ISU Beats Oklahoma State in Triple OT Thriller
The Cyclones were able to take sizable leads early in each half, but OSU fought back on each occasion to eventually take a lead. It was ISU who had to battle back and force overtime. The Cyclones got a four-point lead in the first overtime, but the Cowboys were able to rally and tie it up. The Cyclones had a chance for a last shot, but Monté Morris lost the handle on his baseline drive and was unable to get a shot up, leading to a second OT.
Down 89-86 with 15.9 seconds to go, Kane got a big rebound off a Matt Thomas missed 3-pointer and fed Naz Long for his first 3-pointer in over two weeks with 1.4 seconds left to tie the game and force a third overtime.
After empty possessions to start the overtime, Morris found Hogue open from 18-feet to put ISU back ahead at 91-89. Le’Bryan Nash, who carried OSU through the second overtime, drained a 14-footer of his own to tie it back up at 91-91. After a Melvin Ejim missed jumper, Marcus Smart powered his way inside for a lay-in to restore Oklahoma State’s lead at 93-91.
After both team missed 3-pointers, Kane got himself back to the free throw line and converted both shots to tie the game again at 93-93. Nash re-stored the Cowboys lead with another tough lay-in to make it 95-93. Hogue missed a 3-pointer on the ensuing possession to give the Cowboys another chance to put the game away. However, Brown lost the handle on his way to the hole and ISU was back on the run.
Long faked a drive to the hole and kicked it to Morris who nailed his first 3-pointer of the night to restore the ISU lead at 96-95 with 39.5 seconds remaining. Brian Williams got lose underneath the hoop, but Nash’s feed was just a little out of reach and, gave ISU the chance to increase its lead. Long was the man who made his way to the line, putting away both free throws to make it 98-95 Cyclones with 21.8 seconds to play.
The Cowboys got a quick two on a Markel Brown dunk to make it 98-97, the Cyclones then lost the in-bound pass to give it back to Okie State. Smart posted up Kane, but missed on the fadeaway. Hogue secured the rebound, but Williams was able to tie him up with 1.9 seconds left and the possession arrow favoring OSU. Nash got a look on the baseline, but it bricked off the rim and the Cyclones left victorious.
Keys to the Game (in regulation)
Iowa State took a 36-32 lead into halftime and started out the second half the same way they did the first half: through Georges Niang. The sophomore scored the first four points of the half, which was later followed by a Melvin Ejim 3-pointer to give ISU its biggest lead of the game at 46-37.
Oklahoma State slowly chipped away throughout the second half before tying the game back up at 61-61 on a lay-in by Marcus Smart. The Cowboys re-took the lead on their next possession on a pair of Markel Brown free throws.
OSU put together a few five-point leads, but the Cyclones re-took the lead via two Kane lay-ups and a big 3-pointer from Matt Thomas to make it 71-69 in favor of the visitors. Smart hit two free throws to tie it back up, but it did not last long as Kane drained a free throw to make it a one-point game for ISU. Ejim made it 74-71 for ISU with a lefty hook shot.
Kamari Murphy’s put-back dunk reduced the ISU lead to one. Niang missed on a drive and fouled Brown going for the rebound, putting an end to his night. Brown restored the OSU lead at the stripe at 75-74 in favor of Oklahoma State.
Ejim took it hard to the hole to draw a foul and evened the game back up at 75-75 with 44 seconds left after making one of two free throws.
Dustin Hogue made the biggest play of the night on defense as he rejected Le’Bryan Nash on a post-up to give the Cyclones one final shot in regulation. Kane fired a 3-pointer off the mark and Ejim slammed home the put-back, but it game after the buzzer and the game headed to overtime.
Cyclone Game Ball Goes to…
DeAndre Kane. The senior just missed out on a triple-double in the triple overtime game. The senior finished with a team-high 26 points on 10-of-22 shooting, 10 rebounds and nine assists. Kane had the challenge of going up against the Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year in Marcus Smart and put up one of the best efforts of his career.
Honorable mentions to Melvin Ejim, who had his seventh double-double of the season with 22 points and 12 rebounds, Georges Niang, who contributed 17 to the ISU cause without playing in any of the overtimes after fouling out and Naz Long, who came off the bench and made the clutch 3-pointer to force a third overtime and the two free throws that turned out to be the game-winner.
*Melvin Ejim started his 111th career game, putting him in a three-way tie for fifth in school history with Ron Harris (1981-84) and Barry Stevens (1982-85).
*Ejim passed Jeff Grayer (1985-88) for fourth in school history in career rebounds. Ejim now has 918 career boards.
*Ejim posted his seventh double-double of the season, the 29th of his career.
*Georges Niang scored in double figures for the 19th time this season and 41st time in his career.
*DeAndre Kane posted his eighth 20-point game of the season, and has scored in double figures in 18 of 21 games this season.
*Kane hit at least three 3-pointers for the second time this season, the other coming against Boise State on Dec. 25 in Hawaii.
*Sherron Dorsey-Walker played in his first game since at Texas on Jan. 18.
Fan Tweet of the Game
Iowa State returns to Hilton Coliseum Saturday for a game against TCU. The Cyclones and the Horned Frogs play at 3 p.m. in a game on the Big 12 Network.