Cyclones Run Mountaineers Out of Ames
|Field Goal %||43.3||62.1|
|Three Point %||34.6||55.6|
|Free Throw %||71.4||73.3|
The West Virginia Mountaineers (16-6 5-4) was blown out by the Iowa State Cyclones (12-9 3-6). This was the worst loss since the opener in Germany to Texas A&M.
Iowa State came out on fire hitting six of their first seven shots, and their only miss resulted in a put back by forward Cameron Lard. The would jump out to a 14-6 lead.
West Virginia guard Beetle Bolden would come into the game and hit a three to cut the lead to five before Iowa State would go on a 9-0 run. It was started off by an old fashioned three-point play by Solomon Young and capped off with back to back threes from Lindell Wigginton, extending their lead 23-9.
The Mountaineers would make a comeback going on a 18-4 run and tying the game up at 29 after a three from Jevon Carter.
The Cyclones would respond with another 9-0 run. Chase Harler would stop the run with a three cutting the Clone lead to six, 38-32, with 5:09 left in the first half.
Iowa State would take a ten-point lead into halftime 53-43 on 67% (20-30) from the field and 64% (7-11) from behind the arc. Donovan Jackson led the Cyclones with 17 points along with Lindell Wigginton’s 12.
West Virginia continued to leave Iowa State open and the press was ineffective, only forcing four turnovers. The Mountaineers got outrebounded 14-9.
The lone bright spot was Esa Ahmad led the Mountaineers in scoring with 11 points in his first game back as a starter.
The Mountaineers could not put a run together to get back into the game, in the second half, and it started on the defensive end. The Mountaineers could not get a stop and only turned the Cyclones over eight times.
Iowa State wouldn’t start to pull away till about five minutes left in the game and grew their lead to 18 points with 3:21 left to go in the game.
It was a lack of toughness throughout the game and it showed in the second half.
West Virginia allowed 43 points in the paint and allowed on of the worst rebounding teams in the conference to match them in rebounds (32).
Iowa State junior guard Donovan Jackson lit the Mountaineers up for 25 points. he went 8-14 from the field, 6-10 from three and had 7 assists. Jackson moved over to point guard for the injured starting point guard Nick Weiler-Babb.
Freshman forward had his way with a double-double, finishing the game with 18 points and 13 rebounds.
Guard Lindell Wigginton finished with 22 points and 5 assists.
Guard Solomon young that came into the game averaging 6.6 points per game finished with 14 points.
A team that’s known for their defense allowed 93 points and they did it with ease.
West Virginia hosts Kansas State this Saturday in Morgantown at 4:00 pm.