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No. 11 ISU Sees Three-Game Win Streak End at WVU

Release: 02/10/2014
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – No. 11 Iowa State suffered a 102-77 loss at West Virginia Monday night inside WVU Coliseum. The loss dropped the Cyclones to 18-5 overall and 6-5 in Big 12 play. West Virginia improved to 15-10 overall, 7-5 in conference competition. The loss ended Iowa State’s three-game winning streak.

Georges Niang led ISU with 17 points while Dustin Hogue chipped in 15 points and 10 rebounds and DeAndre Kane added 14 points and six rebounds. Matt Thomas chipped in 13 points.

Keys to the Game
Down 52-33 to start the second half, West Virginia showed its shooting was still on target with a 3-pointer to move its lead up to 22 points. ISU was able to work the WVU lead back down to 14 points at 58-44 before the Mountaineers went on a 13-2 run to post their largest lead of the game at 25 points, 71-46.

The Cyclones continued to struggle from the field as the Mountaineers were able to run out to a lead of as much as 32 points in the second half.

Iowa State controlled the opening few minutes, but West Virginia used hot shooting to explode on a 26-8 run that included five 3-pointers to give the Mountaineers a 14-point lead at 30-16. WVU saw its lead expand to 16 points before the Cyclones began its rebuilding process.

Georges Niang scored five straight points to reduce the WVU advantage to 11 points. Some sloppy play from the Cyclones allowed the Mountaineers to play fast and get on a 14-6 run that saw the Mountaineers take a halftime lead of 52-33. WVU enjoyed an advantage of as much as 21 points in the first frame.

Iowa State struggled from deep, shooting under 10 percent (1-for-12) from 3-point range in the first period. Another issue for ISU was at the charity stripe, as ISU harnessed itself with a 50 percent (6-of-12) free throw shooting effort in the first half. Iowa State was also uncharacteristically loose with the ball, committing seven first-half turnovers.

Cyclone Game Ball Goes To…
Dustin Hogue. It was a tough evening for all the Cyclones, but Hogue was able to bring some energy and effort to get game. He finished the evening with 15 points, his highest total since scoring 18 against Akron at the Diamond Head Classic, and grabbing 10 rebounds. It was Hogue’s sixth double-double of the season.

Cyclone Notes
*Melvin Ejim saw his streak of 24 consecutive games scoring in double figures, a streak that dated back to last season, come to an end.
*Ejim’s 12 rebounds marked the fourth consecutive game which Ejim grabbed at least 10 boards.
*Dustin Hogue posted his sixth double-double of the season.
*Georges Niang scored in double figures for the ninth consecutive game and 20th time this season.
*DeAndre Kane scored in double figures for the 19th time this season.

Up Next
Iowa State returns to Hilton Coliseum Saturday for a match-up against Texas Tech. The game will start at 12:45 p.m. and be shown on the Big 12 Network.
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