MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Buddy Hield helped get No. 3 Oklahoma out of a temporary lull. The nation's second-leading scorer's 29 points led 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.
In a second half of several scoring swings, Hield helped put Oklahoma in control. He capped a 9-0 run with a three-pointer to put the Sooners ahead 61-52 with 5:22 left, silencing the home crowd.
He made five three-pointers to give him 109 this season, breaking the school record of 105 set by Nate Erdmann in 1997.
"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."
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. "They made more shots than we made," West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said. "They've got Buddy Hield and we don't."