Juwan Staten had 19 points, nine assists and seven rebounds and three of his teammates added at least 16 points as West Virginia dominated Iowa State 102-77 on Monday night in Morgantown. The Mountaineers played a near perfect game in front of their home crowd by going 35-of-65 from the field, converting at a whopping 54 percent. The 11th ranked and red-hot Cyclones were never able to find a rhythm and really struggled in one of their strongest areas — shooting from behind the three-point line. Fred Hoiberg‘s team was a dismal 4-of-23 from long range. Dustin Hogue provided the one bright spot, posting a double-double with 15 points and 10 boards.
For Bob Huggins‘ squad, this was exactly what the doctor ordered — a quality win that will go a long way come Selection Sunday. This victory immediately becomes the Mountaineers’ most significant, and the way they did it was pretty impressive. Staten was tremendous in nearly putting up a triple-double while his backcourt mates Terry Henderson and Eron Harris were just as effective. The trio of guards pose tough matchups for anyone and will be the key for West Virginia down the stretch. Remi Dibo also gave a huge lift by going 6-of-8 from three and scoring a game-high 20 points. The Mountaineers went a staggering 13-of-22 from deep.
It’ll be interesting to see whether or not West Virginia can use this game as the springboard to something great. They still have a bit of work to be done, but are moving closer and closer to an NCAA Tournament bid. Last year’s disaster of a season is becoming a distant memory and Huggins looks to have his alma mater back on track. This year’s team features no seniors, so the future is clearly looking up again in Morgantown.
With terrific guard play and a guy who should be a hall of fame coach, nobody is going to want to play the Mountaineers in March.
Matthew Sturgeon is a College Basketball Writer for RantSports.com. You can follow him on Twitter @OfficialSturg27.