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'Eers Blow Away No. 11 Cyclones

West Virginia came out firing and never let up, blowing out No. 11 Iowa State, 102-77, and seriously helping their NCAA Tournament resume.

Dibo scored a team-high 20 points on Monday night.

The Mountaineers had four of their five starters in double figures, led by Eron Harris (16 points), Remi Dibo (20 points), Terry Henderson (16 points) and Juwan Staten, who added nine assists and seven rebounds to his 19 points.

The two teams started the game by trading buckets and the Cyclones held a 14-13 lead at the 14:58 mark, but at that point, the Mountaineers went on a 17-2 run, courtesy of virtually every member of the team.

Terry Henderson got things started with a three, and then Remi Dibo and Juwan Staten added two quick buckets for seven straight points and forcing a timeout from Iowa State. That didn't slow the Mountaineers down, though, with Staten adding three more, Dibo hitting a three and Gary Browne getting a quick tip back.

Iowa State's offense finally got things rolling after that, but there was no slowing down West Virginia for the rest of the first half. Eron Harris added a three and a couple of free throws. Staten got to the line a few more times, and Dibo tacked on another three.

Just before the half, Staten got to the bucket again, scoring a layup at the buzzer and sending the Mountaineer crowd into a frenzy, with West Virginia up 52-33 at halftime.

The second half started in a similar fashion, with Dibo hitting a three on West Virginia's first possession. However, that - and one more Dibo three - were the only scores for the Mountaineers in the first 4:38. At the same time, the Cyclones had put in 11 points in their own and cut the lead to 14, 58-44.

Eron Harris was quick to answer for West Virginia, though, hitting a tough floater in the lane, then a deep three, and another put back, sending the crowd into a frenzy - and the Mountaineers back to a 66-46 lead.

From there, it was simply a celebration for West Virginia the rest of the way, as their lead extended to over 30 points. Things got a bit chippy, though, as refs allowed the two teams to play in hopes of getting the game over faster. That resulted in a drop kick by Iowa State's Dustin Hogue on Kevin Noreen - that was not called. Eron Harris retaliated with a hard foul.

The refs went to the monitor and called Hogue for a flagrant one, and Harris for a flagrant two, ending his night early.

West Virginia (15-10, 7-5) travels to Austin next to take on No. 19 Texas (18-5, 7-3). The game is set for an 8:00PM ET tip and will be televised on the Longhorn Network, as well as ESPN3 and the WatchESPN apps.

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