Remi Dibo scored a season high 20 points and Juwan Staten was just short of a triple double with 19 points, nine assists, and seven rebounds to help West Virginia dominate the Iowa State Cyclones and deliver their most lopsided loss of the season in Morgantown Monday night at the coliseum. Terry Henderson and Eron Harris each contributed 16 points in the win.
"We just stuck to the game plan," Dibo said. "I think my teammates did a great job of finding me. It's been a while, but today I finally responded."
The Mountaineers (15-10, 7-5 in conference play) have now won 2 of their last three games against ranked opponents, with this game taking the title for their largest margin of victory over a Big 12 team since joining the conference. It was also the most points scored by a Mountaineer team since 2005 in the NCAA tournament.
Everything was clicking offensively for the Mountaineers, especially from behind the arc, tying a season high 13 three pointers. Terry Henderson and Nathan Adrian got the confidence early after making several shots. As a team the Mountaineers shot 50% from the field (20-40) in the first half, as well as 53.8% from three-point range.
This is the best we have looked all season, said head coach Bob Huggins." We had these same shots against Kansas we just didn't make them, today we made them."
Melvin Ejim was held to 6 points and just one field goal following his 48-point, Big 12 record-breaking performance for the Cyclones. Iowa State (18-5, 6-5) had five players in double digits, lead by George Niang's 17 points.
"It was pretty much start to finish, just a poor effort on our end," Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg said. Iowa State shot just 36.6 percent overall, including only 17.4 percent from three-point range.
DeAndre Kane from Pittsburgh also struggled tonight finding his shooting stroke, "airballing" on a free throw and hearing the wrath of the Mountaineer Maniacs student section the rest of the game.
West Virginia shot 54 percent from the field (35 of 65), 59.1 percent from behind the arc, and 90.5 percent from the free throw line.
"This helps us," said Huggins. "This is a huge step to get us back RPI-wise where we're supposed to be and get us back into the national conversation. But it's not over with. We've got to go play Texas and do a much better job than what we did the first time we played them."
After the game West Virginia's players went to join the Mountaineer mascot in the student section to celebrate.
Saturday's game at Texas will tip off at 8pm be televised on the Longhorn Network.