|Field Goal %||42.9||45.5|
|Three Point %||40.9||27.8|
|Free Throw %||59.1||87.0|
The #21 West Virginia Mountaineers (21-8 10-6) got their revenge in Morgantown against the Iowa State Cyclones (13-15 4-12) 85-70 Saturday evening.
Iowa State came in with just seven available players due to injuries and a death in the family, but it did not sop them from playing a solid game. “I thought Iowa State was terrific for being down on numbers the way the were.” Said West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins.
The Mountaineers started the game off going 0-3 from the field and 0-2 from three-point range but forward Sagaba Konate would start the scoring for West Virginia with a jump shot just inside the top of the key.
Konate would get his defense going with a block and would follow it up with a dunk to give West Virginia their first lead of the game 4-3.
West Virginia guard Jevon Carter got his 500th career assist after finding Esa Ahmad on the wing for a three and gave West Virginia a 7-5 lead. “We’re really proud of him. He has put in an enormous amount if work in, and I know I keep saying that, but he really has put in an enormous amount of work. It’s really good to see a guy who works that hard to be rewarded for it.” Said Huggins.
After a three pointer by Mountaineer guard Daxter Miles Jr to give West Virginia the 15-14 lead, Iowa State responded with five straight taking a 19-15 lead and West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins would take a thirty second timeout.
The Mountaineers came out of the timeout and went on a 13-2 run in just over four minutes of play.
Iowa State scored seven straight points to tie the game up at 28 led by back to back three pointers from guards Terrence Williams and Lindell Wigginton with 3:20 left in the half.
West Virginia ended the half on a 11-2 run and took a 39-30 lead into halftime.
Wigginton lead all scorers with 12 points in the first half. The Cyclones shot 37% (10-27) from the field but was keeping them within striking distance was shooting 45% (5-11) from behind the arc.
Seven different Mountaineers scored in the first half and Esa Ahmad led the way with 11 points and eight rebounds, while Jevon Carter hand 10 points and two assists.
The Mountaineers had the nine-point lead behind 16-35 (45.7%) shooting from the field and outrebounding the Cyclones 23-16.
West Virginia started off the second half on an 8-2 run building their lead to 15 in the first five minutes.
West Virginia never could pull away from the Cyclones till late in the second half and most of that had to do with Lendell Wigginton’s 17 points to keep the Cyclones within striking distance.
Jevon Carter would respond with a big second half himself with 14 points that came when the Mountaineers needed a basket to keep their double-digit lead.
A three pointer by Carter followed up with a layup by Sags would put the Mountaineers up by 21 with 2:21 left to go in the game was the final nails in the coffin.
Sags was one rebound short of a double-double finishing the game with 14 points and 9 rebounds. He had another big game on the defensive end with six blocks.
Esa Ahmad finished the game with 18 points and 11 rebounds. “We talked to him before the Baylor game about being more active. He should be and he’s probably making himself here of late.” Said Huggins. “He’s big, he’s strong, he has great hands.”
West Virginia will host Texas Tech on Monday night at 9:00 pm Est.