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February 27, 2014

No. 15 Iowa State beats West Virginia 83-66

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It wouldn't prove to be so easy.

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 outscored the Mountaineers 46-24 in the paint despite getting just 20 minutes from Ejim.

"Dustin Hogue, I give a ton of credit for being the guy that was doing the dirty work for us," Hoiberg said. "Our two-man game was working well. We'd clear a side of the floor, and Dustin was a recipient of a lot of that because Georges was stepping out and making shots or driving the ball."

Without question, the low point of Iowa State's season came at the hands of West Virginia.

The Mountaineers jumped on the Cyclones from the opening tip and ran them out of Morgantown. To make matters worse, Harris was ejected late for drilling Morris — shortly after Hogue kicked West Virginia's Kevin Noreen while going for a rebound.

Things got chippy right away in Ames too, with Ejim and Noreen exchanging early words. Huggins then drew a technical for getting after the officials, and consecutive bank shots by Hogue capped a 24-5 run and gave Iowa State a 28-14 lead.

"We made shots when where (at home). We got them spread," Huggins said. "They made shots here."

But the Cyclones are also prone to bouts of sloppy play, and they finished the half with a number of fouls and ill-advised shots that let the Mountaineers close within 39-33.

Iowa State pulled itself together in the second half for its seventh conference win of February — the most the Cyclones have ever had in one month.

"Coach just tells everybody to just be ready and prepared. One through five, whoever is out there, we trust each other to make shots and make plays," Morris said.

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