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WVU Drops Another Heartbreaker, 69-67 To Iowa State

The furious comeback reminiscent of the Longhorn game wasn't enough this time.

J. Meric

After trailing by only three at halftime, West Virginia fell behind by as many as 18 in the second half, only to mount another furious comeback to tie the game with 14 seconds left and give up a layup with 3 seconds remaining.

WVU started off the game well enough, holding ISU scoreless for nearly the first five minutes of the game. But, during that first half, WVU couldn't buy a three with a platinum Visa and the Cyclones could seemingly only hit from three and took a three point lead into the locker room that would balloon in the second half.

A barrage of threes, layups and dunks by the Cyclones extended their halftime lead to 18 and, similar to the Texas game, the Mountaineers found their stroke from downtown. Eron Harris and Matt Humphrey combined to hit 7 three pointers in the half pulling the Mountaineers to within 3.

After a defensive stand culminating with a shot clock violation, Jabarie Hinds shook his defender off and drained his own three with 14 seconds to go to tie the game at 67. Following a ISU timeout, Georges Niang was left alone to drop in a layup with three seconds to go.

Jabarie Hinds led all scorers with a career high of 20 points. Eron Harris contributed 17 points to the Mountaineer cause.

The loss drops WVU to 1-3 in conference play, despite holding ISU below 70 points for the first time this season.

The Mountaineers return to action on the road Saturday for their final out-of-conference matchup of the season against Purdue.