Cyclones trail from beginning to end in Morgantown

Feb 5, 2020; Morgantown, West Virginia, USA; Iowa State Cyclones guard Tyrese Haliburton (22) drives baseline defended by West Virginia Mountaineers forward Oscar Tshiebwe (34) during the first half at WVU Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

Well, it could have been worse.

Iowa State trailed from beginning to end on Wednesday during a 76-61 loss to No. 13 West Virginia in Morgantown. The Mountaineers hit their first five shots of the game and never looked back while shooting 50 percent from the field during the entire 40 minutes.

The Cyclones, who finished shooting 39.7 percent from the field, were led by sophomore guard Rasir Bolton with 18 points on 6-of-15 shooting from the field and 3-of-6 from behind the 3-point line. Tyrese Haliburton also finished in double-figures with 12 points on 5-of-8 from the floor plus connecting on his only 3-point attempt of the night.

Five West Virginia players finished in double-figures scoring, led by center Oscar Tshiebwe with 16 points. Tshiebwe also contributed three of the Mountaineers’ 18 offensive rebounds that turned into 19 second-chance points.

Iowa State will be back in action on Saturday when they host Kansas State at Hilton Coliseum.

Jared Stansbury


Jared is in his seventh year covering Iowa State football and basketball for Cyclone Fanatic. He worked as the site's intern for three years while studying Journalism in Iowa State's Greenlee School of Journalism. He started as a full-time staff writer in May 2016. He took over as the site's managing editor in January 2020. Jared spent five falls covering Iowa high school football as a reporter for KMA Radio, 1460 KXNO and 1430 KASI.