AMES – West Virginia used a 12-5 run over the final three minutes to defeat Iowa State, 72-69, Monday night at Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones fall to 17-12 overall and 8-9 in Big 12 Conference play. West Virginia improves to 17-13 overall and 6-11 in league action.
How It Happened
Gabe Kalscheur scored 11 of ISU’s first 13 points as the Cyclones jumped out to a 13-11 lead heading into the under 12 timeout in the first half. Kalscheur was whistled for his third foul at the 10:21 mark of the first half with the Cyclones leading 15-13. ISU was outscored 22-12 the rest of the half and went into the break trailing, 35-27.
The Cyclones used a 7-0 run early in the second half to tie it at 41-41 with 15:10 remaining following a Jaren Holmes’ bucket. ISU’s run continued and another bucket from Holmes put the Cyclones up 58-51 with 8:40 left, but the Cyclones went cold down the stretch and were outscored 21-11.
Kalscheur got a layup to go with 3:51 left to put the Cyclones up 64-60 heading to the final media timeout with 3:38 remaining. Out of the break, West Virginia went on a 9-0 run to grab control of the game and the Mountaineers salted it away the rest of the way.
Kalscheur scored a season-high 26 points despite being in foul trouble much of the game. The senior connected on 5-of-8 behind the arc.
Holmes scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half.
West Virginia was led by Erik Stevenson’s 22 points.
– Iowa State finished the season 13-3 at Hilton Coliseum this season.
– ISU held WVU under its season average and now held every Big 12 opponent below its average.
– Tamin Lipsey had three steals to become the third freshman in program to reach 60 steals during their rookie campaign.
– Kalscheur hit five 3-pointers and has now made 102 in his Cyclone career.
Iowa State closes out the regular season Saturday at Baylor at 11 a.m.