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Game Recap: WVU vs. Iowa State

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MORGANTOWN - A late surge from the Mountaineers falls just short as the Cyclones come out on top, 69-67.

Shooting 9-for-11 from three point range in the late stages of the game put West Virginia in place to tie the game after trailing by as much as 18.

Jabarie Hinds would tie the game with 11.6 seconds remaining after the Mountaineers trailed by as much as 18 in the second half.

However, The Cyclones managed to score a lay up under the basket as Georges Niang put the Cyclones up by two for good.

"That was every bit a foul as the one they called on us against Kansas State," said head coach Bob Huggins.  "I don't care what they call, it just has to be consistent."

West Virginia (8-8, 1-3) has now dropped two conference games in a row, falling to eighth place in the Big 12 Conference.

West Virginia had the opportunity to knock off the 16-game home winning streak that the Cyclones have going.  It's currently the tenth longest streak in the nation.

The Mountaineers jumped out to an early lead to open the game.  Keeping the Cyclones scoreless through the first four minutes, WVU managed to have an eight point lead just minutes into the contest.

The three point shot would prove to be costly for both teams though, with the Cyclones taking advantage of it.  At one point, ISU had 18 of their 20 points coming from the three point shot.  The other two came on a reverse slam from Will Clyburn.

Eron Harris delivered the teams first made three just over nine minutes into the second half.  The team finished 37.5% from beyond the arc.

Iowa State built their lead in the second half.  The group went on a 18-4 run which turned out to be too big of a deficit for the Mountaineers to overcome.

"I'm done. I'm done (with the bigs)," said Huggins.  "It won't happen anymore. I'm just not gonna play them"

West Virginia wouldn't go down without a fight, however.  The squad went with a four guard lineup that paid off.  They would go on a 19-4 run and bring the game within just three points. 

The group would go 9-11 from three over the time period, despite starting 0-of-13 to start the game.

Harris and Hinds led the way in scoring for West Virginia.  Hinds had a game-high 20 points, and Harris wasn't far behind with 17 points from his own hands.  Both players added five rebounds. It was also a career high for Hinds.

Melvin Ejim led the way for the Cyclones by scoring 16 points, despite fouling out late in the second half.

"Refs want us to be consistent and our players to be consistent, but they have to be consistent in the way the whistle is blown," Huggins said.

Next up for the Mountaineers will be the Purdue Boilermakers this Saturday, at 2:00.

 

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