Kevin Pittsnogle scored 25 points and Johannes Herber added a career-high 21 to lead a strong shooting performance by West Virginia in a...

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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 victory over No. 7 Oklahoma on Thursday night.

Pittsnogle was 8 for 11 from the field, Herber was 9 of 13 and the Mountaineers (7-3) shot 66.7 percent to overcome a career-best 31-point performance from Taj Gray, who tried to single-handedly lead the Sooners (6-2) back from a 13-point deficit in the second half.

Gray scored all of Oklahoma’s points in a 13-5 run. He had three baskets after offensive rebounds, including one for a three-point play, to reduce West Virginia’s lead to 61-56.

But the Sooners’ comeback hopes fizzled moments later. Gray was called for goaltending on a shot by Herber, and Herber added a three-point play on West Virginia’s next possession to stretch the lead to 69-58.

The Mountaineers scored 19 of the game’s final 22 points for their first win in three games against ranked opponents this season. West Virginia is 7-0 when holding opponents under 70 points this season.

Sooners coach Kelvin Sampson, a former Washington State coach, 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.”

Other games

At No. 3 Villanova 98, La Salle 57

Allan Ray made six three-pointers and scored 21 points, and Randy Foye added 20 points as the Wildcats (8-0) beat the Explorers (7-1).

Villanova has won eight games to start a season for the first time since the 1977-78 season.

No. 5 Florida 77, at Miami 67

Joakim Noah had 18 points and six blocked shots for the Gators (11-0), who set a school record for consecutive wins to open a season. Lee Humphrey added 15 points for Florida.

Guillermo Diaz had a season-high 25 points for the Hurricanes (6-5), who were scoreless over the final 2:11.

At No. 14 Boston College 89,

Harvard 55

Jared Dudley had 16 points and eight rebounds to lead the Golden Eagles (8-2) over the Crimson (8-4). Craig Smith added 14 points for BC.

At No. 15 Texas 85, Texas St. 49

LaMarcus Aldridge contributed 21 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks as the Longhorns (9-2) routed the Bobcats (1-8). Jeremy Johnson scored 20 points for Texas State.

Injured starting forward Brad Buckman and key reserve forward Mike Williams did not play for Texas.

No. 21 N.C. State 68, at Alabama 64

Engin Atsur scored 15 points, including two free throws with 25 seconds to play, as the Wolfpack (9-1) held off the Crimson Tide (5-4). Alabama trailed by eight with 2:21 left, but reduced the deficit to 65-64 before Atsur’s free throws.

Chuck Davis scored 18 points for Alabama.

No. 22 Wake Forest 47,

at Richmond 40

Justin Gray scored 21 points and Eric Williams added 13 as the Demon Deacons (9-2) held off the Spiders (5-5).

It was the fewest points in a victory for Wake Forest in modern school history. The previous record was in a 48-42 win over Maryland on Feb. 20, 1982.

The Demon Deacons struggled against the stingiest defense in Division I, shooting 30 percent against the Spiders’ matchup zone. Richmond has held all 10 of its opponents under 60 points and entered the game giving up a mere 51.3 per game. But the Spiders shot 26 percent against Wake Forest.

Oklahoma St. 89, No. 23 Tennessee 73

Byron Eaton scored 16 points and spurred a late 22-7 run as the Cowboys (8-3) beat the Volunteers (6-1) in Oklahoma City.

Chris Lofton finished with 21 points to lead Tennessee.

At No. 25 Iowa 73, Robert Morris 51

Adam Haluska scored 18 points and Greg Brunner notched his fifth straight double-double, with 15 points and 10 rebounds, to lead the Hawkeyes (10-3) over the Colonials (4-5).

Iowa held an opponent under 60 points for the eighth time this season and won its 23rd straight nonconference home game.


• Ex-Louisiana State forward Regis Koundjia has been declared eligible to play for No. 13 George Washington (8-0) starting with the Colonials’ game at North Carolina State next Friday.

School officials announced Koundjia, who transferred to George Washington last year, had satisfied academic-residency requirements and can join the team. A 6-foot-8 junior, Koundjia can play the rest of this season and the 2006-07 season.