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Oklahoma State basketball: Cowboys struggle in 2nd half in 65-47 loss at No. 17 West Virginia

OSU was shot 17 percent and was held to 14 points after halftime.

NCAA Basketball: Oklahoma State at West Virginia Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

Oklahoma State blew a 10-point halftime lead in a 65-47 loss to No. 17 West Virginia on Tuesday at WVU Coliseum in Morgantown, West Virginia.

After WVU head coach Bob Huggins went with a bigger lineup of players 6-foot-7 or taller, the Mountaineers (19-7, 7-6 Big 12) went on a 20-4 run to start the second half. The change led to a dominant performance in the paint with WVU winning the rebound battle 42-29.

Miles McBride and Sean McNeil each had 11 points for the Mountaineers, who ended a three-game losing streak. Oscar Tshiebwe and Derek Culver pulled down 15 and 10 rebounds, respectively.

Huggins earned his 879th career victory to tie North Carolina’s Dean Smith for sixth all-time among Division I coaches.

Cameron McGriff scored 19 points for OSU (13-13, 3-10), which had won two straight. No other Cowboy reached double-digits in points.

The Cowboys shot 60 percent from the floor in the first half, but went cold in the second with only 13 points on 17 percent shooting.

What’s next

OSU returns to Stillwater to host Bedlam rival Oklahoma (16-10, 6-7) at 3 p.m. Saturday at Gallagher-Iba Arena. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN2.