Saturday's Top 25: Reaves lifts No. 12 Oklahoma over No. 14 WVU 91-90 in 2OT
Morgantown, W.Va. — Austin Reaves helped No. 12 Oklahoma pull off an impressive win on the road.
Reaves scored four of his 28 points in the final minute of the second overtime and the Sooners held off No. 14 West Virginia 91-90 on Saturday.
Oklahoma (13-5, 8-4 Big 12) squeaked out a win 1,000 miles from home after losing three of its last four games on the road.
“Just a heck of a ballgame,” coach Lon Kruger said. “There wasn’t much margin either way throughout. Guys on both teams were fighting like crazy, making big-time plays, big-time stops.”
The Sooners couldn’t hold on to a 66-57 lead with six minutes left in regulation and had to depend on Reaves to pull this one out.
Reaves went 10 of 20 from the floor in his second game back since missing two games while in COVID-19 protocols. He also had nine rebounds and seven assists.
“Austin’s a big-time competitor,” Kruger said. “He wants the ball in late-game situations. He doesn’t shy away from anything.”
Derek Culver had his 10th double-double of the season with a career-high 29 points and 14 rebounds for the Mountaineers (14-6, 7-4). He had averaged 6.5 points in six previous games against the Sooners.
“Culver’s a tough matchup,” Kruger said. “He’s so physical.”
Culver scored seven points in the second overtime to put West Virginia ahead 88-85 with 2:12 left. De’Vion Harmon’s layup and two free throws by Reaves gave the Sooners the lead before Miles McBride’s layup with 41 seconds left put the Mountaineers up 90-89.
Reaves capped the scoring with a floater in the lane over McBride with 27 seconds left. The shot “felt good, but there was still time on the clock and we had to get a stop and a rebound,” he said.
There certainly was plenty of drama left.
Culver’s layup attempt with 7 seconds left was blocked by Oklahoma’s Kur Kuath and the ball went out of bounds back to the Sooners. West Virginia got it right back on a tie-up during the ensuing inbounds pass.
After the ball went out of bounds again and West Virginia kept possession, McBride lofted a pass underneath the basket to Culver. But Culver missed a pair of rushed shots in a crowd as time ran out.
West Virginia’s three-game winning streak came to an end. The Mountaineers made just 7 of 24 3-pointers (29%) and 11 of 21 free throws (52%).
West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said his players were tired after returning late from a win at No. 7 Texas Tech on Tuesday and never fully regained their focus and concentration.
“We have to play with an edge, and we didn’t,” Huggins said.
West Virginia’s Sean McNeil added 21 points, all after halftime, and McBride scored 19.
Umoja Gibson added 21 points for the Sooners. Harmon scored 13, Elijah Harkless had 12 and Brady Manek 11.
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►(At) No. 19 Creighton 86, No. 5 Villanova 70: Marcus Zegarowski scored a season-high 25 points, Mitch Ballock had 17 of his 20 points in the second half and Creighton’s offense was at its high-tempo best in a rout of Villanova.
Creighton (16-5, 12-4 Big East) won for the sixth time in seven games and knocked off a top-five opponent for the first time since beating Villanova in February 2018.
The Wildcats (13-3, 8-2) sustained their most lopsided loss since a 25-point defeat to Ohio State in November 2019.
The Bluejays pulled away early in the second half of the meeting of the Big East’s top two teams. They had their best shooting first half of the season (65.4%) and finished at 59.3%.
►No. 1 Gonzaga 100, (at) San Francisco 61: Drew Timme scored 28 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as Gonzaga blasted San Francisco, lifting the Bulldogs to at least 20 wins for the 24th consecutive season.
Aaron Cook, Joel Ayayi and Corey Kispert each scored 12 points for Gonzaga (20-0, 11-0 West Coast), which won its 24th consecutive game dating to last season. This was their fifth straight road game.
Khalil Shabazz and Jamaree Bouyea each scored 14 points for San Francisco (10-10, 4-6), which lost for the 21st consecutive time to Gonzaga since its last victory in 2012.
Earlier Saturday, the Bulldogs were the No. 1 overall seed in rankings released by the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee. Selection Sunday is a month away. They played like the top seed against the Dons.
►No. 9 Virginia 60, (at) North Carolina 48: Jay Huff had 18 points and 12 rebounds and Virginia took control early and beat North Carolina for the seventh consecutive time.
Sam Hauser added 17 points for Virginia (15-3, 11-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) and Trey Murphy III had 12 as the ACC-leading Cavaliers won their fourth in a row.
