MORGANTOWN, WV – It was a bad night right from the tip-off for Fred Hoiberg’s Iowa State Cyclones monday night in West Virginia, losing to the Mountaineers by a lopsided score of 102-77.
Fresh off a 48-point game, Melvin Ejim could manage just one field goal in 9 tries and finished with 6 points. Dustin Hogue scored 15 and pulled down 10 boards, while DeAndre Kane scored 14 points with 6 boards.
Remi Dibo scored a season-high 20 points and Juwan Staten turned in a strong game with 19 points, nine assists and seven rebounds to lead West Virginia.
Hot three point shooting by the Mountaineers was the difference, as they built a double-digit lead that 11th ranked Iowa State could not diminish. “Obviously we made shots,” said West Virginia coach Bob Huggins. “And when we went to the matchup (zone) I think it kind of took their rhythm away. I think they’re very much a rhythm team.”
West Virginia lead by as many as 21 in the first half and took a 52-33 lead into halftime.
The Mountaineers poured it on in the second half, getting a 3 from Remi Dibo as their lead swelled to as many as 32 with 6:55 remaining.
Iowa State falls to 18-5 on the season and 6-5 in Big 12 Conference play.