MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–Jermaine Haley scored a career-high 28 points as West Virginia pummeled Iowa State 90-75 on Wednesday night at the Coliseum.
“(Assistant coach) Erik (Martin) did the scouting report, and (he) did a great job with it,” head coach Bob Huggins said. “He kept emphasizing to them in practice that he thought if we pushed the ball, we could score in transition. Jermaine did a great job pushing the ball.”
Jordan McCabe chipped in 18 points for the Mountaineers ((12-18, 4-13 Big 12). Derek Culver and Lamont West both notched double-doubles. Culver had 15 points and 11 rebounds while West had 12 points and 12 boards.
Haley and McCabe powered the red-hot shooting frenzy in the first half with eight 3s.
The two teams battled back-and-forth the first few minutes before WVU used a 12-0 run to take control.
Lindell Wigginton led the Cyclones (20-10, 9-8) with 17 points. Tyrese Haliburton tallied 12 points. Talen Horton-Tucker had 11 points and Nick Weiler-Babb 10.
While making shots was important for the Mountaineers, rebounding was clutch. WVU outrebounded Iowa State 44-34.
“Honestly, in all the years I’ve been doing it, I think that has been the key,” Huggins said. “It’s about getting more possessions. I think the turnovers were even, so we got 10 more possessions. That’s what you try to do. That’s what we try to do with the press is just get more possessions.”
The Mountaineers shot 48 percent from the floor, 41 percent from beyond the arc and 71 percent from the free throw line.
The Cyclones shot 44 percent from the floor, 29 percent from 3-point range and 60 percent from the line.
WVU finishes the regular season at Oklahoma State on Saturday.
Cover Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS