Staten and Brown lead No. 23 West Virginia over Oklahoma St
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Juwan Staten scored 22 points and had seven assists, Gary Browne added a career-high 18 points and No. 23 West Virginia beat Oklahoma State 73-63 on Saturday.
Browne, who also had eight rebounds, scored 16 of his points in the second half for West Virginia (21-6, 9-5 Big 12), which has won three of its last four.
Le’Bryan Nash scored 12 points and had four assists for Oklahoma State (17-10, 7-8), which lost its third straight game.
After entering the second half tied at 25, West Virginia pulled away with a 13-2 run that established a 41-31 lead when Browne sank two free throws with 13:06 remaining.
Much of that crucial run was fueled by offensive rebounds and Oklahoma State turnovers, two categories in which the Mountaineers lead the nation.
West Virginia maintained at least an eight-point advantage the rest of the way.
After West Virginia scored the first basket of the game, Oklahoma State went on a 13-2 run to go up nine points over the first eight minutes.
But West Virginia bounced back, forcing four OSU turnovers in a span of three minutes to fuel a 9-0 burst of its own, tying the game at 13 on Staten’s layup with 9:35 left in the opening half.
Neither team scored again for over three minutes, when Nash hit two free throws, and it was a close, defensive battle the rest of the first half, which ended in a 25-25 tie.