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Turnover-plagued Mountaineers put up a combat, however fall on the street to No. 6 Iowa State

The script was clear for West Virginia on Saturday. When the Mountaineers performed inside themselves and managed the ball, they saved tempo and even out-played the No. 6 crew within the nation, Iowa State. Nonetheless, when WVU received sped up and was careless with the ball, the Cyclones took over en path to a 71-64 victory contained in the Hilton Coliseum in Ames.

West Virginia (9-18, 4-10 Massive 12) dedicated only one turnover within the first 5 minutes of play and led Iowa State (21-6, 10-4) 11-5 on the first media timeout.

Good capturing from past the arch by Kerr Kriisa, RaeQuan Battle and Quinn Slazinski had WVU up 11-2 lower than 4 minutes into the sport.

After that, nonetheless, the Cyclones, who lead the league in forcing turnovers, received the Mountaineers off schedule for the remainder of the primary half. 

Whether or not it was throwing up photographs too early within the shot clock, forcing up low-percentage tries or simply turning the ball over outright, which WVU did a season-high 23 instances, the Mountaineer offense struggled to regain consistency.

“Making ready to play in opposition to a crew like that’s onerous,” coach Josh Eilert mentioned. “It’s onerous to simulate their tenacity on protection.”

“That’s pretty much as good a protection as we’ll see all 12 months, them and Houston rival one another.”

After turning it over simply as soon as in its nice first 5 minutes, WVU turned it over 10 instances from the primary media timeout till halftime. The Cyclones transformed these into 17 factors.

“A part of toughness is keen to face adversity and face that ball stress and I didn’t assume we did an excellent job in that regard,” Eilert mentioned.

Regardless of trailing by 10 on the break to a crew that hasn’t misplaced at dwelling this season, West Virginia didn’t fold within the second half. Removed from it because the Mountaineers as soon as once more began a half by outplaying the Cyclones. Whereas that lasted for simply 5 minutes within the first half, it went on for practically 11 within the second.

WVU’s push culminated when junior Kobe Johnson, whose final three-pointer earlier than Saturday got here on Jan. 20, nailed his second trey of the sport to place the Mountaineers up 51-50 with 9 minutes remaining.

“Credit score to West Virginia, they did an excellent job of protecting us off-balance mixing up zone and man (defenses) all through the course of the sport,” Iowa State coach T.J. Otzelberger mentioned.

Nonetheless, similar to within the first half, Iowa State’s protection made the changes to get the Mountaineers off monitor. The Cyclones’ response was to play an aggressive half-court protection that pressured extra turnovers and extra poor photographs from the Mountaineer on the way in which to a 14-0 scoring run.

A Kriisa three-pointer lastly stopped the bleeding, however by then ISU’s 10-point lead had been restored, 64-54, and there have been solely three minutes left to play. 

“A essential stat going into the sport was how we had been going to deal with their stress,’ Eilert mentioned. “We didn’t deal with the ball and type of misplaced our poise in some conditions, which led to the top consequence.” 

West Virginia dedicated a dozen turnovers within the second half, resulting in 12 extra factors for Iowa State. In whole, the Cyclones scored 29 factors off of a season-high 23 WVU turnovers. Kriisa and heart Jessee Edwards had been the primary offenders with 5 every and Josiah Harris had 4 off the bench.

This got here on a day when the Mountaineers shot over 40% (10-24) from vary and over 80% (10-12) from the foul line. Kriisa’s 12 factors got here on 4 three-pointers and Johnson matched him with 12 and a pair of threes to tie for the crew lead in factors. Slazinski completed with 11 factors whereas Edwards had 10 and eight rebounds.

“We misplaced by seven, however they received 14 extra photographs than we did,’Eilert mentioned. “That’s onerous to beat on the street, particularly in opposition to a crew pretty much as good as Iowa State is.”

For comparability, ISU was 7-22 (31.8%) from deep and 10-15 (66%) from the road. Tamin Lipsey led with a game-high 14 factors, supported by 12 from Curtis Jones off the bench. 

WVU will keep on the street with a fast turnaround to face Kansas State inside Bramlage Coliseum on Monday at 7 p.m.

Iowa St. 71, West Virginia 64
Slazinski 3-6 3-3 11, Edwards 4-5 2-3 10, Battle 2-11 4-4 9, Johnson 5-7 0-1 12, Kriisa 4-7 0-0 12, Harris 2-4 1-1 5, Farrakhan 2-4 0-0 5, Akok 0-2 0-0 0, Suemnick 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-46 10-12 64.
R.Jones 2-3 2-3 6, King 4-6 0-0 8, Momcilovic 3-10 0-0 8, Gilbert 3-8 2-2 8, Lipsey 4-9 4-7 14, C.Jones 5-14 0-0 12, Ward 3-5 0-1 6, Paveletzke 3-5 2-2 9, Watson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-60 10-15 71.
Halftime—Iowa St. 40-30. 3-Level Targets—West Virginia 10-24 (Kriisa 4-7, Johnson 2-3, Slazinski 2-4, Farrakhan 1-2, Battle 1-6, Akok 0-1, Harris 0-1), Iowa St. 7-22 (Lipsey 2-2, Momcilovic 2-6, C.Jones 2-9, Paveletzke 1-2, King 0-1, Gilbert 0-2). Rebounds—West Virginia 25 (Edwards 8), Iowa St. 27 (King, Ward 5). Assists—West Virginia 14 (Edwards, Johnson 3), Iowa St. 12 (Lipsey 6). Whole Fouls—West Virginia 16, Iowa St. 15. A—14,267 (14,384).