Cyclones storm past WVU men’s basketball team 198

AMES, Iowa — Donovan Jackson scored 25 points, Lindell Wigginton added 22 and Iowa State upset 15th-ranked WVU, 93-77, on Jan. 31, sending the short-handed Mountaineers to their fifth loss in six games.

Cameron Lard scored 18 points with 13 rebounds for the Cyclones (12-9, 3-6 Big 12). They took advantage of the absence of WVU’s Daxter Miles Jr. (illness) by handing the Mountaineers (16-6, 5-4) their biggest defeat since a 23-point blowout at the hands of Texas A&M in the opener.

The Cyclones had WVU playing catch-up from the opening tip.

The Mountaineers caught them just once — but were never able to overtake them.

The Mountaineers fell behind 25-11 after allowing Iowa State to hit 10 of its first 13 shots. The Mountaineers rallied with an 18-4 run, but the Cyclones answered with a 24-11 spurt and went back ahead 53-40.

Iowa State continued its torrid shooting in the second half. Jackson’s fifth 3 gave it a 74-60 lead, and Wigginton’s drive at the end of the shot clock made it 84-70 with 4:38 left.

The Cyclones committed just eight turnovers against the league’s leader in turnover margin despite missing point guard Nick Weiler-Babb to knee tendinitis.

Jevon Carter scored 18 points and Esa Ahmad and Sagaba Konate each had 17 for the Mountaineers.

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