THE WEEK THAT WAS FOR WVU
AMES, Iowa, Jan 19, 2013 (The Dominion Post - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
The WVU men's basketball team nearly pulled off its second double-digit comeback in as many Big 12 Conference road games.
Iowa State's Will Clyburn and Georges Niang made sure the Mountaineers went home with a heartbreaking loss instead.
Clyburn's drive and dish to Niang, who scored on an uncontested lay-up with two seconds remaining, gave the Cyclones a 69-67 win Wednesday night.
"I didn't think he saw Georges at first," Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg said. "Then he made a heck of a play."
In the final two seconds, WVU guard Eron Harris hauled in a pass and got to half court, but Iowa State guard Chris Babb ran into him and knocked Harris down as the final buzzer sounded. No foul call was made by the referees.
"I saw the same thing you saw," WVU coach Bob Huggins said about the final two seconds. "Did I think it was a foul What do you think "
The Mountaineers (8-8, 1-3 Big 12) managed to erase an 18-point deficit in the second half. Clyburn connected on two free throws to give Iowa State (12-4, 2-1) a 56-38 advantage with 9:04 remaining.
When Jabarie Hinds connected on a 3-pointer from the corner with 11.6 seconds left to tie the game at 67, it marked a 29-11 WVU run that saw the Mountaineers connect on 8-of-10 from 3-point range during the final nine minutes.
WVU shot 9-of-24 from 3 overall, after missing its first 12 shots from behind the arc.
"There is no way to explain the poor shooting or the good shooting," said Hinds, who finished with 20 points. "It all happens so fast that you're not thinking about the good or the bad. You're just focused on the game."
It was the second time WVU pulled off a large Big 12 comeback. The Mountaineers faced a 13-point deficit in the second half at Texas last week, but came back to beat the Longhorns, 57-53, in overtime.
WVU could not get one final defensive play this time, though, to send the game into overtime. Eron Harris, who started for an injured Terry Henderson, had 17 points and hit four 3-pointers in the second half. Matt Humphrey added nine points on three 3-pointers.
Iowa State 69, WVU 67
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