GAME PREVIEW: WVU MEN at IOWA STATE - WVU Football, WVU Basketball, News - Mountaineer Sports


Morgan Farr, MORGANTOWN -

West Virginia (15-12, 7-7) travels to Ames, Iowa to face 15th ranked Iowa State at the Hilton Coliseum on Wednesday. Sixteen days ago in Morgantown, the Mountaineers defeated the Cyclones 102-77, behind a season high 22 points from forward Remi Dibo.

Iowa State leads the series at 2 games to 1 and tip off is set for 8p.m. The game will be televised on the Big 12 Network.

The Cyclones (21-5) improved to 9-5 in the conference after a 71-60 victory over TCU on Saturday.  Senior forward DeAndre Kane scored a game high 20 points to go along with 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Sophomore Georges Nianj had 19 points and 8 boards, while senior Melvin Ejiim added 14 points.

Iowa State outshot the Horned Frogs from the field 48.3 percent to 36.7 percent, but struggled from outside the arc, connecting on 1 of 11 to TCU's 3 of 12. The Cyclones also finished with a slight 38-35 advantage on the boards and converted 12 of 17 from the free throw line.

On the season, Iowa State is averaging 83.6 ppg on 47.3 percent shooting. Ejiim leads the team with 18.9 ppg.

West Virginia has now dropped to 7-7 in the conference and is on a two game loosing skid after falling to Baylor Saturday 88-75 in Morgantown. 

"Good students they don't just go to class, they actually go home and study, if you want to be a good player that's what you got to do," said head coach Bob Huggins. "How in the hell are you going to give up 88 points and think you guarded someone? How are you going to give up 38 points in the paint and think you guarded a lot?"

Royce O'Neal had a career-high 22 points and made all 8 field goal attempts in Morgantown after averaging just 6 points a game prior to this game.

The Mountaineers are 15-4 this season when scoring 20 or more points in the paint (0-8 when they don't). That was the difference in the Baylor game.

"We didn't stop them at all," said West Virginia coach Bob Huggins. "You can't let them go down and score at will, which we did."

Overall, West Virginia made 22 of 55 from the floor for 40 percent while Baylor ended the game hitting 54.2 percent of its field goal attempts.

Sophomore guard Eron Harris had a game high 32 points, while it was just another day at the office for point guard Juwan Staten with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Through 27 games, the Mountaineers are averaging 78.9 ppg on 44.6 percent shooting.

Terry Henderson has posted double-figure point totals in 11 of his last 14 outings but will miss Wednesday's game due to illness for the second game in a row. Its safe to say the Mountaineers struggled offensively on Saturday at home vs. Baylor without him.

Eron Harris (18.1) and Staten (18.0) are second and third, respectively, in scoring in the Big 12.

The two guards along with Nathan Adrian and Gary Browne will all need to produce big numbers offensively and defensively in order for the Mountaineers to pull away with the upset and keep their NCAA tournament hopes alive.

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