AMES (AP) — Iowa State’s Lindell Wigginton leapt into the lane to steal a pass, sprinted down the court and got fouled. He then casually flipped the ball underhanded toward the basket from 30 feet — and found the bottom of the net.
It was that kind of night for Wigginton, who has transitioned from a starter on a losing team to a lethal weapon off the bench for a winning one.
Wigginton scored a season-high 28 points and 20th-ranked Iowa State cruised past West Virginia 93-68 on Wednesday night.
Wigginton’s previous high for points this season was 18 on Saturday in a Top 25 road win at Mississippi, a sign that he’s 100 percent back from the foot injury.
“When you’ve got players and coaches that believe in you, you’re going to give it your all,” Wigginton said. “Your confidence is going to stay high.”
Marial Shayok scored 18 points for the surging Cyclones (16-5, 5-3 Big 12), who shot 26-of-39 inside the 3-point line and 29-of-33 from the free throw line.
After a somewhat sluggish start, Iowa State closed the first half on an 18-6 run to jump ahead by 17. West Virginia hung around, even using its shelved press defense to confuse the Cyclones and pull to within 61-51 with just less than 10 minutes left.
Iowa State then hit seven straight shots, a stretch capped when Wigginton’s three-point play made it 74-56 with 6:12 to go.