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WVU Fights Hard In Comeback At Iowa State

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MORGANTOWN -

Many of you probably turned off the television and decided West Virginia already lost to Iowa State when the Mountaineers trailed by 18 points with 9:04 remaining in the game. If you did, you missed the best part of this game.

As it did at Texas one week earlier, WVU rallied and made it a fantastic finish. West Virginia started the game 0-12 from behind the arc, but turned that number around and went 9-12 from three-point range the rest of the way to tie it up with 11 seconds remaining.

Iowa State got an easy layup from Georges Niang with 2.5 seconds left to win it. However, WVU tried to get the ball up the floor. Eron Harris was knocked down at halfcourt. There was no whistle blown and the game ended.

"That was every bit as much of a foul as the one they called on us in the Kansas State game," Huggins said on the MSN postgame radio show. "I think that is more than fair to say."

Huggins was referring to the foul called on WVU in the final seconds of the game four days earlier that allowed Kansas State to get a lead and win the game.

WVU fought hard to overcome an 18-point deficit just to lose it in the final seconds of the game.

"I'm proud of our guys," Huggins stated.

Freshman Guard Terry Henderson has been a starter of late for the Mountaineers. He remained in Morgantown and did not make the trip with a lower back injury. His status for Saturday's game at Purdue remains unknown.

Couple Henderson's absence with an ankle injury to Gary Browne in the first half and Huggins needed to rely on his bench. Browne did not return in the game and his status for Saturday's game is also unknown.

Huggins played a total of 11 players against Iowa State. Throughout most of the comeback, Huggins had a smaller lineup on the floor consisting of Jabarie Hinds, Matt Humphrey, Juwan Staten, Eron Harris and a rotation of bigs.

"We keep trusting guys and we keep playing guys and we can't play them," Huggins said. "The truth of the matter is the team was built to play in the Big East where you got big physical people and this is not a big physical league. Everybody is playing smaller, quicker guys. We're going to have to go small and take our chances because playing with those big guys has not worked."

West Virginia lost its last two games by a combined total of three points. WVU fell to 8-8 overall and 1-3 in the Big 12. West Virginia returns to action Saturday at Purdue followed by a home game against TCU next Wednesday.

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