MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Oscar Tshiebwe had 16 points and 10 rebounds, and No. 13 West Virginia breezed to a 76-61 victory over Iowa State on Wednesday night.
Chase Harler added 14 points, Emmitt Matthews Jr. and Derek Culver scored 12 points apiece, and Jermaine Haley scored 11 points for the Mountaineers (18-4, 6-3 Big 12).
West Virginia never trailed. Five minutes into the game the Mountaineers built a lead that didn’t fall below double digits again.
Matthews scored in double figures for the first time since Dec. 14, a span of a dozen games. He had scored in double digits in six of the first 10 games, then his scoring touch evaporated — until now.
Matthews was the early catalyst, scoring all 12 of his points in the first half. West Virginia made nine of its first 11 shots and finished 29 of 58 (50%) for the game. The Mountaineers won handily despite committing 19 turnovers.
Iowa State trailed by 24 points after halftime.
Rasir Bolton scored 18 points for the Cyclones (9-13, 2-7) and Tyrese Haliburton added 12.
Iowa State: The Cyclones shot 40% from the floor and fell to 0-7 this season on the road.
West Virginia: The Mountaineers improved to 12-0 at home, seven of which have been by at least 20 points.
Iowa State host Kansas State on Saturday.
West Virginia plays at Oklahoma on Saturday.
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