Iowa State’s Big 12 title hopes were dealt a severe blow on Tuesday night. 14th ranked West Virginia used a late 9-0 run to rally past the 13th ranked Cyclones 81-76 in Hilton Colesium. It was a game the Cyclones led by 15 points in the opening half.
West Virginia scored 48 points in the second half and outrebounded the Cyclones 43-26.
“There is a lot of things you can point do but we did not get it done”, said Iowa State coach Steve Prohm. “We were not able to finish.”
Iowa State lost despite hitting 11 of 22 shots from three point range. The Cyclones committed 17 turnovers.
“I think they just sped us up the whole game and got us out of what we wanted to do and caused a lot of turnovers”, said Cyclone guard Monte’ Morris. “You have got to give those guys credit.”
Georges Niang scored 20 points and Abdel Nader added 19 for the Cyclones who fall to 5-4 in the Big 12 and 16-6 overall.