WVU basketball: Iowa State rips apart Mountaineers

LUBBOCK, TX - JANUARY 13: Jevon Carter
LUBBOCK, TX - JANUARY 13: Jevon Carter /

It appears that dark times are now on the WVU basketball team. There is a lot wrong with the Mountaineers and there appears to be no easy fix in sight.

The WVU basketball team fell to Iowa State, 93-77, on Wednesday. ISU took control in the first half and rallied even more in the second half. This was the most points given up by the Mountaineers this season.

For West Virginia, Jevon Carter led the way with 18 points. Esa Ahmad and Sagaba Konate follow behind with 17 points each. James Bolden, who filled in for Daxter Miles, had nine points on three 3-pointers.

The WVU basketball team trailed by 10 points at halftime and never got anything going in the second half. The game got away for the Mountaineers and there was no way they could even compete in this one. No Big 12 game will be easy and it’s even harder to win on the road in this conference.

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Iowa State was just flat-out tough to beat in this one. The Cyclones shot a remarkable 62 percent from the field. It’s a shame, but it seems like the opposition always shoots lights out against the Mountaineers, even with the tight defense.

For ISU, Donovan Jackson scored 25 points, Lindell Wigginton had 22 and Cameron Lard had 18. Both teams had 32 rebounds with Ahmad leading with eight for WVU and Lard grabbing 13 for Iowa State.

Adding to the point differential was Iowa State making 10 of 18 3-pointers and the Mountaineers failing behind-the-arc by going 9 for 26. The Cyclones offense ran well all game and they tallied 20 assists picking apart the West Virginia defense.

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With the loss, the Mountaineers are now 16-6 with nine games to play. With the win, Iowa State is  12-9. The WVU basketball team is back in action Saturday at home against Kansas State. The Wildcats are also 16-6 and are now tied with West Virginia for fourth place in the Big 12.