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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