Norman, Okla.—The Oklahoma Sooners (18-11) dominated the West Virginia Mountaineers (11-18) on senior day, 92-80. The win helped solidify an 8-seed at worst in the Big 12 Tournament. The Sooners shot lights out all game and suffocated the Mountaineers for the better part of the game.
Despite allowing 52 second half points, OU kept West Virginia at bay just enough to cruise until the final buzzer.
Oklahoma looked like they did in non-conference, smothering the Mountaineers on defense and forcing bad looks for much of the first half.
OU’s intensity dropped off in the second half, turning the ball over 11 times and making the game much closer than it needed to be. However, what OU lacked on defense, they made up on offense.
Brady Manek was his usual self, scoring 14 points and hauling in 6 rebounds.
Krisitan Doolittle benefited from strong backcourt play as he scored 15 points and grabbed 9 rebounds.
The backcourt duo of Jamal Bieniemy and Aaron Calixte tore the Mountaineers apart, combining for 44 points and 8 of the Sooners’ 16 assists.
Bieniemy and Calixte’s performance was representative of the state of Oklahoma basketball. Calixte, a graduate transfer senior who has one last chance to give his all to a program that gave him an extra opportunity. Bieniemy, a rising freshman that has his entire college career in front of him and can help Oklahoma get back to where they were just a few seasons ago.
Bieniemy’s growth over the past season should be promising to Sooners fans. With Bieniemy at the helm and veterans like Brady Manek and Kristian Doolittle, the Sooners will be fun to watch next season.
However, this season is not over. The Sooners are very much alive to make the NCAA Tournament. OU faces-off against the Kansas Jayhawks Tuesday at the LNC before closing out the regular season on the road against Kansas state before heading to Kansas City for the Big 12 Tournament.