Iowa State Sends WVU To Its Third Straight Loss
West Virginia went to Iowa State Wednesday night looking to right the ship. Instead it took on even more water, suffering a 93-77 loss to the Cyclones in Ames.
It was WVU’s third straight loss and its fifth in the past six games. The Mountaineers, who were ranked No. 2 in the country just a few weeks ago with a 15-1 overall record, fell to 16-5. It is also 5-4 in Big 12 action. Iowa State improved to 12-9 overall and 3-6 in league action.
WVU played the game without senior guard Daxter Miles, who did not make the trip to Iowa State because he was suffering from the flu. Another usual WVU starter, Wes Harris, also was ill with the flu. He did see some time Wednesday, but he was limited to just five minutes of action.
Whoever was in the lineup, West Virginia never could slow down the ISU offense. The Cyclones got 25 points from Donovan Jackson and 22 from Lindell Wigginton. Three Mountaineers wound up in double figures, Sagaba Konate and Esa Ahmad had 17, while Jevon Carter scored 18.
After falling behind by 14 points midway through the first half, West Virginia came storming back with an 18-4 run to knot the contest at 29-29 with 7:35 remaining in the opening period. But just when it appeared the Mountaineers had momentum, the Cyclones started slicing up WVU’s defense again. The home club outscored West Virginia 24-14 over the remainder of the first half to take a 53-43 lead into the lockerroom. It was the most points WVU had given up in any half this season, as Iowa State made 20-of-30 field goal attempts and only had four turnovers.
The Mountaineers never was able to make a real charge at the Cyclones in the second half. WVU didn’t get any closer than eight points in the final period, and a late 14-3 ISU run put the game out of reach.
West Virginia returns home for its next game. It will host Kansas State (16-6/5-4) Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m.