MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Each member of DeAndre Kane's family had a personalized T-shirt or sweatshirt - some cardinal with gold lettering, others predominantly gold - with their relation to Kane for all to see.
There was Kane's mom, Kane's brother and Kane's sister. Even Kane's grandmother was inside the WVU Coliseum on Monday night. The cluster of supporters, most of whom made the 74-mile trek from Pittsburgh's Hill District to see the former Marshall University basketball star, tried to make a difference. Kane, a three-time all-Conference USA selection who this season is on the Wooden Award Midseason top 25, tried too.
But Monday night belonged to the Mountaineers, not the 24-year-old senior who made his return to the state he called home for four years.
West Virginia, playing its third game against a nationally ranked opponent in six days, pushed Kane and his Iowa State teammates around in nearly a record-setting way. The Mountaineers won by 25 points, 102-77, for one of the program's most lopsided victories ever against a ranked team. WVU's 30-point win over Temple in 1998 sits at the top of that list.
It is the second time in less than a week WVU (15-10, 7-5 Big 12) has defeated a ranked team after not accomplishing the feat in its previous 16 tries over a 25-month span. The Mountaineers put 100-plus points on a top 25 team for just the sixth time ever. The last time: West Virginia's memorable 111-105 double overtime win against Wake Forest in the 2005 NCAA tournament.
Iowa State (18-5, 6-5 Big 12), ranked No. 11 in the Associated Press poll, No. 8 in the RPI and with all of its four losses coming against RPI-top-30 teams, trailed by as many as 32 points before coach Bob Huggins subbed in his walk-ons. The Cyclones' other four losses this season - a sweep at the hands of Kansas and road games against Oklahoma and Texas - came by a combined 33 points.
Kane, who finished with 14 points, six rebounds and five turnovers, stood feet away from his family and friends when he described the shellacking in five words:
"We got our tail kicked," he said.
At Marshall, Kane and the Thundering Herd beat West Virginia during his freshman season, 75-71. The next two seasons, the Herd lost by a combined 26 points - one point more than Monday night's game in front of a crowd of 8,177.
The Cyclones started the season 14-0 and cracked the top 10 of the national polls before stumbling in three of four Big 12 games. They had won three consecutive games before their trip to Morgantown and entered as 2-point favorites.