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OU men's basketball: Je'lon Hornbeak keeps up surge

Hornbeak scored 11 points, his most in Big 12 play, and added three assists, two steals and no turnovers to help the Sooners come out with a 72-62 win over West Virginia.
by Ryan Aber Published: March 5, 2014
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photo - Oklahoma's Je'lon Hornbeak (5) drives past West Virginia's Chase Connor (4) during the college basketball game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and West Virginia University Mountaineers (WVU) at the Lloyd Nobel Center in Norman, Okla. on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.  Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Je'lon Hornbeak (5) drives past West Virginia's Chase Connor (4) during the college basketball game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and West Virginia University Mountaineers (WVU) at the Lloyd Nobel Center in Norman, Okla. on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

With Buddy Hield and Isaiah Cousins struggling for much of the night, Oklahoma needed some production elsewhere among the guards.

For the second consecutive game, sophomore Je’lon Hornbeak delivered.

Hornbeak scored 11 points, his most in Big 12 play, and added three assists, two steals and no turnovers to help the Sooners come out with a 72-62 win over West Virginia.

“Je’lon’s playing a little more like we expected coming out of last year,” Sooners coach Lon Kruger said. “The last four or five ballgames he’s pretty much been the player we thought we would have.”

Oklahoma’s bench outscored West Virginia’s 20-17.

Junior forward D.J. Bennett scored just two of those but had another solid game in relief of Ryan Spangler.

Bennett had a block and a steal but created more problems for the Mountaineers down low in his 15 minutes.

“D.J. was huge,” Kruger said. “He affected some other shots that he didn’t block.”

COUSINS STRUGGLES UNTIL LATE

Like Hield, Cousins had a rough night for much of the first 35 minutes.

Cousins, who had a career-high 24 points against Texas on Saturday, missed his first four shots and picked up his third foul in the opening minute of the second half.

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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