Poor Defense, Shooting Doom WVU

Bob Huggins got T'd up early in the game.

West Virginia's NCAA Tournament chances took another major blow on Wednesday night, as they fell to Iowa State, 83-66.

The Mountaineers trailed for the majority of the game, falling behind after leading 9-4, then allowing the Cyclones to go on a 24-5 run.

Juwan Staten led WVU in scoring with 19 points, while Eron Harris added 15 and Remi Dibo added 14. The Mountaineers were without their third leading scorer, Terry Henderson, who did not travel with the team due to illness.

After falling behind by double digits, 28-14, West Virginia went on a mini-run of their own to cut the lead back to six, 30-24. The two teams battled back for the remainder of the first half, with WVU getting as close as four, but went into halftime down 39-33.

The Cyclones got back on track in the second half, scoring five straight points and extending the lead back to double digits. Multiple times, the Mountaineers would cut the lead back to six or seven points, but would then allow a big shot from Iowa State.

The Cyclones went 9-of-20 from beyond the arc and 51-percent (33-of-65) from the field for the game. West Virginia, meanwhile, was 5-of-20 from three and 24-of-67 (36-percent) overall.

West Virginia has fallen to 15-13 overall and 7-8 in Big12 Conference play. They host TCU on Saturday for a game that tips off at 1:30PM ET and will be televised on ROOT Sports. A win would assure the Mountaineers of a winning record and eligibility for postseason play.

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