Morgantown, W. Va. — Buddy Hield helped get No. 3 Oklahoma out of a temporary lull.
The nation’s second-leading scorer had 29 points to lead the Sooners to a 76-62 victory over No. 10 West Virginia on Saturday.
Oklahoma (21-5, 9-5) stayed close in the Big 12 race, tying the Mountaineers and Baylor for second place behind Kansas. The Sooners were coming off consecutive losses to Kansas and Texas Tech and three losses in four games after spending three weeks at No. 1.
In a second half of several scoring swings, Hield helped put Oklahoma in control. He capped a 9-0 run with a 3-pointer to put the Sooners ahead 61-52 with 5:22 left, silencing the home crowd.
“For the past few weeks we’ve been struggling,” Hield said. “Coach (Lon Kruger) got on us. Everybody wanted to come to West Virginia and prove something.
“You look at the tape from the Texas Tech and Kansas game, we didn’t have fun competing. This game, we really had fun.”
Kruger isn’t sure whether Oklahoma can make up enough ground in the league race with four games to play. The Sooners were already swept by Kansas.
“Every game is important when you’re a couple of games behind as we are,” Kruger said. “We’re coming up on March and we may be too far back now. But still, we can’t do anything about last week. We’ve got to do what we can to take care of business moving forward. Last two weeks of conference play coming up and every one of them is going to be really tough.”
Jaysean Paige scored 11 of his 13 points in the second half for West Virginia (20-7, 9-5), but the Mountaineers couldn’t answer with their own decisive run.
Hield often got ahead of West Virginia’s defense for layups, and nifty passing in the halfcourt enabled him to get open outside for shots. He made five 3-pointers to give him 109 this season, breaking the school record of 105 set by Nate Erdmann in 1997.
Isaiah Cousins added 12 points and Jordan Woodard had 11 for the Sooners.
Tarik Phillip had 17 points for the Mountaineers, who were alone in first place two weeks ago and have lost three of four.
After leading only briefly in the first half, West Virginia scored 11 points in the first 2 minutes of the second half to grab the lead, only to see the Sooners go on a 17-4 run.
West Virginia put together its final burst behind Paige, who made four free throws, a fadeaway jumper and a fast-break layup to knot the score at 52-all with 7:48 left.
But the Mountaineers went nearly 4 minutes until their next basket.
“They made more shots than we made,” West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said. “They’ve got Buddy Hield and we don’t.”
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(At) No. 1 Villanova 77, Butler 67: Josh Hart had 22 points and 12 rebounds and Kris Jenkins added 20 points to lead Villanova (24-3, 13-1 Big East) to its seventh straight victory. Kelan Martin scored 19 points for Butler (18-9, 7-8).
It was the first time in Villanova history that a No. 1 team played at the Pavilion, the Wildcats’ on-campus home.
No. 2 Kansas 72, (at) Kansas State 63: Frank Mason III scored 15, Perry Ellis added 14 and Kansas escaped after blowing most of a 17-point lead in the second half. Wayne Selden Jr. also scored 12 for the Jayhawks (23-4, 11-3 Big 12). Stephen Hurt and Barry Brown scored 13 points each for Kansas State (15-12, 4-10).
(At) No. 5 North Carolina 96, No. 11 Miami 71: Brice Johnson had 16 points and 15 rebounds as North Carolina regrouped from an emotional loss to rival Duke. Justin Jackson added 15 points for the Tar Heels (22-5, 11-3 Atlantic Coast Conference). Angel Rodriguez and Ivan Cruz Uceda scored 12 points each to lead Miami (21-5, 10-4).
No. 8 Xavier 88, (at) Georgetown 70: Xavier (24-3, 12-3 Big East) broke open a tight game by making 12 of its first 13 shots after halftime, and Edmond Sumner finished with a career-best 22 points. Sumner was among four Musketeers to score in double figures, with James Farr adding 14 points, Trevon Bluiett 13, and J.P. Macura 12. Georgetown (14-14, 7-8) was led by D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera with 18 points.
(At) No. 13 Iowa State 92, TCU 83: Georges Niang scored 27, Abdel Nader had 24 and Iowa State held on to move within a victory of its fifth straight 20-win season. Deonte Burton set season highs with 23 points and 14 rebounds for the Cyclones (19-8, 8-6 Big 12). Freshman forward JD Miller had 19 points and 11 rebounds for TCU (11-16, 2-12).
(At) Texas A&M 79, No. 14 Kentucky 77, (OT): Tyler Davis’ putback at the buzzer gave Texas A&M (20-7, 9-5 Southeastern Conference) a wild win in overtime after a technical foul on Isaac Humphries cost Kentucky the lead in the final seconds. The freshman center finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Jalen Jones led A&M with 24 points. Tyler Ulis had 22 points and 11 assists for Kentucky (20-7, 10-4).
St. Bonaventure 79, (at) No. 15 Dayton 72: Jaylen Adams matched his career high with 31 points and hit the big shots in the final 36 seconds to lead St. Bonaventure (18-7, 10-4 Atlantic 10) to its first road win over a ranked team in its history. Adams’ 3-pointer with 36 seconds to go snapped a 72-72 tie. Dayton (21-5, 11-3) were coming off a 79-70 loss at Saint Joseph’s on Wednesday and hadn’t lost consecutive games in their last 77, the third-longest active streak behind Villanova and Kansas.
(At) No. 16 Oregon 91, Oregon State 81: Freshman guard Tyler Dorsey matched his season high with 25 points, and Oregon regained a share of the Pac-12 lead.Dillon Brooks added 17 points and Elgin Cook had 16 for the Ducks (21-6, 10-4). Tres Tinkle had 23 points to lead the Beavers (15-10, 6-8).
(At) No. 18 Louisville 71, No. 20 Duke 64: Damion Lee scored 24 points, including three 3-pointers during Louisville’s furious second-half rally from a 13-point deficit.
Louisville (21-6, 10-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) trailed 44-31 with 17:10 remaining before battling back and using an 8-0 run with consecutive 3s by Lee and a slam by Jaylen Johnson for a 58-55 lead. Lee added another long-range shot and Johnson made a jumper to make it 63-59 before a final game-changing sequence for the Cardinals.
Officials then whistled Duke guard Grayson Allen for charging — his fifth foul — and assessed him a subsequent technical foul for arguing the call to end his day after scoring a game-high 29 points for the Blue Devils (20-7, 9-5).
(At) Georgia Tech 63, No. 19 Notre Dame 62: Marcus Georges-Hunt scored on a short jumper with 2 seconds remaining to lift Georgia Tech, which has won back-to-back ACC games for the first time since late in the 2013-14 season. Georges-Hunt had 19 points for the Yellow Jackets (15-12, 5-9 Atlantic Coast Conference). Zach Auguste and V.J. Beachem each had 13 points for Notre Dame (18-8, 9-5), which had won three straight.
No. 25 Baylor 78, (at) No. 24 Texas 64: Johnathan Motley scored 24 points on 12-of-13 shooting to lead Baylor, which is in third place in the Big 12 with an outside chance to play for the regular-season title with four games left. The Bears shot 63 percent from the field. Taurean Prince added 17 points for Baylor (20-7, 9-5). Shaq Cleare scored 14 for Texas (17-10, 8-6), which lost for the second time at home this season.