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March 7, 2013

Sooners lead wire to wire again, top WVU 83-70

Mountaineers lose fifth straight

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Grooms had eight points and tied his career best with 10 assists for the Sooners.
Eron Harris had four of his five 3-pointers in the second half and led West Virginia with 23 points. Deniz Kilicli scored 20.
The Mountaineers have lost five straight and will need to win next week’s Big 12 tournament to earn a sixth straight NCAA tournament trip.
“It’s like ‘Groundhog Day,”’ West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said, referring to the 1993 movie in which Bill Murray’s character repeats the same day over and over. “It’s like every day’s the same. Every day, it doesn’t matter who it is, we throw it to the other team. Every day, we don’t rebound.”
For a time, West Virginia threatened to return the favor after the Sooners rallied from 12 points down in the second half to spoil the Mountaineers’ Big 12 debut in Morgantown in January. 
Harris made a pair of 3-pointers during a 13-4 rally that got West Virginia within 66-62 with 6:58 to play, and Kilicli hit a left-handed hook shot a couple possessions later to once again make it a four-point game. But the Sooners again found a way to stay ahead.
The victory completed a three-game sweep of the season series for Oklahoma. The teams also met in a Thanksgiving weekend tournament in Florida.
Huggins said his staff identified a series of keys to the game — not letting Oklahoma get a bunch of free throws, coming out ahead on the boards after getting outrebounded in the previous two meetings and preventing the Sooners from driving right — and none of them were executed.
Oklahoma shot twice as many foul shots, going 21 for 27, and had a 33-25 rebounding advantage. 
“That’s what baffles me,” Huggins said.
Kilicli scored the last six points of the first half, sparking a 19-5 run that made it a game again. Aaric Murray’s 3-pointer cut the deficit to 44-41, but Amath M’Baye answered from behind the arc at the other end as the Sooners started building their lead back to double figures.

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