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Norman, Oklahoma – The West Virginia Mountaineers rallied from 18 points down at halftime to tie the game late in the second half but fell short against Oklahoma, losing 75-71.  The Mountaineers, playing in their first game without recently-departed Oscar Tshiebwe, played with tremendous heart and effort in the second half, but just came up short.

The Mountaineers were led by an exceptional performance from Taz Sherman off the bench, scoring 20 points in the second half of the game on 5-7 from three point range.  Jalen Bridges, in his first start of his career, finished with 16 points on 6-8 from the field and 4-5 from three point range.

West Virginia has a short turnaround and will be back in action two days from now on Monday night at Oklahoma State starting at 9:00 PM.

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