MORGANTOWN - A late surge from west Virginia isn't enough to gather a win, as Iowa State wins 83-74.
After being down by as much as 27 in the second half, the Mountaineers came back within four with just under a minute to play.
That was as close as Huggins' squad would get. The team went on to miss some shots, forcing them to foul Iowa State and ultimately lose the game.
"I think we played tougher," said Deniz Kilicli. "Everybody tended to quit this year after a while, but we were down and we came back."
It was Senior Day at the Coliseum, but that wasn't enough to lift the team in the regular season finale. Seniors Matt Humphrey, Dominique Rutledge, and Deniz Kilicli were all honored before the game.
That was the brightest moment in the Coliseum for Mountaineer fans all day. Immediately following the tip, the Cyclones jumped out to a 16-5 lead in under five minutes of play.
Iowa State came in as the highest scoring team in the Big 12 Conference, averaging 80 points per game. That's best for fourth in the nation, and the team proved their worth.
Will Clyburn played a big role in the charge for ISU. The leading scorer on the team managed 27 points today. At the end of the first half, he had five more points than all of the WVU starters combined.
In the second half, West Virginia (13-18, 6-12) showed some fight. After being down as much as 27, the team in gold railed off a 13-0 run. Jabarie Hinds led the team in total points with 19. 17 of those points came in the second half.
It was a surge unlike any other all season. The Mountaineers showed energy and emotion in their late route to make the game close. Something that has been missing the majority of the season.
"If we started the way we played in the second half, I think we could have beat them by 15," Kilicli said.
Iowa State had no problem putting the ball through the nylon. The team shot 57% from the field, and knocked down 14 three-point field goals. Korie Lucious was the second player who scored above 20, as he finished with 21.
West Virginia lost their final six games of the regular season before heading into the Big 12 tournament, which begins March 13. As of right now, the team sits in eighth place in the conference.
"I'm not done yet," said Mat Humphrey following the game. "The world just doesn't stop. You have to keep going."