Morgantown, W.Va. — Every season, West Virginia coach Bob Huggins seems to have someone ready to jump off the bench in a scoring mood.
Teddy Allen has become that guy for the Mountaineers at the start of the Big 12 season. The freshman’s nickname? Buckets.
The reserve forward scored 20 points in 24 minutes, Sagaba Konate had 14 of his 16 points in the second half and No. 6 West Virginia beat No. 7 Oklahoma 89-76 on Saturday night.
It was the second straight game and the third time this season that Allen scored at least 20 points.
“My confidence is really growing,” Allen said. “My teammates are urging me on and my coaches are coaching me up and they are helping me gain the confidence that I need in big games like this.”
West Virginia overcame another lousy shooting performance from beyond the arc, making just 7 of 26 shots (26.9 percent).
“It’s just like a golf scramble,” Huggins said. “Everybody doesn’t have to hit a good shot, just somebody. And that’s kind of what’s happened to us. Somebody always steps up and makes plays. Teddy made some big plays.”
Lamont West and Jevon Carter added 17 points apiece for the Mountaineers (14-1, 3-0 Big 12). Konate also had 13 rebounds.
Oklahoma freshman Trae Young, the nation’s scoring and assists leader, finished at his scoring average with 29 points on 8-of-22 shooting. Carter and his teammates spent much of the game double-teaming Young, who committed eight turnovers and had his streak of double-doubles ended at five games.
West Virginia held the nation’s top-scoring team to its lowest total of the season while the Mountaineers extended their winning streak to 14 games, their longest since winning 22 straight during the 1988-89 season. Oklahoma (12-2, 2-1) saw its 10-game winning streak snapped.
“This is a tough league and we’ve got to get better,” Young said. “They are known for being a great defensive team and they did a good job on defense tonight.”
Carter went to the bench with his fourth foul with 13:30 left, and Young made two free throws to give Oklahoma a 53-51 lead.
Despite Carter missing the next 10 minutes, the Mountaineers never trailed again. Konate hit two straight baskets to start a 12-2 run and West later made two free throws for West Virginia’s largest lead, 73-62, with 5:25 left.
When Carter left the game, “I just wanted to be aggressive,” said Allen, who scored 10 points over the final 12 minutes. “If someone who usually scores the ball goes out, we get to be more aggressive. This was a big step forward tonight.”
Oklahoma got no closer than six points the rest of the game. Carter returned with 3:45 remaining and made a basket and a free throw to help keep the Sooners at bay.
“Jevon Carter is terrific, of course, but when he went out, the other guys picked up the slack and did a good job for him,” Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said.
Young made just two field goals over the final 14 minutes.
(At) North Carolina State 96, No. 2 Duke 85: Omer Yurtseven had 16 points while Torin Dorn hit two huge 3-pointers in the final 2 minutes. It was the second win against a No. 2-ranked team this season for N.C. State (11-5, 1-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), which upset Arizona in November.
The Wolfpack shot 55 percent after halftime, though the two biggest shots came from Dorn.
He first hit a 3 from the corner over an oncoming Marvin Bagley III with 2:02 left and N.C. State protecting a four-point lead. Then Dorn hit one to beat the shot clock on an inbounds pass while being fouled by Javin DeLaurier, a four-point play that pushed the Wolfpack to a 91-80 lead with 1:06 left.
Bagley finished with 31 points and 10 rebounds for the Blue Devils (13-2, 1-2).
(At) No. 3 Villanova 100, Marquette 90: Jalen Brunson had 27 points and eight assists and Villanova bounced back from its first loss of the season.
Eric Paschall added 19 points and Mikal Bridges had 18 points and seven rebounds for the Wildcats (14-1, 2-1 Big East), who never trailed and shot 56 percent from the field to give coach Jay Wright his 400th win at Villanova.
With a week to stew over a 101-93 loss at Butler, the Wildcats were efficient, hitting 27 of 32 free throws and getting assists on 20 of 32 baskets.
Markus Howard had 37 points and eight assists for Marquette (11-5, 2-2), three nights after scoring a Big East record-tying 52 points in an overtime win at Providence.
(At) Providence 81, No. 5 Xavier 72: Kyron Cartwright had 19 points, nine assists and four steals to help Providence snapping Xavier’s 10-game winning streak and ending the best start in school history.
Rodney Bullock scored 17 points, with six rebounds and two blocked shots, as Providence (11-6, 2-2 Big East) beat a ranked team for the first time this season. It was the Friars’ 11th win over a top-5 team, and their first since beating No. 4 Villanova two years ago.
Kerem Kanter had 24 points and 12 rebounds — eight on the offensive boards — in 20 minutes for Xavier (15-2, 3-1).
(At) No. 8 Virginia 61, No. 12 North Carolina 49: Devon Hall scored 16 points and Virginia held North Carolina to its second-lowest point total of the season.
