. WVU went on a 9-0 run, powered by Juwan Staten and Jaysean Paige. Jevon Carter, Gary Browne and Jonathan Holton made their defensive presence felt to force turnovers, which would disrupt Oklahoma State’s offensive flow.

The Cowboys did not lie down, as junior guard Phil Forte and senior guard Le’ Bryan Nash kept their team in the game through a series of free throws and jumpers. The teams went into halftime tied at 25-25.

The second half saw a more synchronized WVU team on the court as they raced to an early 10-point lead. The Cowboys got no closer than 8 the rest of the way.

Staten finished with 22, while Browne had a career high 18 to lead the Mountaineers. Devin Williams had 12 rebounds.

Oklahoma State had four players in double figures, led by Nash with 12. OSU shot 44 percent from the field and 88 percent from the free throw line, while WVU shot just 40 percent from the field and 67 percent from the line. However, the Mountaineers dominated the glass with 37 rebounds to Oklahoma State’s 20.

The United Bank Star Player of the Game was awarded to Staten, who added 7 assists to his 22 points and set the tone on both ends of floor to lead his team to victory

West Virginia returns home to face the Texas Longhorns on Tuesday.

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