Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Oklahoma Outlasts West Virginia in Semifinal Thriller

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Oklahoma Outlasts West Virginia in Semifinal Thriller

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Press Virginia is one of the best nicknames ever coined to describe a basketball defense.

Yet it does not do Bob Huggins' Mountaineers justice. Not after Friday's stifling effort.

West Virginia held Oklahoma sharpshooter Buddy Hield without a field goal until he connected on a 3-pointer from the corner with 9:43 remaining. Hield finished with six points as the No. 6 Sooners succumbed to the No. 9 Mountaineers 69-67 in the semifinals of the Big 12 Tournament at Sprint Center.

Still, Hield, who went 1 for 8, found a way to make it interesting.

Oklahoma had one final possession, which began after West Virginia's Jonathan Holton made one of two free throws with 1.8 seconds. The Sooners got the ball to Hield, who banked in a desperation 3-pointer, but a replay review by the officials wiped off the shot. …

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