Monte Morris swears there’s no revenge on his mind for what one media outlet called a “Kung Fu Fight.” Ballers from Michigan, like Morris, are tough. Getting punched in the head while attempting a layup has been part of his life. He could have even been the one dealing the blow, back in the day. Rub it. Maybe ice it. And then move on. That’s his mindset when the 15th-ranked Cyclones and West Virginia meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, this time at Hilton Coliseum. Retribution for a play that led to an ejection isn’t Morris’ objective. “The only revenge I have is to play better than we did,” Morris said Monday before practice. “That’s the only revenge.” The last time the teams met, West Virginia made 13 of its 22 3-point attempts, the Cyclones missed 19-of-23 from that distance and the Mountaineers ran off the court with a 102-77 victory that was Iowa State’s worst loss since a 26-point setback at Colorado in the 2010-11 season, coach Fred Hoiberg’s first at the school. “They handed it to us,” Hoiberg said Monday of the Feb. 10 loss. “It was a bad performance by our team, and (West Virginia) had a lot to do with it. “They came out with a greater sense of urgency. We’ve been better since that one.” The circumstances surrounding the first game’s ending started with Iowa State’s Dustin Hogue kicking Kevin Noreen in the midsection while leaping high to retrieve Sherron Dorsey-Walker’s missed shot. Morris ended up with the loose ball and moved toward the basket for a layup. As he went airborne, Morris was smacked by Eron Harris.
Iowa State ready for another fight with West Virginia - just not the 'Kung Fu' kind
Des Moines Register | Feb 26