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Iowa State rolls past No. 15 West Virginia 93-77

AMES, Iowa (AP) West Virginia's losing skid keeps getting bigger, and coach Bob Huggins isn't quite sure what to do about it.

Donovan Jackson scored 25 points, Lindell Wigginton added 22 and Iowa State, on the strength of 62 percent shooting, rolled past 15th-ranked West Virginia 93-77 on Wednesday night to send the short-handed Mountaineers to their fifth loss in six games.

''I could sit here and make something up. But I don't know,'' West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said about his team's slide. ''If we ever had any pride in our defense, we don't have any now.''

Add Cameron Lard (18 points, 13 rebounds) to the list of Cyclones (12-9, 3-6 Big 12) who ran all over West Virginia.

They took advantage of the absence of West Virginia's Daxter Miles Jr. (illness) and that lackadaisical defense to hand the Mountaineers (16-6, 5-4) their biggest defeat since a 23-point blowout at the hands of Texas A&M in the opener.

''Proud of these guys for stepping up through adversity,'' Iowa State coach Steve Prohm said of his team, which got blown out by Tennessee at home 68-45 on Saturday.

The Cyclones had West Virginia - which Huggins said ''looked tired'' - playing catch-up from the opening tip.

The Mountaineers caught them just once and were never able to overtake them.

West Virginia fell behind 25-11 after allowing Iowa State to hit 10 of its first 13 shots. The Mountaineers rallied with an 18-4 run, but the Cyclones answered with a 24-11 spurt and went back ahead 53-40.

Iowa State continued its torrid shooting in the second half. Jackson's fifth 3 gave it a 74-60 lead, and Wigginton's drive at the end of the shot clock made it 84-70 with 4:38 left.

The Cyclones also committed just eight turnovers against the league's leader in turnover margin despite missing point guard Nick Weiler-Babb to knee tendinitis.

Jevon Carter scored 18 points with nine assists and Esa Ahmad and Sagaba Konate each had 17 for West Virginia.

THE BIG PICTURE

West Virginia: The Mountaineers aren't exactly in a death spiral, considering its previous four losses came against No. 10 Texas Tech, No. 7 Kansas, a good TCU team and No. 21 Kentucky, but they're heading in the wrong direction heading into February. West Virginia clearly missed Miles, who is second on the team with 12.8 points a game, but even the presence of Miles might not have been enough.

Iowa State: Prohm was highly encouraged by his team's effort after a loss to the Vols that left him and his players calling the Cyclones ''soft'' more than once. Iowa State showed resolve against a team that had won four of the previous five meetings in the series. ''We needed one like this,'' said Jackson, who dished out a career-high seven assists. ''It tests our man character when we get blown out of the gym.''

THE NUMBERS

West Virginia grabbed 18 offensive rebounds but just 14 on the other end. ...Solomon Young had 14 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks for Iowa State. ...The Mountaineers had just two steals and went 9 of 26 on 3s. ...Forward Zoran Talley had seven points and five assists after getting the start for Weiler-Babb.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

If West Virginia can't beat Kansas State on Saturday, it might find itself on the outside looking in on Monday.

HE SAID IT

''My guys always before, if somebody beat them, they were (ticked) off. I mean, they were (ticked) that gave up straight line drives because they knew they let their teammates down. This group, it's like standing at the freeway watching people run by,'' Huggins on West Virginia's defense.

UP NEXT

West Virginia: hosts the Wildcats on Saturday.

Iowa State: plays at Baylor on Saturday.

