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January 17, 2013

West Virginia comeback falls short

Iowa State holds on, wins 69-67

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AMES, Iowa —

 
And then they did nearly everything — until the final few seconds.
 
Still, Huggins promised a change to a smaller lineup after the game after seeing his team dominated for much of the night.
 
“We’re going to have to play small. This is a different league than what we were in. It’s officiated differently. The style of play is different. We’re going to have to change,” West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said. “I mean, how can it be worse? We’re 1-3.”
 
West Virginia’s physical defense gave Iowa State trouble in the first half. The Cyclones had just four shots inside of 20 feet — including a pair of spectacular dunks by Clyburn — but they hit enough 3s, six, for a 29-26 lead.
 
Ejim steadied Iowa State’s offense with a pair of inside scores, and Clyburn followed West Virginia’s 12th-straight missed 3 with a three-point play to make it 40-28 with 15:56 to go.
 
The way the Mountaineers were shooting, it felt like an insurmountable advantage.
 
Korie Lucious had 15 points and eight assists for Iowa State, which learned the hard way that hardly any lead is insurmountable in league play.
 
“When you’re up like that and a team starts hitting shots out of nowhere, you’ve got to keep in mind that that can happen on any night and that you’ve got to close out teams,” Ejim said.
 
Though the Mountaineers got back one of their best players in Staten, one of their most promising youngsters didn’t even make the trip to Ames.
 
Freshman Terry Henderson, who started the last eight games and averaged 11 points in his last three, stayed back in West Virginia because of a back injury. That might not sound like a ton of points to lose — until you consider that no Mountaineer entered play with more than 10.6 points an outing.

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