Clark goes out with a bang

OU forward Cameron Clark

OU senior Cam Clark made sure his final home game would be a memorable one in OU's 72-62 victory.

NORMAN, Okla. – With it being his final home game, there was no doubt Oklahoma senior forward Cameron Clark was going to try to give the fans one more solid outing.

He did that and then some in helping lead the Sooners on a night where they clearly weren't at their best. Clark scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in OU's 72-62 win against West Virginia on Wednesday night in the final home game of the season.

The win puts OU 22-8 overall and 11-6 in the conference with the possibility of being the No. 2 seed in next week's Big 12 conference tournament still a realistic option.

It stayed that way because of a strong first half by Clark, especially early when OU wasn't clicking on all cylinders. Sophomore guards Buddy Hield and Isaiah Cousins, who have been so crucial to the team's success this season, only had one combined point in the first half.

The Sooners were able to take a 33-28 lead into halftime and after trailing 43-40 midway through the second half, OU and Hield woke up.

Hield connected on four 3-pointers in a six-minute span as OU used a 23-7 run to earn its largest lead of the game and make sure it was a fitting farewell for Clark and fellow senior Tyler Neal.

Hield finished with 13 points, while OU got another quality outing from sophomore guard Je'lon Hornbeak off the bench. He scored 11 points, grabbed five rebounds, dished out three assists and had two steals in 22 minutes.

OU had a tough time containing West Virginia guard Juwan Staten, who scored 24 points. But the Sooners slowed down Eron Harris. He had 28 points in the Mountaineers' win against OU last month and was limited to just five points Wednesday.

The Sooners close out the regular season Saturday afternoon at TCU. With a win, OU would clinch the second seed in the conference tournament no matter what happens if the other schools are tied with conference records.

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