Jan 31, 2018; Ames, IA, USA; Iowa State Cyclones guard Lindell Wigginton (5) drives the ball past West Virginia Mountaineers forward Teddy Allen (13) at James H. Hilton Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Rachel Mummey-USA TODAY Sports
AMES — Everybody saw this one coming…Ok, nobody did.
What a game.
Without starting point guard Nick Weiler-Babb, Iowa State led No. 15 West Virginia for all 40 minutes on Wednesday night in route to a 93-75 victory over Bob Huggins and the Mountaineers.
In addition to Weiler-Babb being out, the win was so improbable based off of what happened last Saturday, when Tennessee came to town and punched the Cyclones in the worst offensive performance in the long history of Hilton Coliseum. Iowa State only scored 45 points in that game. The Cyclones scored 47 points in the first 17 minutes on Wednesday night.
Iowa State was a 10-point underdog heading into the game.
Leading the way for the Cyclones were the two freshmen, Lindell Wigginton and Cameron Lard. Wigginton took over the majority of the point guard duties and was rewarded with a 22 point, four assist outing. Lard recorded his sixth double-double of the season with 18 points and 13 rebounds.
Donovan Jackson actually led the Cyclones in scoring with 25. He was 6-of-10 from 3-point range. A tip of the hat goes to Zoran Talley, who started in place of Weiler-Babb and was key in breaking West Virginia’s press.
Up next for the Cyclones is a road trip to Baylor on Saturday night.