Thursday, October 27, 2016

West Virginia falls to No. 14 Iowa State on the road

Photo Credit: Kelsie VanderWijst

Photo Credit: Kelsie VanderWijst

Monte Morris scored 19 points and No. 14 Iowa State topples No. 21 West Virginia 79-59 on Saturday.

Abdel Nadar added 16 points off the bench for the Cyclones, who remain unbeaten at home this year. Georges Niang had 11 points and Jameel McKay 12.

Juwan Staten led the Mountaineers with 16 points and seven assists. The senior guard is just the sixth West Virginia player to have 1,000 points, 350 rebounds, 400 assists and 100 steals while wearing the  old gold and blue.

West Virginia managed to keep the game within reach for the first half, but Iowa State blew it open with a 14-2 run to start the second half.

Morris knocked down back-to-back three-pointers to give the Cyclones a 50-34 lead.

Nathan Adrian ended Iowa State’s run when he made a shot from beyond-the-arc to cut the Cyclones lead to 50-37 with 12:58 left.

Walk-on Chase Connor came off the bench a knocked down a huge three to cut the deficit to 10 with 8:42 to play.

Connor made two more shots from beyond-the-arc to keep the Mountaineers’ hopes alive, but Morris continued to hit them too.

Connor matched a career-high with nine points.

West Virginia was unable to string together a significant run in the second half. The Cyclones had an answer for every point the Mountaineers made.

West Virginia trailed 36-32 at the half after a physical, hard-fought battle between the two teams.

Turnovers were once again costly for the Mountaineers, who committed 19. West Virginia shot 37 percent from the field and Iowa State shot 56 percent.

The Mountaineers have lost three of its last four games. Things will not get easier for West Virginia as they take on the Kansas Jayhawks at home on Monday at 9 p.m.



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