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West Virginia men get big road win in Big 12 opener

| Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, 10:03 p.m.
Oklahoma State guard Brandon Averette (left) defends against  West Virginia guard Jevon Carter in the second half Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, in Stillwater, Okla.. West Virginia won 85-79.
Oklahoma State guard Brandon Averette (left) defends against West Virginia guard Jevon Carter in the second half Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, in Stillwater, Okla.. West Virginia won 85-79.
West Virginia guard James Bolden (3) takes a shot at the basket over Oklahoma State defenders guard Brandon Averette (0) and forward Cameron McGriff (12) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Stillwater, Okla., Friday, Dec. 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Brody Schmidt)
West Virginia guard James Bolden (3) takes a shot at the basket over Oklahoma State defenders guard Brandon Averette (0) and forward Cameron McGriff (12) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Stillwater, Okla., Friday, Dec. 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Brody Schmidt)

STILLWATER, Okla. — Teddy Allen scored 15 points, leading six West Virginia players in double figures Friday night as the seventh-ranked Mountaineers rallied to an 85-79 victory over Oklahoma State in the Big 12 opener for both teams.

West Virginia (12-1, 1-0 Big 12), trailed by seven early in the second half, but rode Allen, who scored 13 of his team-high points over the final 20 minutes. The Mountaineers, who won their 12th in a row, got 13 points from Sagaba Konate, 12 each from Javon Carter and Daxter Miles Jr., 11 from Lamont West and 10 from James Bolden in a balanced scoring night.

The Cowboys (10-3, 0-1), the nation's No. 2 free-throw shooting team entering the game, went just 11 of 19 from the line in the second half.

Jeffrey Carroll and Tavarius Shine scored 17 points each to lead the Cowboys.

Both teams claim defensive identities, and it showed as each reached a season-high for turnovers. West Virginia forced 21 turnovers and Oklahoma State 18, and the teams combined for 22 steals.

The Mountaineers appeared in trouble, trailing by nine in the first half and seven after intermission, but grinded their way to the win in typical fashion — with their attacking defense. They won a road Big 12 opener for the fifth time in six years.

West Virginia remains on the road and won't even return to Morgantown, instead heading to Manhattan, Kan., for a New Year's Day game against Kansas State. The Mountaineers annually open the Big 12 schedule with back-to-back road games, designed to kick out two trips before school resumes from holiday break.

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