MORGANTOWN W.Va- The Mountaineers led by as many as 24 points Wednesday night, in a dominant win where the Mountaineers topped the Iowa St. Cyclones 76-61.
The Mountaineers shot 59% from the field in the first half, on 16-27 shooting for a 41 point first-half output that set the tone for the entire game.
Oscar Tshiebwe led the Mountaineers in scoring and rebounding, tallying another double-double while finishing with sixteen points and ten rebounds.
“I always fight (for every rebound), said Tshiebwe. “Even if I know I might not get it, I still have to go for it.”
Emmitt Matthews Jr. led the scoring in the first half with twelve points and four rebounds, breaking out of a shooting slump to provide a spark for the Mountaineers.
Jermaine Haley, Derek Culver, and Chase Harler all had double-digit scoring nights for the Mountaineers as well.
In a dominant performance, the Mountainers proved too physical in the paint, outrebounding the Cyclones 46-28, but head coach Bob Huggins wasn’t pleased with the effort the team showed overall.
Huggins cited the turnovers, free-throw shooting, and lack of emotion as signs of not being prepared to play against the Cyclones.
“If you don’t pay attention to your girlfriend for a week, she may find someone else,” said Huggins. I think basketball is the same way. I think in basketball if you don’t pay attention to it then it will find someone else who will. That’s what happens if guys don’t come in the gym, then they won’t make shots.
With the win, the Mountaineers move to 18-4 (6-3) and up the all-time record against the Cyclones.
The Mountaineers will face the Oklahoma Sooners on the road Saturday afternoon in Norman.
The game will tip-off at 2:00, and will be broadcasted on ESPNU.