Instacap: OSU spoils senior night, beats Iowa State 53-36
Oklahoma State ruined Senior Night at the Hilton Coliseum, beating Iowa State 53-36 and snapping the Cyclones’ four-game winning streak while ending their own two-game skid.
It was a poor overall performance by both teams (the underhand!), but the Cowboys were able to take advantage of the Cyclone’s mistakes and pull off a nice late streak to win it.
It may have been ugly, but it was one hell of a defensive performance by the Pokes.
The Cyclones’ 36 is Iowa State’s lowest home point total since the arena opened in 1971 and the lowest a team has scored against OSU in the conference since the introduction of the shot clock in 1985-86. according to OSU. OSU held Iowa State to 28% from the field, Cyclones’ worst shooting performance since 2010-11 season
Avery Anderson recorded his seventh straight double-digit game, leading OSU with 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting. He also dished out three assists and caught five steals.
The Cowboys used a 9-0 run midway through the first half to go 17-9, taking advantage of eight first-half giveaways from Iowa State that they turned into eight points. But the Cowboys had their own weaknesses in the first period, committing 10 turnovers themselves.
The game got ugly and fast and the Cyclones got back to it at the break. Both teams finished the first half making just one of each of their last nine field goal attempts. The Cyclone missed nine straight field goal attempts, but Izaiah Brockington hit a long contested two with three seconds left in the half to draw it 22-20.
The Cowboys’ turnover issues didn’t end there, but neither did the Cyclones’ shooting issues. OSU gave it away eight times in the second half (but didn’t. The Cyclones tied it at 30 – all five and a half minutes of the last frame, but never. and never did the team scored for almost three minutes.
Oklahoma State built a 12-point lead as the hometown crowd chanted “Refs you suck!” And they might be right. Moments later, Robert Jones was called for an offensive goal on a handed-in dunk that was clearly off the cylinder.
The two teams combined for 38 turnovers, but OSU scored 17 points on 16 ISU errors – one point more than ISU scored as a team in the second half. The home side only managed six of 22 Cowboy TOs.
The Cowboys won the game on the glass, outscoring the Cyclones 24-10 in the second half and 45-27 overall. Iowa State shot under 11 with about three minutes left, but the Pokes grabbed three straight offensive rebounds to burn a minute off the clock and the home team just didn’t have the ball long enough to make a return. The ‘Clones had to start fouls to stop the clock and the Cowboys knocked down their last free Xs. OSU finished the game on a 17-3 run.
And the Cowboys did it without one of their best shooters. Bryce Thompson took a jab to the head and hit the deck late in the first half and did not return. He was left scoreless, missing all six field goal attempts.
Bryce Williams was OSU’s second leading scorer with nine points. Moussa Cissé scored eight points and grabbed 12 rebounds and smashed two blocks. Keylan Boone hadn’t played since Valentine’s Day but there was no love lost. He had an admirable comeback, scoring five runs and catching six boards.
The Cowboys could still avoid a losing record. With the win, the Cowboys move to 14-15 overall and 7-10 in Big 12 play. With an upheld postseason ban, Oklahoma State will be locked out of the Big 12 tournament, from so the Cowboys only have one game left in the season. They will wrap up their season at 2 p.m. Saturday in Stillwater where they will host Texas Tech.