MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- The University of Oklahoma had the trip that wouldn't end. West Virginia University had the streak that wouldn't end.
Both, mercifully, are over after a game that needed a little extra time to end.
The No. 21 Sooners' men's basketball team finally made it to the WVU Coliseum on Wednesday night - about 88 minutes before tipoff - and then lost to the Mountaineers, 91-86, in overtime. West Virginia's win over a nationally ranked opponent is the program's first in 16 games, dating back to a 74-62 win here over Georgetown on Jan. 17, 2012. The Mountaineers had been 0-7 against Big 12 top 25 teams since joining the league last season.
"That honestly doesn't matter, RPI matters," WVU coach Bob Huggins said of ending the skid against ranked teams. "When they start looking at who's in and who's out, it's all about RPI. I don't think that is that big of a deal."
West Virginia (14-9, 6-4 Big 12) nearly squandered the opportunity to vanquish its 25-month struggles against the top 25. The Mountaineers led by 11 points, 43-32, at halftime and by 14 after Eron Harris opened the second half with a 3-pointer.
The Mountaineers, however, frittered away all of that cushion and then some in the second half. WVU led for 28 minutes and 51 seconds before OU's 6-foot-8 Ryan Spangler completed a 3-point play with 1:38 left of regulation to give the Sooners a 79-78 lead. OU hadn't held a lead since it was 17-16 in the first half.
After Spangler's layup and foul, Tyler Neal hit two free throws to give the Sooners an 81-78 lead with 1:18 left. Out of a timeout, Harris - who had a game-high 28 points, including 26 in the second half and overtime - drained a step-back 3-pointer from the right wing to tie it at 81-81 with 20.2 seconds left.
"Eron was terrific," Huggins said. "We were going to run something else when we were down by 3 ... we didn't get him as open as we wanted to get him. He made a hard shot. He made a hard, hard shot."
After the Sooners failed to hit the game-winner in regulation, they took their only lead in overtime on a basket from Jordan Woodard, who had a team-high 23 points. WVU outscored OU 10-3 after Woodard's basket, a run that included a pair of go-ahead 3-pointers by Harris.
Harris, a 6-3 sophomore, finished 10 of 18 from the field, 6 of 13 from beyond the arc and 2 for 2 at the foul to lead the Mountaineers to their third consecutive win and a share of third place in the Big 12.