Austin Reaves’ jumper lifts No. 12 Oklahoma over No. 14 West Virginia in 2OT thriller

STILLWATER, Okla. — Austin Reaves scored 28 points, hitting a jumper with less than 25 seconds left in double overtime to give No. 12 Oklahoma a 91-90 win over No. 14 West Virginia in Morgantown, West Virginia, on Saturday.

The Sooners have won seven of their past eight games.

Reaves had just six points at halftime but turned it on the rest of the way. He finished with nine rebounds and seven assists.

Here are three quick takeaways from the win:

Culver early, McNeil late

Oklahoma had done an excellent job of guarding Derek Culver during Culver's three seasons, holding him to just 14-of-49 shooting in the six games Culver had played against the Sooners.

But Culver got going quickly Saturday, hitting three of his four shots and scoring 13 points in the first half. He finished with 22, going 10 of 16.

In the second half, Sean McNeil took over for the Mountaineers.

He scored all 21 of his points in the second half, including 13 consecutive to bring West Virginia from nine points down with about three minutes remaining.

Austin Reaves shoots in the lane late in the second overtime. (Photo: Ben Queen, USA TODAY Sports)

First half ends in disaster

The Sooners looked like they'd take a lead into halftime after West Virginia's Emmit Matthews Jr. was called for an offensive foul with seven seconds left and OU up 3.

But things fell apart for the Sooners in the final seconds — and West Virginia took advantage. 

De'Vion Harmon drove to the basket as time wound down, but as Harmon moved the ball from dribbling with his left hand to going up to the basket with his right, he lost the ball.

The ball found the hands of Miles McBride near the top of the key and McBride raced toward midcourt, where he let a shot fly. It bounced off the backboard and through to send the game into halftime, 31-31.

Moving on up

With his 3-pointer with just more than 13 minutes remaining, Brady Manek passed Tim Heskett for fifth place in career 3-pointers with the 216th of his career.

Manek started at center for the second consecutive game as Sooners coach Lon Kruger opted to go with a smaller lineup, sticking with four guards and using Manek in place of Kur Kuath.

Manek has scored at least nine points in each of the Sooners' past four games.

Manek had a difficult assignment, guarding Culver. Culver had a big game, finishing with 29 points, but Manek had 11 points and nine rebounds.

But Kuath, who played just nine minutes, came up with one of the biggest plays of the game, blocking Culver's shot with seven seconds left in double overtime to help keep the Sooners ahead.

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