Hall had seven assists for Virginia (14-1, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), and De’Andre Hunter had 10 points and seven rebounds. The Cavaliers won their sixth in a row and sent the Tar Heels to consecutive losses for the first time since February 2016. North Carolina lost 81-80 at Florida State on Wednesday night.
Joel Berry II led North Carolina (12-4, 1-2) with 17 points and Kenny Williams had 11.
LSU 69, (at) No. 11 Texas A&M 68: Tremont Waters scored 21 points, including an off-balance 3-pointer with 1 second remaining, to lift LSU.
The game was tied before the Aggies used an 8-3 run, capped by four points from Tyler Davis, to take a 68-63 lead. But Waters, who finished with five 3s, made a 3-pointer for LSU to get the Tigers (10-4, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) within three with 12 seconds left.
Davis missed two free throws on the other end before Waters launched his winner under heavy defensive pressure to give the Tigers the win.
Leading scorer D.J. Hogg returned for the Aggies (11-4, 0-3) after a suspension, but it wasn’t enough to stop them from dropping their third straight after lopsided losses to Alabama and Florida.
Davis led the Aggies with 19 points and 12 rebounds.
(At) No. 13 Purdue 74, Nebraska 62: Vincent Edwards scored 21 points and Isaac Haas added 14 to lead Purdue to its 11th consecutive win.
The Boilermakers (15-2, 4-0 Big Ten) extended their home-court winning streak to 18 and won their 10th straight home game against a conference foe.
James Palmer Jr. finished with 22 points and Isaac Copeland had 16 to lead the Cornhuskers (11-6, 2-2), whose four-game winning streak ended.
(At) Colorado 80, No. 14 Arizona 77: McKinley Wright IV scored 16 points to lead five Colorado players in double figures as the Buffaloes ended Arizona’s nine-game winning streak.
It’s the second straight game in which the Buffaloes (10-6, 2-2 Pac-12) have knocked off a ranked team. They defeated No. 4 Arizona State 90-81 in overtime Thursday.
Colorado went up by 20 in the first half only to see the Wildcats (12-4, 2-1) pull within three.
Dallas Walton finished with a career-high 15 points on 7-for-7 shooting as the Buffaloes overcame 13 turnovers in the second half.
Deandre Ayton scored 21 of his 26 points in the second half for Arizona.
(At) No. 18 Texas Tech 74, Kansas State 58: Keenan Evans scored 27 points and Texas Tech backed up its big win at Kansas earlier in the week.
The Red Raiders (14-1, 3-0 Big 12) led throughout against K-State, like they have in all of their conference games. That includes that 85-73 win at Allen Fieldhouse four days earlier, the only time they have ever won there.
By shooting 70 percent in the first half, the Red Raiders jumped out to a 20-4 lead and settled for a 40-22 advantage at the break.
Dean Wade had eight points for K-State (11-4, 1-2) in a 16-8 spurt to get within 48-40 with just under 12 minutes left.
Barry Brown led Kansas State with 24 points.
No. 21 Seton Hall 90, (at) Butler 87: Khadeen Carrington scored 29 points and Angel Delgado had 28 points and 15 rebounds as Seton Hall rallied from an 11-point deficit to win its fifth straight game.
With 1:08 left in the game, Carrington pushed the ball up the floor and drove the lane for the go-ahead basket to make it 84-82. Seton Hall (14-2, 3-0 Big East) sealed the win at the foul line during the final 10 seconds of the game.
Kelan Martin finished with 27 points for Butler (12-5, 2-2).
(At) Auburn 88, No. 22 Arkansas 77: Mustapha Heron scored 17 points and Auburn fended off a late comeback attempt to secure its 12th consecutive win.
Saturday’s decision, coupled with Tuesday’s win at No. 23 Tennessee, marks the first time in 11 years that Auburn has won consecutive games against ranked opponents. The last time it happened was 2007, when the Tigers beat No. 22 Tennessee and No. 12 Alabama in a span of six days.
Auburn (14-1, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) hit 12 of its first 18 shots as it opened the game on a 29-18 run.
Jaylen Bradford scored 21 to lead the Razorbacks (11-4, 1-2).
(At) No. 25 Clemson 74, Louisville 69, OT: Marcquise Reed scored 24 points and Elijah Thomas had 12 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks to lead Clemson.
The Tigers (14-1, 3-0 ACC) found their 3-point shot when it mattered, making five of their final seven shots behind the arc after starting the game 2 of 17 on 3s.
Clemson stayed in the game by forcing a season-worst 21 turnovers by the Cardinals — 15 on steals — and won it by hitting nine of 12 free throws at the end of overtime.
Ray Spaulding led Louisville (11-4, 1-1) with 16 points and 14 rebounds.