MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–Jevon Carter tallied 24 points and grabbed seven boards as No. 21 WVU defeated Iowa State 85-70 on Saturday night in front of a sold out Coliseum.
With 15:59 remaining in the first half, Carter picked up his first assist of the game and became the first player in Power Five conference history to get 1500 points, 500 assists, 500 rebounds and 300 steals.
“He has put in an enormous amount of work and I know I keep saying that but he really has put in an enormous amount of work,” head coach Bob Huggins said. “It’s really good to see a guy who works that hard to be rewarded for it.”
Esa Ahmad notched his second career double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds.
“We had a talk before the Baylor game about him being more active,” Huggins said of Ahmad. “He should be and he’s probably making himself here of late, he should be the best offensive 3-man in the league. He’s big, he’s strong, he has great hands.”
Sagaba Konate and Daxter Miles Jr. each add 14 points.
Lindell Wigginton scored 29 points for the Cyclones. Terrence Lewis had 12 points and Jeff Beverly 11.
Due to injury and illness and the death of guard Donovan Jackson’s father, Iowa State (13-15, 4-12 Big 12) only played with seven players.
“I thought it was probably our best game from the standpoint of the least amount of riding a roller coaster of emotions and frustrations,” head coach Steve Prohm said.
The Mountaineers (21-8, 10-6) outrebounded the Cyclones 47-27.
WVU struggled with Iowa State early in the game. Cameron Lard made a free throw with 3:39 left in the first to tie the game 28-28. However, the Mountaineers used an 11-2 run to take a 39-30 lead at the half.
In the second half, WVU failed to score for nearly three minutes but Konate fueled an 8-2 run that gave the Mountaineers 47-32 lead and they never looked back.
WVU shot 45 percent from the floor, 28 percent from the beyond the arc and 87percent from the charity stripe.
Iowa State shot 43 percent from the field 41 percent from the 3-point range and 59 percent from the line.
The Mountaineers host Texas Tech on Monday at 9 p.m. for Senior Night.