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February 27, 2014

Methuen's Niang (24 points) powers Iowa State

AMES, Iowa (AP) — West Virginia blew out Iowa State two weeks ago because it hit 13 3-pointers and shot 54 percent from the field.

The Mountaineers shot just 36 percent in the rematch — including making just 5 3s — and found themselves on the other side of a big defeat.

Sophomore Georges Niang of Methuen scored 24 points, DeAndre Kane had 17 and 11 rebounds and No. 15 Iowa State beat West Virginia 83-66 last night for its seventh win in eight games.

Naz Long had 15 points on five 3-pointers for the Cyclones (22-5, 10-5 Big 12), who have recorded three straight 10-win seasons in league play for the first time.

Iowa State rolled despite playing nearly the entire second half without star Melvin Ejim, who sat because of foul trouble.

Ejim, a serious Big 12 Player of the Year candidate, picked up his fourth foul on a technical with 17:13 left. The Mountaineers quickly capitalized, cutting an 11-point deficit to 53-49.

But the Cyclones showed why they have got so much more than Ejim to lean on.

Long and Niang answered with crucial consecutive 3s, and Long’s fifth 3 made it 64-54 with 9:45 left. Kane and Hogue followed with tough inside baskets, and Hogue’s tip-in gave the Cyclones a 72-61 lead.

Iowa State was 9 of 20 from 3-point range.

“The difference in the game was they made shots. We didn’t,” West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said.

Dustin Hogue helped cover for Ejim’s absence inside with 15 points and nine rebounds, including a rare 3 with 3:17 left that put the Cyclones ahead 79-65.

“Overall, when Melvin went out, we just came together and did a great job of not only keeping the lead but extending it,” Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg said.

Juwan Staten had 19 points and Eron Harris added 15 to lead West Virginia (15-13, 7-8), which lost its third straight.

West Virginia guard Terry Henderson, who averages 12.1 points, missed his second straight game with an undisclosed illness.

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