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Shots don't drop for West Virginia in loss to ISU

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 26, 2014 at 10:23 pm •  Published: February 26, 2014
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AMES, Iowa (AP) — West Virginia blew out Iowa State two weeks ago because it hit 13 3-pointers and shot 54 percent from the field.

The Mountaineers shot just 36 percent in the rematch — including making just 5 3s — and found themselves on the other side of a big defeat.

Georges Niang scored 24 points, DeAndre Kane had 17 and 11 rebounds and No. 15 Iowa State beat West Virginia 83-66 on Wednesday night for its seventh win in eight games.

Naz Long had 15 points on five 3-pointers for the Cyclones (22-5, 10-5 Big 12), who have recorded three straight 10-win seasons in league play for the first time.

Iowa State rolled despite playing nearly the entire second half without star Melvin Ejim, who sat because of foul trouble.

"The difference in the game was they made shots. We didn't," West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said.

Dustin Hogue helped cover for Ejim's absence inside with 15 points and nine rebounds, including a rare 3 with 3:17 left that put the Cyclones ahead 79-65.

"Overall, when Melvin went out, we just came together and did a great job of not only keeping the lead but extending it," Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg said.

Juwan Staten had 19 points and Eron Harris added 15 to lead West Virginia (15-13, 7-8), which lost its third straight.

West Virginia guard Terry Henderson, who averages 12.1 points, missed his second straight game with an undisclosed illness.

The Mountaineers suffered in his absence, with Nathan Adrian and Gary Browne combining for just 10 points on 4-of-16 shooting.

Adrian "has been a better (power forward) than a (small forward), and that's just being honest," Huggins said. "Gary doesn't make any shots."

Iowa State looked ready to pull away from the Mountaineers early in the second half — and perhaps even match the 25-point beating West Virginia put on the Cyclones two weeks ago.

It wouldn't prove to be so easy.

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