NORMAN, Okla. -- Terry Henderson jumped off the bench Saturday, made six 3-pointers and scored 20 points for West Virginia in a loss where another 26 points from Henderson would have only tied the final score.
It was Henderson's third 20-point game of the season, which is a nice number for a true freshman who missed games and was then limited because of a back bruise.
It was also the seventh time a WVU player has scored 20 points in a game this season. Not this calendar year. Not in Big 12 games. In all the games played in the 2012-13 season.
"We're the type of team that doesn't have that standout superstar you can throw the ball to to get a bucket," Henderson said.
As a result, WVU ranks No. 308 out of 345 Division I teams in field-goal shooting (40 percent) and No. 302 in 3-point shooting (30.6 percent). Those are the biggest explanations for the biggest problem: The Mountaineers don't score.
"In today's game," Coach Bob Huggins said, "if you can score the ball, you've got a chance."
WVU averages 65.6 points per game with a 13-16 record. In Big 12 play, where the record is 6-10, the Mountaineers average 2.5 fewer points per game. The Big 12 has four of the top 63 and five of the top 90 scoring offenses in the country.
WVU is the eighth-best scoring team in the Big 12.
"When you're in a so-called power conference, you can't have a bad day," Huggins said. "If you have a bad day, you lose."
Oklahoma (19-9, 10-6), which plays host to the Mountaineers tonight at 9 p.m. on ESPN2, is No. 90 nationally and averages 71 points per game. The Sooners are actually better in Big 12 play and average 73.4 per game, the second-best total in league games. Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas are the only teams scoring better in conference play than in non-conference play, but Oklahoma's differential is the largest.
A year ago, WVU ranked No. 94 and averaged 71.1 points per game despite the worst 3-point shooting in school history (29.8) and just 43.8 percent shooting overall. The Mountaineers scored 67.8 points in Big East games and the Big East was a much better defensive conference with five of the top 43 scoring defenses.
"I'm not trying to say this as a negative, but if you look at it, the sophomores are all shooting the ball 10 to 12 percentage points lower than what they shot it a year ago as freshmen," Huggins said. "We didn't get the impact we were hoping we would get from the transfers. And, obviously, things happen - Matt Humphrey has surgery two weeks before practice starts when he wasn't here all summer. That certainly has an effect."