OU's last hurrah came when Neal missed two 3-point shots seven seconds apart with West Virginia leading 89-86.
The Sooner team charter aborted its landing at the Clarksburg (W.Va.) airport early Wednesday after a delayed departure from Oklahoma City. Poor visibility due to the wintry conditions prompted air traffic controllers to divert the plane to New Jersey. The OU plane landed in Newark around 3 a.m. With air traffic delayed all over the Eastern Seaboard, the Sooner charter didn't leave Newark until 3:30 p.m. Eastern time. It landed in Clarksburg at 5, two hours before tipoff, and bused the 30 minutes to Morgantown.
Kruger didn't blame the travel troubles on the slow start or the defeat.
“I didn't see any effect,” Kruger said. “These guys are young. They just love to play.
“Disappointing loss. Tough ballgame. West Virginia did a great job in the first half knocking us on our heels a little bit.”
Harris was helped by point guard Juwan Staten, who scored 20 points. And WVU's Terry Henderson had 17 points, 13 in the first half when the Mountaineers dominated.