The No. 16 Iowa State Cyclones defeated the No. 19 Oklahoma State Cowboys 98-97 in triple OT at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The Cyclones improved to 17-4 (5-4 Big 12), and the Cowboys fell to 16-6 (4-5 Big 12).
The Big 12 is arguably the most competitive conference in college basketball, and tonight’s game showed why. Both teams are ranked in the AP Top 25 despite heading into the game with four conference losses apiece. The Cyclones survived the triple OT thriller, but they could have easily ended up on the wrong side of the “Duel in Stillwater.”
With 12 seconds to play in the final OT, the Cyclones turned the ball over twice, giving the Cowboys a chance to win the game. Oklahoma State failed to score both times, giving the Cyclones the W.
DeAndre Kane led Iowa State with 26 points, nine rebounds, and nine assists. The 6′ 4″ guard from Pittsburgh is a fun player to watch. Melvin Ejim added a double-double with 22 points and 12 boards. Georges Niang scored 17 points, five boards, and four assists. Dustin Hogue registered a double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds.
The Cowboys were led by Le’Bryan Nash who scored 26 points, grabbed nine rebounds, and dished out four assists. Marcus Smart scored 20 points along with nine rebounds. Markel Brown netted 19 points and 10 boards, and Brian Williams finished with 15 points and five rebounds. The Cowboys need to do a better job distributing the ball in their next contest with only nine team assists.