AMES, Iowa (AP) Taz Sherman hit two free throws with 6.4 seconds remaining and finished with 18 points as No. 17 West Virginia (12-5, 5-3 Big 12) held on to beat Iowa State (2-10, 0-7 Big 12) 76-72 on Tuesday night.
Sherman was 5 of 7 from the floor and made 7 of 8 shots from the line to lead the Mountaineers.
Solomon Young returned after missing two games due to COVID-related issues and scored 15 points. Tyler Harris also scored 15 points for Iowa State.
West Virginia moved out to a 63-48 lead on a 3-pointer by Sherman, but then Iowa State began chipping away.
The Cyclones closed within 74-72 with 1:37 remaining on jumper by Rasir Bolton, but Iowa State missed two shots in the final minute and committed a costly turnover.
Sherman hit two free throws in the final seconds to seal the win.
A layup and free throw by Young gave the Cyclones a 24-17 lead in the first half.
West Virginia countered with a 19-2 run. Miles McBride scored on a dunk and followed with a jumper, giving the Mountaineers a 34-26 advantage.
Iowa State missed nine straight shots as West Virginia seized control. The Mountaineers were up 42-31 at halftime.
West Virginia: The Mountaineers’ next six games are against ranked teams, starting with Saturday’s game against. No. 23 Kansas.
Iowa State: Plays three straight on the road, starting with Saturday’s game at No. 9 Oklahoma.