LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Amath M'Baye scored 19 points and Je'lon Hornbeak had 14 as Oklahoma beat West Virginia 77-70 in the third-place game Sunday night at the Old Spice Classic.
Andrew Fitzgerald added nine points for Oklahoma (4-1)
West Virginia (1-3) got 15 points from Juwan Staten. Gary Browne and Deniz Kilicli had 13 apiece.
Both teams split two games earlier in the classic. Oklahoma beat Texas-El Paso 68-61, but lost to No. 17 Gonzaga 72-47. West Virginia topped Marist 87-44 and was defeated 63-60 by Davidson.
This was just the second time in Big 12 history that two league teams have met in a regular season, nonconference contest.
M'Baye said getting an early win against a conference opponent was important for the Sooners.
“We're probably going to play them two or three times, and having that little edge on them is something that feels good,” M'Baye said. “It's good to know that we've beat them before so we can beat them again. It's better that they come in the Big 12 knowing what to expect."
After Browne hit two free throws to tie it, OU's Buddy Hield had a basket, M'Baye made a pair of free throws and Hornbeak connected on a 3-pointer as Oklahoma grabbed a 69-62 lead with 4:20 remaining.
Steven Pledger and M'Baye both made two free throws that extended the Sooners' advantage to 75-66 with 1:38 to go.
Jabarie Hinds hit a 3-pointer and Staten had a layup to get West Virginia within 57-56 with 8 1/2 minutes left.
M'Baye had 10 points as Oklahoma took a 42-37 halftime advantage.
Pledger's four-point play put Oklahoma up 19-14 with 11 minutes left in the half. Tyler Neal ended a 9-0 run for the Sooners with a long-range jumper that made it 34-22.
Browne's 3-pointer got West Virginia within 40-35 with a minute to go in the half. West Virginia senior forward Dominique Rutledge had two points and four rebounds in his season debut.