West Virginia at Iowa State
It was a wire-to-wire victory for Iowa State. The Cyclones dismantled West Virginia 93-77 on Wednesday in Ames, Iowa. Donovan Jackson led scorers with 25 points, and his teammates Lindell Wiggington and Cameron Lard scored 22 and 18, respectively. ISU (16-6 overall, 5-4 Big 12) was on fire all over the court as it shot 62 percent from the field and more than 55 percent from 3-point range. Despite 18 points from Javon Carter and only nine WVU turnovers, the No. 15 Mountaineers fell short. WVU has lost five of its last six games.
After holding a No. 2 ranking earlier this season, coach Bob Huggins’s Mountaineer squad (16-6, 5-4) is in free fall. The Cyclones have dug themselves out of the depths of the Big 12’s bottom spot, though. WVU will look to stop its home skid when it faces Kansas State on Saturday. ISU could ascend the standings again with a victory against Baylor on Saturday in Waco, Texas.
Texas at Texas Tech
Keenan Evans’s high-scoring night fittingly ended with a game-winning buzzer-beater in overtime. Evans took over offensively for Texas Tech because his teammates simply could not score, and he carried the Red Raiders to a 73-71 victory Wednesday in Lubbock, Texas. No Red Raider scored more than eight points, and Texas Tech, excluding Evans, shot only 33 percent. Evans was the best player on the floor and scored 38 points. He shot 69 percent from the field and went 18-of-20 from the free-throw line. Texas (14-8, 4-5) came up short despite strong performances from Kerwin Roach II, who had 20 points, and Mohamed Bamba, who had 12 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocks. The Longhorns beat Texas Tech (18-4, 6-3) at home two weeks earlier, but the Red Raiders avenged that loss. No. 10 Texas Tech rises to a tie for second place in the Big 12 with the victory. Tech goes on the road to Fort Worth, Texas, to take on TCU on Saturday. Texas’s road woes continue with the loss. The Longhorns are 1-4 in their five conference road games. Texas faces No. 12 Oklahoma on Saturday in Austin, Texas.