WVU fouls up chance at upset

Oklahoma State holds on for win

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West Virginia's Eron Harris was nearly unstoppable when he was on the court.

Problem was, like several of his teammates, he wasn't on the court nearly enough Saturday.

The sophomore guard scored 21 points and made 6 of 7 3-point attempts, but played just 21 minutes before fouling out as No. 11 Oklahoma State beat West Virginia, 81-75, at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla. In all, the Mountaineers committed 32 fouls and four West Virginia players fouled out.

Harris said the foul trouble was no excuse for letting the game slip away.

"We have enough good players to win with anybody in the game," he said. "Our walk-ons even got to play, and I have 100 percent confidence in all of our players. It really doesn't matter who was in the game, we had the game regardless."

Le'Bryan Nash scored a career-high 29 points and had nine rebounds, a performance that bothered Harris.

"I just felt like at a certain point we have to say, 'He's not going to get the ball,' " Harris said. "I think we have got to make a bigger effort to do that because he was their only inside presence."

Juwan Staten scored 19 points for the Mountaineers (11-9, 3-4 Big 12), who have lost four of five.

Markel Brown had 15 points and 10 rebounds for Oklahoma State (16-3, 4-2), which won despite a subpar performance from star guard Marcus Smart. The Big 12's leading scorer finished with a season-low five points on 1-for-7 shooting and played just 25 minutes before fouling out.

"It's hard when we lose Eron," West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said. "Eron gets 21 [points] in 21 minutes, so losing him for us is like losing Marcus Smart."

District women

■ Robert Morris 66, LIU Brooklyn 52: Greece natives Artemis Spanou and Anna Niki Stamolamprou combined to score 40 points as the Colonials (10-8, 6-1) cruised past the host Blackbirds (4-14, 2-5) to grab first place in the Northeast Conference. Spanou led all scorers with 23 points.

■ Texas 66, West Virginia 63: Nneka Enemkpali scored 15 points as host Texas (13-6, 4-3 Big 12) knocked off No. 18 West Virginia (17-3, 6-2). Bria Holmes led the Mountaineers with 18 points.

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