FINAL: West Virginia defeats Iowa State, 77-71

WVU Basketball

West Virginia men’s basketball is in Ames, Iowa for a Big 12 matchup with Iowa State. The Mountaineers first met the Cyclones in a February game which saw WVU win 76-61 behind four double-digit scorers.

This live game log will have updates on the action at the Hilton Coliseum, so check back as the game unfolds.

2nd half:

FINAL: West Virginia holds on to take the victory, 77-71.

1:15 (WVU 72, ISU 67): Iowa State is doing what they can to find points, most recently getting a score from Rasir Bolton — their struggle lies on the other end, as they can’t seem to prevent WVU from scoring to cut their deficit.

2:47 (WVU 70, ISU 60): Another 5 straight for West Virginia forces Prohm to call his final timeout of the night. The Mountaineers have been able to force 3 turnovers over the last 4 minutes, which is giving them prime scoring opportunities to capitalize on.

3:45 (WVU 65, ISU 60): West Virginia scores 5 straight points to build back part of their lead, but a quick turnover gives Iowa State to break their scoring drought of 2 minutes and 41 seconds. Despite the run, WVU has only made 27.3 percent of their field goals (while, interestingly enough, making 10 of their 12 free throws so far).

7:57 (WVU 57, ISU 56): The Mountaineers have clawed back to take the advantage, and the offense is working much better now behind the effort of Oscar Tshiebwe and Deuce McBride, who have scored WVU’s last 11 points. The lead finally swung after a three-pointer from McBride, but Tshiebwe has been playing tough to get to the line and is a perfect 4-for-4 from the stripe.

11:32 (WVU 48, ISU 51): Prentiss Nixon nails a three-pointer to give ISU their first lead since the 9:09 mark of the first half. This is also their biggest lead of the game so far, and it may grow if the WVU offense stays at its current rate — the Mountaineers have made 1 of their 8 second-half shots.

12:37 (WVU 48, ISU 48): The Mountaineers get their first points of the half from the free throw line before a jumper from McBride, but the Cyclones tie it up soon after. The Cyclone run is now up to 17-4 for the half.

14:55 (WVU 44, ISU 40): Prohm calls timeout after his team seems to have cooled right back off after their hot start. Neither team has been able to score since the 17:33 mark, while WVU hasn’t scored yet all half.

15:47 (WVU 44, ISU 40): The Mountaineer offense so far in the half has consisted completely of settling for jumpshots. Deuce McBride and Jordan McCabe have both missed a two- and three-pointer, while their other three possessions have ended in turnovers.

17:31 (WVU 44, ISU 40): Iowa State bursts for a 7-0 run right out of the locker room, taking their deficit down to 4 points. Bob Huggins calls timeout to stop the bleeding.

1st half:

HALF – West Virginia 44, Iowa State 31: Derek Culver gets another layup to go in the final seconds to put his scoring total at a game-high 14 points. WVU shoots 55.6 percent for the half as they cruise to a halftime advantage.

:29 (WVU 42, ISU 31): WVU has hit 5 straight buckets and have the last possession of the half as Bob Huggins calls a timeout to draw something up. The Mountaineers are cruising this half at a 57.1-percent make rate.

3:47 (WVU 33, ISU 25): Taz Sherman is hot, leading WVU with 8 points alongside Derek Culver after nailing two three-pointers in a row. The Mountaineers are shooting over 50 percent and are really clicking offensively, while also keeping points off the board on the defensive end.

6:58 (WVU 26, ISU 19): West Virginia catapults to a 9-0 to take their first significant advantage of the game so far, capped off by the Mountaineers’ second three-pointer of the game from Taz Sherman. Deuce McBride and Derek Culver lead WVU with 6 points each. ISU’s Tre Jackson also leads his squad with 6 points, but the Cyclones haven’t found net in five tries, a drought lasting over 3 minutes so far.

11:36 (WVU 15, ISU 15): While the Mountaineers pound it inside, Iowa State is making them from deep. 9 of the Cyclones’ points are from beyond the arc, while 10 of WVU’s are from the paint. The Mountaineers have found a slump, though — they’ve missed 7 of their last 8 attempts, with four of those tries coming from close range.

14:17 (WVU 13, ISU 12): This is the offense that Bob Huggins has been looking for all this time. Jordan McCabe emerges as the early scoring leader after he drills a three-pointer, but the big men are getting involved as well. A scoring slump has the squad at 50 percent so far after 12 attempts. Unfortunately for WVU, Iowa State is shooting a little better from deep, keeping them within a point.

19:16 (WVU 4, ISU 0): The Mountaineers force Steve Prohm to call his first timeout within a minute after they get a pair of quick inside buckets from their guards, Jermaine Haley and Jordan McCabe. Iowa State missed their first shot on the other end, with the rebound going to Oscar Tshiebwe.

WVU starters:

  • Jordan McCabe
  • Jermaine Haley
  • Emmitt Matthews Jr.
  • Derek Culver
  • Oscar Tshiebwe

ISU starters:

  • Tre Jackson
  • Prentiss Nixon
  • Rasir Bolton
  • Michael Jacobson
  • Solomon Young

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