Oklahoma basketball: Amath M'Baye nets 19 as OU beats West Virginia

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.
FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS Published: November 25, 2012
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— 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."

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