AMES, Iowa -- Iowa State's up-tempo offense finally found the gas pedal to start Wednesday's second half and used an 18-4 run to create just enough distance to withstand another West Virginia comeback and beat the Mountaineers, 69-67, before 13,148 at the Hilton Coliseum.
Yet it was far more complex and not nearly as compact for the Cyclones, who have now won 17 straight home games.
They led 56-38 with 9:04 remaining, but were outscored 29-13 the rest of the way and only escaped overtime when Will Clyburn's one assist of the game set up Georges Niang's game-winning layup with 2.5 seconds to go.
"Being down 18 really doesn't mean anything now that we came all the way back, but it would have been much better to finish and get a good win on the road," WVU guard Jabarie Hinds said.
Clyburn followed a game-tying 3 by Hinds with 11.5 seconds to go by dribbling up the court, spinning into the paint and slipping between WVU's Juwan Staten and Aaric Murray to find Niang all alone.
WVU got the ball to freshman Eron Harris at mid-court, but Harris couldn't get off a shot in a crowd and went to the floor as time expired and his coaches and teammates jumped and screamed.
"I saw the same thing you saw, the exact same thing you saw," WVU Coach Bob Huggins said.
Harris started for the first time in place of freshman Terry Henderson, who stayed home with a back injury. Harris was visibly upset on the court with the call, but wouldn't voice his displeasure.
"I'm more upset we were down in the first place," he said. "We should have gotten those stops. The end of the game depends on how you play at the beginning. The game depends on that. If we do what we're supposed to do earlier, we're never in that spot."
Hinds led all scorers with 20 points, his fourth straight game in double figures after just one in the first 12 games. Harris added a career-high 17 points and made 4-of-7 from 3-point range.
Juwan Staten came off the bench after sitting out the second half against Texas and all of Saturday's home loss to Kansas State and had seven points, seven assists and five rebounds. Kevin Noreen had one point and 10 rebounds as WVU outrebounded the Big 12's leader in rebounding average and rebounding margin, 41-35.
Matt Humphrey, who hadn't played the past four games, added nine points on 3-for-4 shooting from 3-point range.
"It's just what I do," he said. "I can't control some of the things that happen, but when Coach calls on me and says it's time to play, that's what I can go in and do."