The Cavaliers led 21-4 midway through the first half as the Tar Heels missed 13 of their first 15 shots. North Carolina (12-7, 7-5) closed to within 27-18 by halftime, but never threatened. The Tar Heels finished just two for 16 from 3-point territory.
Huff, who also blocked four shots, hit three of the Cavaliers’ 12 3-pointers.
►Arkansas 86, (at) No. 10 Missouri 81, OT: Justin Smith scored 19 points to lead Arkansas to an 86-81 overtime victory over Missouri.
Smith, who had missed the Razorbacks’ loss to Missouri last month with an injury, led a balanced attack. Moses Moody scored 15 and Jalen Tate added 14 for Arkansas (16-5, 8-4 Southeastern Conference).
Xavier Pinson led Missouri (13-5, 6-5) with 23 points, and Dru Smith added 15.
Missouri standout forward Jeremiah Tilmon missed the game because of a death in the family.
►(At) No. 11 Alabama 115, Georgia 82: Herbert Jones scored 17 of his career-high 21 points in the first half and Alabama had a blistering shooting night over Georgia.
Freshman Josh Primo scored 19 points, all after the half, for the Crimson Tide (17-5, 12-1 Southeastern Conference), which had five players score in double figures and reached a season high in points. It was the most points Alabama has scored in an SEC game.
The Bulldogs (12-8, 5-8) have dropped the first two of a three-game string of games against the SEC’s ranked teams.
►(At) No. 13 Texas 70, TCU 55: Andrew Jones scored 19 points to lead Texas to a win over TCU as the Longhorns got their first home win in nearly a month.
Texas (13-5, 7-4 Big 12) started sloppy with three turnovers in three possessions but soon cleaned up those problems. Jones found it easy to create just about any shot he wanted on his way to 13 points in the first half.
R.J. Nembhard scored 15 points to lead TCU (11-8, 4-6).
►(At) LSU 78, No. 16 Tennessee 65: Cam Thomas scored 25 points, JaVonte Smart added 20 and LSU beat Tennessee.
The Volunteers (14-5, 7-5 Southeastern Conference) trailed for most of the game but were within 50-46 nearly midway through the second half. Tennessee made just six field goals over the final 12 minutes, though, and the Tigers stretched their lead as big as 17.
Thomas missed 10 of 16 field-goal attempts, but he was 11 of 11 at the foul line. Smart knocked down 8 of 13 field-goal tries, and Darius Days had 14 points for LSU (13-6, 8-4).
►(At) No. 17 Florida State 92, Wake Forest 85, OT: RaiQuan Gray scored 24 points and pulled down 12 rebounds as Florida State defeated Wake Forest 92-85 in overtime in the Seminoles’ first game in two weeks.
The Seminoles tied it at 80 with under a second to go in regulation when Scottie Barnes drove the length of the floor and made a reverse layup. That set up Florida State in the extra period; the Seminoles (11-3, 7-2 ACC) have won 11 straight overtime games.
Jonah Antonio scored a career-high 23 points, drilling 7 of 8 shots from 3-point range, for Wake Forest (6-9, 3-9).
►No. 20 Southern California 76, (at) Washington State 65: Tahj Eaddy scored a season-high 29 points, Evan Mobley had 20 points, 11 rebounds and six blocked shots and the Trojans won their 10th straight victory over the Cougars.
The Trojans (17-3, 11-2 Pac-12) have won six straight and 12 of their last 13 games. They have held their last three opponents to 65 points or under.
Eaddy was 10 of 16 from the field. His previous season high was against the Cougars on Jan. 16 when he scored 21 points.
Dishon Jackson had 18 points for the Cougars (12-9, 5-9), and Isaac Bonton added 17.
The Trojans went on a 13-2 run late in the second half to close out the game.
►No. 22 Loyola Chicago 81, (at) Drake 54: Aher Uguak scored 20 points while leading Loyola Chicago to a win over Missouri Valley Conference rival Drake.
Loyola (18-3, 13-1) extended its winning streak to 11 and gained sole possession of first place in the standings. Drake (19-2, 10-2) was led by Darnell Brodie’s 12 points.
►(At) No. 23 Oklahoma State 67, Kansas State 60: Cade Cunningham scored 15 points to help Oklahoma State defeat Kansas State.
Rondel Walker scored 10 points in his first start of the season and Bryce Williams added 10 for the Cowboys (13-6, 6-6 Big 12).
Antonio Gordon scored 15 points and Nijel Pack added 14 for Kansas State (5-17, 1-12), which lost its 12th in a row. The Wildcats haven’t won since Dec. 29.