The only blight on the night was Harris' ejection for a flagrant 2 foul with 4:25 remaining. Hogue jumped for a rebound and appeared to kick Noreen in the chest as he came down. Morris grabbed the loose ball, dribbled once and went up and was clubbed in the face by Harris.
Harris said he swung his right arm down at the ball, missed and caught Morris flush on the right side of his face. Morris had tucked the ball in his right side, opposite of where he was hit by Harris. The officials reviewed the play on a monitor for a few minutes and ejected Harris.
It doesn't carry an automatic ejection, though it could be reviewed further by the Big 12.
"It was just a decision they made," Harris said. "I can't do anything about it, just like any other call they make. There's nothing I can do about it."
Morris, though, suggested the Mountaineers were intent on sending a message after they felt Hogue got away with kicking Noreen.
"Staten walked up to me and asked me if I was fine, but he said (Harris) did that because I guess Dustin had kicked one of his players and that was payback or whatver," Morris said. "It hurt."
Staten denied the allegation. He said he did ask who Harris fouled and checked to see if Morris was hurt. Staten said he told Morris that WVU wasn't trying to do anything unsportsmanlike at that point in the game.
"We were winning by 30," Staten said.
The first half was merely WVU's best 20 minutes since joining the conference before last season. The Mountaineers made 20 of 40 shots and 7 of 13 3-pointers for a 52-33 lead. Never in Big 12 play have they scored more points in a half - though they got within two points with their second half.
It was about as unexpected as it was emphatic. Henderson, who only took three shots in Saturday's loss to Kansas, made his first three in the opening 3:11. WVU kept pushing and piled made shots by Henderson, Dibo, Staten and Browne atop seven straight ISU misses for a 25-14 lead. Harris didn't even score until 6:58 remained in the first half and his deep 3 made it 33-18.
A 3 from Niang and then two free throws would later get ISU within 11 points, but WVU went on a 12-2 run.
An excited, though understandably anxious, crowd saw the Cyclones loitering to start the second half. They got as close as 58-44 with 15:59 remaining on Niang's three-point play, but Staten made a free throw and Iowa State committed consecutive turnovers. Harris then had seven straight points as part of a 17-4 run, capped by Adrian's steal and layup for a 75-48 lead with 11:45 to go.
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