The Mountaineers from West Virginia traveled into the tundra of Ames, Iowa to take on the rolling Clones. Iowa State ran them out of the gym, 93-68. West Virginia has been at the bottom of the Big 12 for the better part of the year, so clearly this isn’t the same team we’ve been used to.
Like most Iowa State games, this one started out sloppy. Marial Shayok started the game out with a quick 8 points and Esa Ahmad had 6 points early as both teams traded blows. At the ten minute mark, West Virginia led 18-17. However, Iowa State had a 10-0 run that gave them a cushion.
The second part of the first half was all Cyclones, and more specifically, all Lindell Wigginton. He had 13 points at the break and was a huge reason for the 45-28 lead.
Iowa State started off the second half kind of slow. West Virginia battled their way back and got the lead down to 10, but the lack of threats on offense prevented from the Mountaineers getting any closer.
Lindell Wigginton played his best game of the season and helped seal the game down the stretch for the Cyclones, he had 27 points on 7-11 shooting.
Marial Shayok had a quiet 19 points on 8-12 shooting. Nick Weiler-Babb was solid with a line of 14-6-3. No other Cyclone scored in double figures, but everyone played really well.
Iowa State continued their hot shooting at 53.6% from the field. They also made 29-32 free throws which is unheard of. The Cyclones continued to share the ball with 18 assists to just 12 turnovers. A pesky defensive performance of 12 steals and 4 blocks held West Virginia to just 68 points.
Iowa State will continue to ride their hot streak against Texas in Ames on Saturday.