AMES, Iowa (AP) — Jaysean Paige scored 23 points, including a crucial 3 with 1:05 left, and No. 14 West Virginia beat No. 13 Iowa State 81-76 on Monday night for its league-leading fourth Big 12 road win.
Devin Williams added 17 points and 18 rebounds for the Mountaineers (18-4, 7-2), who rallied from 15 points down for their third win in four games.
Paige shot 10 of 17 from the field, none bigger than the 3 that gave West Virginia a 75-74 lead. The Mountaineers outrebounded the Cyclones 43-26, and Tarik Phillips grabbed his own missed free throw to seal it with 19 seconds left.
Georges Niang scored 20 points and Abdel Nader had 19 for Iowa State (16-6, 5-4), which lost consecutive games for the second time this season.
Iowa State fell behind by as many as six points in the second half before Niang’s 3 and layup put the Cyclones back on top 68-64. Paige tied it at 70-all on a layup with 2:36 left, and the Mountaineers hit six straight free throws in the final 41 seconds.
West Virginia had equally disappointing results in last weekend’s Big 12/SEC Challenge. The Mountaineers were blown out at Florida, while the Cyclones faded late in a 10-point loss at No. 8 Texas A&M.
Iowa State opened this game on a 21-8 run, capped when reserve Deonte Burton went sideways for a one-handed dunk.
Burton followed with a block and a 15-footer to make it 25-10. But West Virginia’s pressure defense and superior rebounding started causing fits for the Cyclones, and the Mountaineers pulled within 37-33 by halftime.
A one-handed dunk by Esa Ahmad and a layup by Daxter Miles off a turnover gave West Virginia its first lead, 46-45.
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