Mountaineers Blow Past The Cyclones
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia jumped out to an early lead and never looked back in defeating Iowa State, 76-61, Wednesday night at the WVU Coliseum.
The Mountaineers, who are ranked No. 13 this week, led wire to wire in improving to 18-4 overall and 6-3 in Big 12 Conference action. Meanwhile ISU dropped to 9-13 overall and 2-7 in the league.
WVU got off to a strong start, as Emmitt Matthews regained his shooting stroke. The sophomore forward hadn’t reached double figures in scoring department in the last 10 games, but he had 12 points in the opening half Saturday, hitting a couple three-pointers in four tries in that time frame. He had been just 2-of-17 from beyond the arc dating back to mid-December.
Led by Matthews and a 10-point half by Oscar Tshiebwe, the Mountaineers opened a lead as large as 19 and took a 41-27 advantage into the locker room at halftime.
West Virginia kept the push going in the second half and the visitors never were able to challenge.
WVU takes to the road for its next games, as it faces Oklahoma (14-8/4-5) for the first time this season. Saturday’s meeting in Norman tips off at 2 p.m. (Eastern) and will be televised by ESPNU,