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Men: West Virginia beats up No. 7 Oklahoma 92-68
By wire services
Published December 23, 2005
OKLAHOMA CITY - Kevin Pittsnogle scored 25 points and Johannes Herber added a career-high 21 to lead a strong shooting performance by West Virginia in a 92-68 upset of No. 7 Oklahoma on Thursday night.
"I don't know that we've had so many layups in a game," Herber said.
"I've been at Oklahoma for 12 years, but I don't remember many times that I've left the court where I was embarrassed as I was tonight," coach Kelvin Sampson said.
Pittsnogle was 8-for-11 from the field, Herber was 9-for-13 and the Mountaineers (7-3) shot 66.7 percent to overcome a career-best 31 points from Taj Gray, who tried to lead the Sooners (6-2) back from a 13-point deficit in the second half. Gray scored all of his team's points in a 13-5 run, pulling OU within 61-56.
But West Virginia held off the rally, stretching the lead to 69-58 after a three-point play by Herber.
NO. 3 VILLANOVA 98, LA SALLE 57: Allan Ray hit six 3-pointers and scored 21, and Randy Foye scored 20, keeping the host Wildcats unbeaten. 'Nova is 8-0 for the first time since 1977-78.
UNCC 85, RUTGERS 82: De'Angelo Alexander scored 20 and Curtis Withers had 19 to lead visiting Charlotte (6-5), which snapped a two-game losing streak. Rutgers' Quincy Douby led all scorers with 29.
PROVIDENCE 76, YALE 63: Freshman Sharaud Curry scored 20 of his career-high 25 in the second half and classmate Geoff McDermott added 18 points and nine rebounds for the host Friars (5-4).
MARQUETTE 60, DELAWARE ST. 48: Freshman Wesley Matthews scored 12 and the Golden Eagles (9-3) used a 21-2 run to end the first half to break the game open.
UC 81, DAYTON 63: Devan Downey scored 21 and James White had 19 to pace the Bearcats (8-2) in the third round of the Las Vegas Holiday Classic.
OKLA. ST. 89, NO. 23 TENN. 73: Byron Eaton scored a career-high 16 as the host Cowboys (8-3) handed the Volunteers their first loss. Tennessee (6-1) had moved into the AP poll for the first time since Feb. 19, 2001, after beating then-No. 6 Texas.
NO. 21 N.C. STATE 68, 'BAMA 64: Engin Atsur scored 15, including two free throws with 25 seconds left, for the visiting Wolfpack (9-1).
VANDY 53, IUPUI 45: Shan Foster scored 12 and the host Commodores (7-1) withstood a late rally. Vanderbilt attempted a season-high 29 3-pointers, making eight.
TEMPLE 63, S.C. 50: Antywane Robinson scored 18 and Mardy Collins added 15 as the host Owls (6-3) pulled away in the second half against the Gamecocks.
LSU 75, ARK.-MONTICELLO 48: Darrell Mitchell scored 18 to lead the Tigers (7-2) past the Division II Boll Weevils in the Las Vegas Holiday Classic.
TEXAS A&M 72, AUBURN 67: Joseph Jones scored a game-high points for the host Aggies (8-0).
NO. 14 BC 89, HARVARD 55: Jared Dudley had 16 points and eight rebounds for the host Eagles (8-2). BC's Sean Williams was cleared to rejoin the team, seven months after he was suspended after his arrest on marijuana possession.
NO. 22 WAKE FOREST 47, RICHMOND 40: Justin Gray scored 21 and Eric Williams added 13 as the Demon Deacons (9-2) held off a second-half rally by the host Spiders.
GA. TECH 92, JACKSONVILLE 67: Jeremis Smith scored 18 and pulled down 13 rebounds for the host Yellow Jackets (5-3), who had five players in double figures. The Dolphins (1-7) committed 24 turnovers.
NO. 8 GONZAGA 60, SAINT LOUIS 57: Adam Morrison scored seven of his 18 in the final 41/2 minutes to lead the visiting Bulldogs (9-2) to their fifth straight win. Morrison was held well below his Division I-leading average of 28.4 points.
NO. 15 TEXAS 85, TEXAS ST. 49: LaMarcus Aldridge had 21 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks as the host Longhorns (9-2) rebounded from two straight blowouts.
NO. 25 IOWA 73, ROBERT MORRIS 51: Adam Haluska scored 18 and Greg Brunner notched his fifth straight double double with 15 points and 10 rebounds for the host Hawkeyes (10-3).
TENN. TECH 66, FAMU 65: Derek Stribling's two free throws with 1:09 left stopped the Rattlers (3-6) in the third round of the Las Vegas Holiday Classic.
KU 85, NORTHERN COLO. 62: Darnell Jackson, suspended by the NCAA for the first nine games, scored a career-high 12 in his return for host Kansas (6-4).
INDIANA ST. 69, ILLINOIS ST. 59 (OT): David Moss scored 21, including 11-of-13 from the free-throw line, to lead four Sycamores (8-0, 1-0 Missouri Valley Conference) in double figures.