Thursday, October 27, 2016

No.10 WVU looks to bounce back when No. 13 Iowa State comes to town

Tarik Phillip (12) and Jaysean Paige (5) celebrate a play against Oklahoma on Saturday, February 20, 2016. (Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS)

Tarik Phillip (12) and Jaysean Paige (5) celebrate a play against Oklahoma on Saturday, February 20, 2016.
(Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS)

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–The 10th-ranked West Virginia Mountaineers look to snap a two-game losing streak when the 13th-ranked Iowa State Cyclones come to town on Monday.

WVU (20-7, 9-5 Big 12) has lost three of its last four games, including a 76-62 loss to No.3 Oklahoma on Saturday.

The Sooners outmuscled the Mountaineers on the glass with a 48-37 advantage.

Oklahoma grabbed 18 boards on the offensive glass, which the Sooners turned into 16 second chance points.

WVU turned the ball over 12 times in the loss while forcing a season-low nine turnovers.

Poor shooting also played a role in the Mountaineers demise. They shot 33 percent from the field.

WVU was without Daxter Miles Jr. for a second straight game. The sophomore guard suffered a hamstring injury a week earlier when the Mountaineers beat TCU.

Senior guard Jaysean Paige played against Oklahoma, but the ankle sprain appeared to hamper him.

“Jaysean obviously wasn’t 100 percent,” head coach Bob Huggins said. “I give him credit for trying, but he wasn’t the Jaysean Paige. He didn’t explode at the rim the way he has been doing.”

The loss of Miles and Paige’s injury has limited the depth of WVU’s bench, which the Mountaineers had considered its strength.

Paige is WVU’s leading scorer, averaging 13.4 points per game. The senior guard scored 13 points against the Sooners on 4-of-16 shooting.

Devin Williams is right behind page, averaging 13.3 points and 8.9 rebounds. The junior forward leads the Big 12 with 12 double-doubles.

Tarik Phillip has been red-hot his last two games, averaging 18 points in both performances.

Iowa State (19-8, 8-6) is coming off a 92-83 victory over TCU on Saturday. Georges Niang had 27 points. Abdel Nader had 24 points and Denote Burton added 23.

Niang is leading the Cyclones with 19.7 points per game, which is second among Big 12 players.

Iowa State had three players score 20 or more points in the last two games.

Nader has been playing well of late. He made five 3-pointers and had three assists and two blocks against the Horned Frogs and the senior forwards is averaging 25.5 points and shooting 67.7 percent from the field

Burton is averaging 15.6 points and shooting 55.2 percent from the floor while starting over the last five games.

Monté Morris has dished out 11 assists in back-to-back games and Iowa State has hit 11 threes in the last two games.

WVU's Jevon Carter guards Oklahoma's Buddy Hield (24) (Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS)

WVU’s Jevon Carter and Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield (24)
(Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS)

The Mountaineers came from behind to beat the Cyclones at Hilton Coliseum on Feb. 2. WVU outrebounded Iowa State by 17 and had 17 offensive boards with 18 second chance points.

Paige tallied 23 points the last time the two teams met and Williams had 17 points and 18 rebounds as WVU shot 48.4 percent and owned a 43-26 advantage on the glass.

Iowa State leads the series 5-2. The Mountaineers other win came on Feb. 10, 2014 when WVU topped the Cyclones 102-77 at the Coliseum.

Iowa State is 4-5 on the road this season and the Mountaineers are 11-2 at home this season

Tipoff is at 9 p.m. (ET) and the game can be seen on ESPN.



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