Aaric Murray had eight points -- all in the first 6:10 -- and Deniz Kilicli scored just three points. WVU's starting frontcourt combined for only 10 rebounds as the team was outrebounded 40-43, and 23-18 in the second half. The Sooners outscored WVU 15-8 in second-chance points.
"If we're not going to rebound it, why play those guys?" Huggins said. "I have a hard time with that, quite honestly, because my teams have always rebounded."
Henderson was the only WVU player to shoot 50 percent from the floor. He was 7-for-14 and 6-for-11 from 3-point range for 21 points. Henderson had 18 points and five 3s in the first half.
"Terry came out lights out," Hinds said. "He was shooting the ball real well. They couldn't stop him. They slowed him down a little bit in the second half. He could have been more aggressive and put it on the floor and tried to make plays, but it happens."
The Mountaineers shot 7-for-29 in the second half and 2-for-11 from 3-point range. They're shooting 39.7 percent from the floor this season -- and 17 teams shoot better from 3-point range.
Romero Osby had 21 points and nine rebounds, but did much of his damage in the second half with14 points and and seven rebounds. Steven Pledger added 12 points and a pair of late 3s to propel the Sooners. They shot 45.1 percent and had just three turnovers in the second half.
"A big key in the ballgame was that in the first 10 minutes we got second-chance opportunities and loose balls and in the middle portion of the game they did that," Oklahoma Coach Lon Kruger said. "They got the second shots and the loose balls and then the last few minutes it kind of swung back our way.
"I think a lot of times in conference games it comes down to 50-50 balls, the second shot opportunities and just getting that rebound when it is in your hands and valuing each possession."
WVU's first half hinted at trouble, despite some success. The Mountaineers attempted 19 3-pointers and made just two 2-point baskets, and those came nearly 15 minutes apart. Yet they overcame a six-point deficit to lead by as much at halftime, 35-29.
WVU was happy with outside shots from the start. Murray rolled in a 3 from up top to start the scoring and had two 3s before the first media timeout. Six of the 10 Mountaineers who played in the first half would try a 3 and four would make one.
The Sooners led 17-11 and were 8-for-16 from the floor in the middle of the first half when Henderson got going. His two 3s made it 19-17 and then Hinds followed with one to make it 21-20. After the Sooners scored, Henderson made one free throw and missed another, but hit a 3 to give the Mountaineers a 24-23 lead.
A free throw and a 3 from Oklahoma's Je'lon Hornbeak made it 27-24, but Henderson tied the score and then put WVU ahead with consecutive 3s. His reverse layup with six seconds to go in the half was his team's only points in the paint in the first half. The other 2-point basket, a tricky jumper on the move by Staten, gave WVU an 11-9 lead at the 14:45 mark.
WVU plays at Texas (8-6, 0-1) Wednesday. The Longhorns lost in overtime Saturday to Baylor.