No. 15 Iowa State Upends West Virginia
February 27, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
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AMES, Iowa – Georges Niang did his damage in the paint and Naz Long was bombing away from the outside, pacing No. 15 Iowa State (22-5, 10-5 Big 12) to an 83-66 win over West Virginia (15-13, 7-8 Big 12) Wednesday night in Hilton Coliseum.
Niang scored a game-high 24 points, his eighth 20-point game of the season, and Long tallied 15 points behind five triples in the victory.
ISU’s other star was true freshman Monte Morris. The rookie dished out a career-high 12 assists to break ISU’s freshman single-game assist mark. Jeff Hornacek, Gary Thompkins and Will Blalock formerly held the record with 11 each. Morris had five points, seven rebounds and zero turnovers in 38 minutes of action.
Iowa State held a six-point lead at the half (39-33) after leading by as much as 14 points in the first period.
The Cyclones fell down 9-4 early, but then went on a 24-5 run over a nine-minute stretch to take a 28-14 lead. Naz Long buried a couple of 3-pointers in the run.
Juwan Staten helped the Mountaineers close the gap by the end of the half by scoring 12 points in the opening period.
Iowa State led by 11 points early in the second half until Melvin Ejim was called for a foul and then a technical after arguing the call with 17:13 left in the game. It was his third and fourth foul, and the Mountaineers quickly closed the gap to four points as Ejim went to the bench.
Long and then Niang hit back-to-back treys to put ISU back up by 10 points (59-49) with 11:58 remaining in the game.
WVU never really threatened the rest of the way. ISU had the answer, especially Long, who made the big treys when the Cyclones needed them.
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