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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Jevon Carter needed one assist to make history.

It turned out to be just one of his milestones on Saturday.

Carter scored 24 points as No. 21 West Virginia pulled away for an 85-70 victory over Iowa State.

With 15:59 left in the first half, Carter picked up his first assist of the game to become the first major-conference player in NCAA history to record more than 1,500 points, 500 rebounds, 500 assists and 300 steals in a career.

With 6:42 left in the second half, Carter reached another big number, surpassing 1,600 career points, becoming only the 14th player to do so in West Virginia program history.

“Like I always say, I don’t pay any attention to records until after I’m done,” Carter said. “After my last game, I’ll look back on my career. It’s big to be in the position that I’m in. It just goes to show you that hard work can take you anywhere.”

West Virginia (21-8, 10-6 Big 12) was held in check early by the short-handed Cyclones. Iowa State played only five starters and two reserves and led the Mountaineers by as much as four with 11 minutes left in the first half.

WVU clawed back to tie the game at 28 with 3:39 left, and then closed with an 11-2 run to take a 39-30 halftime lead. The Mountaineers opened the second half with an 8-2 run, and the Cyclones (13-15, 4-12) never recovered.

West Virginia out-rebounded Iowa State 47-27.

Lindell Wigginton led Iowa State with a game-high 29 points.

“He’s really good,” Mountaineers coach Bob Huggins said. “I was trying to find out if they had any more guys like that in Nova Scotia. He’s good. He can score it off the bounce, he shoots it off the catch and he’s just really good.”

Terrence Lewis added 12 points and Cameron Lard grabbed 10 rebounds.

“Jevon is really good and I’m glad he’s a senior,” Iowa State coach Steve Prohm said.

Iowa State remains winless on the road in the Big 12 with one opportunity remaining, at Oklahoma on March 2. The Cyclones will get Donovan Jackson back for their home game against Oklahoma State on Tuesday. Jackson missed Saturday’s game to attend his father’s funeral.

W. Virginia 85, Iowa St. 70

IOWA ST. (13-15) — Lard 3-5 2-4 8, Beverly 5-7 0-0 11, Talley 3-6 2-3 9, Wigginton 10-23 5-9 29, Lewis 3-12 3-4 12, Brase 0-1 0-0 0, Long 0-2 1-2 1. Totals 24-56 13-22 70.

WEST VIRGINIA (21-8) — Harris 0-2 0-0 0, Ahmad 7-12 2-2 18, Konate 6-14 2-2 14, Miles 3-9 6-6 14, Carter 9-17 5-7 24, Allen 1-3 0-0 2, Routt 0-0 1-2 1, Hunter 0-1 0-0 0, Bender 0-0 0-0 0, West 3-5 2-2 8, Bolden 1-2 0-0 2, Harler 0-1 2-2 2. Totals 30-66 20-23 85.

Halftime—West Virginia 39-30. 3-point goals—Iowa St. 9-22 (Wigginton 4-10, Lewis 3-8, Beverly 1-1, Talley 1-1, Brase 0-1, Long 0-1), West Virginia 5-18 (Ahmad 2-3, Miles 2-6, Carter 1-4, Bolden 0-1, Harris 0-2, West 0-2). Fouled out—Bolden, Long. Rebounds—Iowa St. 23 (Lard 10), West Virginia 42 (Ahmad 11). Assists—Iowa St. 15 (Talley 9), West Virginia 14 (Ahmad 3). Total fouls—Iowa St. 21, West Virginia 23.

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