The West Virginia Mountaineers (21-8, 10-6 Big 12) exacted a little revenge for the beating they took on January 31st in Ames this evening, beating the Iowa State Cyclones (13-15, 4-12 Big 12) by a final score of 85-70 in front of a sold out crowd in the WVU Coliseum.
Jevon Carter didn’t waste any time getting the assist he needed to rewrite the record books, dishing it to Esa Ahmad for a three pointer to tie the game at 7-7 with 16:00 remaining. To Iowa State’s credit, they did hang with the Mountaineers for the first 15 minutes of the first half, but a scoring drought late in the half allowed West Virginia to take a 39-30 lead into the locker room.
The Mountaineers came out in the second half and began to pour it on the Cyclones. Ahmad made a little history of his own, this time at the 16:00 mark of the second half when he recorded his second career double-double. West Virginia grew their lead to 21 points with two and a half minutes remaining in the game off a Sagaba Konate jumper. Iowa State hit a couple shots to bring the score a bit closer, but it was too little, too late for the Cyclones.
Carter led the Mountaineers with 24 points, 7 rebounds. Esa Ahmad finished with 18 points, 11 rebounds. Sagaba Konate and Daxter Miles Jr. each chipped in 14 points, with Konate adding 9 rebounds and 6 blocks.
West Virginia returns to action on Monday when the Mountaineer Revenge Tour concludes as the Texas Tech Red Raiders invade Morgantown. The Mountaineers will clinch the No. 2 seed in the Big 12 Conference tournament with a win over the Red Raiders. That game will tip off at 9:00PM ET on ESPN2.