Iowa State upsets No. 15 WVU

Iowa State upsets No. 15 WVU

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Iowa State upsets No. 15 WVU

Jan 31, 2018; Ames, IA, USA; West Virginia University Mountaineer guard Jevon Carter (2) drives the ball past Iowa State University Cyclone guard Lindell Wigginton (5) at James H. Hilton Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Rachel Mummey-USA TODAY Sports

Ames, Iowa–Donovan Jackson scored 25 points as Iowa State pummeled No. 15 West Virginia 93-77 on Wednesday night.

Lindell Wigginton tallied 22 points. Cameron Lard added 18 and Solomon Young had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Cyclones (12-9, 3-6 Big 12).

The Mountaineers  (16-6, 5-4) suffered their largest defeat since the season opener to Texas A&M.

Jevon Carter had 18 points. Esa Ahmad and Sagaba Konate both added 17. WVU was without Daxter Miles Jr. (illness).

Wigginton’s 3-pointer with 12:58 left in the first gave Iowa State a 23-9 lead. The Cyclones made their first 10-of-13 shots and the Mountaineers never regrouped.

WVU forced eight turnovers and had just two steals. The Mountaineers’ defense was atrocious the entire game.

“If we ever had any pride in our defense, we don’t have any now,” head coach Bob Huggins said.

Iowa State dominated in the paint, shot wide-open shots and out hustled WVU.

Jan 31, 2018; Ames, IA, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers forward Esa Ahmad (23) shoots against the Iowa State Cyclones at James H. Hilton Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Rachel Mummey-USA TODAY Sports

“These guys have single handily destroyed Press Virginia,” Huggins said. “We can’t press anybody.”

The Mountaineers continue to struggle in transition.

“Then we don’t get back,” Huggins said. “Our transition defense is as bad as any team I have ever had. We come out of the huddle – and I’ve never had that in 40 years – and we have guys not in the right position. I’ve never had that in 40 years.”

WVU has lost five of its last six games.

The Cyclones shot 62 percent from the floor, 56 percent from beyond the arc and 73 percent from the free throw line.

The Mountaineers shot 43 percent from the field and made 9-of-26 from 3-point range.

WVU returns home to take on Kansas State on Saturday at 4 p.m.

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