AMES, Iowa-Lindell Wigginton’s 28 points powered No. 20 Iowa State (16-5, 5-3 Big 12) to a 93-68 victory over West Virginia (9-12, 1-7 Big 12) Wednesday night in Hilton Coliseum.
Wigginton was outstanding coming off the bench, tallying a season high in points en route to his 14th career 20-point game. Wigginton was 7-of-12 from the field and 12-of-14 from the foul line, as the Cyclones connected on 90.6 percent of their foul shots (29-of-32).
For the second game in a row, the Cyclones shot above 50 percent from the field, hitting at a 53.6 percent clip. It was the sixth time this season where ISU made over half of its shots in a game.
ISU has already surpassed its conference win total (five) from a year ago.
How It Happened
Iowa State led at the break 45-28. The Cyclones held a five-point lead (27-22) with five minutes left before intermission, but then went on a 13-2 run.
Wigginton scored eight points in the flurry, including a four-point play when he was fouled on a made 3-pointer. Wigginton netted all 13 of his first-half points in the final 6:35 of the period.
The Mountaineers trimmed the lead to 10 points with under nine minutes left in the game after the Cyclones had built an 18-point advantage. However, Weiler-Babb scored four points in a quick 6-2 Cyclone burst to push ISU back out in front, 67-53 with under eight minutes left.
ISU cruised the rest of the way.
Players of Note
Lindell Wigginton was again a spark off the bench, scoring 28 points. Wigginton tallied 13 of his points in the final 6:35 of the first half. He also had two rebounds and two steals. Wigginton has given the Cyclones a lift as a reserve in the last two games, scoring 46 points (23.0 ppg) in a pair of ISU victories.
Nick Weiler-Babb was a steady force in the victory tonight. The senior had 14 points, six rebounds, three assists and tied a career high in steals with four. Weiler-Babb was 3-of-5 from the field and 7-of-7 at the charity stripe.
Iowa State remains at home, playing host to Texas on Saturday (Feb. 2). Tipoff is at 1 p.m. CT.