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Key Players
J. Carter
2 G
N. Weiler-Babb
1 G
37.4 Min. Per Game 37.4
11.6 Pts. Per Game 11.6
7.0 Ast. Per Game 7.0
7.1 Reb. Per Game 7.1
41.1 Field Goal % 43.8
39.5 Three Point % 32.8
86.1 Free Throw % 77.8
+ 2 Jevon Carter made jump shot, assist by Chase Harler 17.0
+ 2 Solomon Young made dunk, assist by Lindell Wigginton 31.0
+ 2 Sagaba Konate made dunk 59.0
  Offensive rebound by Sagaba Konate 1:05
  Jevon Carter missed layup, blocked by Solomon Young 1:07
  Bad pass turnover on Zoran Talley Jr., stolen by Sagaba Konate 1:19
+ 2 Jevon Carter made layup 1:45
  Defensive rebound by Jevon Carter 1:50
  Zoran Talley Jr. missed 2nd of 2 free throws 1:50
+ 1 Zoran Talley Jr. made free throw 1:50
  Shooting foul on Lamont West 1:50
Team Stats
Points 77 93
Field Goals 29-67 (43.3%) 36-58 (62.1%)
3-Pointers 9-26 (34.6%) 10-18 (55.6%)
Free Throws 10-14 (71.4%) 11-15 (73.3%)
Total Rebounds 32 32
Offensive 17 9
Defensive 12 22
Team 3 1
Assists 14 20
Steals 2 1
Blocks 2 6
Turnovers 9 8
Fouls 16 15
Technicals 0 0
18 PTS, 7 REB, 9 AST
25 PTS, 7 AST
12T
away team logo 15 West Virginia 16-6 433477
home team logo Iowa State 12-9 534093
Team Stats
away team logo 15 West Virginia 16-6 80.1 PPG 41.3 RPG 15.2 APG
home team logo Iowa State 12-9 72.8 PPG 39.8 RPG 13.6 APG
Key Players
00
J. Carter G PPG RPG APG FG%
4
D. Jackson G 15.0 PPG 2.1 RPG 2.1 APG 38.1 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Carter G 18 PTS 7 REB 9 AST
D. Jackson G 25 PTS 0 REB 7 AST
43.3 FG% 62.1
34.6 3PT FG% 55.6
71.4 FT% 73.3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Carter 38 18 7 9 1 0 3 3 7/17 2/8 2/2 3 4
E. Ahmad 28 17 8 2 0 0 1 2 7/10 1/1 2/4 5 3
S. Konate 33 17 6 0 1 1 1 2 6/9 0/0 5/6 4 2
W. Harris 15 5 2 0 0 0 0 2 2/6 1/3 0/0 1 1
C. Harler 15 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 1/3 1/2 0/0 0 0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Carter 38 18 7 9 1 0 3 3 7/17 2/8 2/2 3 4
E. Ahmad 28 17 8 2 0 0 1 2 7/10 1/1 2/4 5 3
S. Konate 33 17 6 0 1 1 1 2 6/9 0/0 5/6 4 2
W. Harris 15 5 2 0 0 0 0 2 2/6 1/3 0/0 1 1
C. Harler 15 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 1/3 1/2 0/0 0 0
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Bolden 26 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 3/7 3/6 0/0 0 1
T. Allen 11 5 3 0 0 0 2 1 2/7 0/0 1/2 3 0
L. West 23 3 1 2 0 0 2 3 1/6 1/5 0/0 0 1
L. Routt 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
M. Bender 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
D. Hunter 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 1 0
D. Miles Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 77 29 14 2 2 9 16 29/67 9/26 10/14 17 12
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
D. Jackson 39 25 0 7 1 0 2 3 8/14 6/10 3/3 0 0
L. Wigginton 39 22 2 5 0 1 2 1 7/14 3/5 5/7 0 2
C. Lard 35 18 13 0 0 2 1 4 9/12 0/0 0/0 6 7
S. Young 27 14 10 0 0 2 1 3 6/6 0/0 2/3 2 8
Z. Talley Jr. 35 7 4 5 0 1 2 2 3/8 0/1 1/2 0 4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
D. Jackson 39 25 0 7 1 0 2 3 8/14 6/10 3/3 0 0
L. Wigginton 39 22 2 5 0 1 2 1 7/14 3/5 5/7 0 2
C. Lard 35 18 13 0 0 2 1 4 9/12 0/0 0/0 6 7
S. Young 27 14 10 0 0 2 1 3 6/6 0/0 2/3 2 8
Z. Talley Jr. 35 7 4 5 0 1 2 2 3/8 0/1 1/2 0 4
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Beverly 10 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 2/2 1/1 0/0 0 0
J. Long 11 2 2 3 0 0 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 1 1
H. Brase 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
T. Lewis 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 0
N. Weiler-Babb - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 93 31 20 1 6 8 15 36/58 10/18 11/15 9 22