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No. 16 Iowa St. beats No. 19 Oklahoma St. in 3OT

Feb 04, 2014

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma State's bad fortunes got worse on Monday night.

The Cowboys, who were coming off losses to Oklahoma and Baylor and were reeling after backup guard Stevie Clark was kicked off the team earlier in the day, got another punch in the gut from Iowa State. DeAndre Kane had 26 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists to help the 16th-ranked Cyclones defeat No. 19 Oklahoma State 98-97 in triple overtime.

Clark was kicked off the team after his second arrest of the new year, costing the Cowboys depth that would have been valuable in such a lengthy game.

"It's been frustrating, coming off the Baylor loss and losing Stevie, one of our key teammates and one of my good friends," Oklahoma State's Le'Bryan Nash said. "It's hard, but we have to fight through it. Life moves on and we have to get ready for Texas Tech."

The win was Iowa State's first in Stillwater since March 2, 1988 — a span of 18 games. It came on a night in which Oklahoma State honored former coach Eddie Sutton — who never lost at home to the Cyclones in 16 years.

Melvin Ejim had 22 points and 12 rebounds, Georges Niang scored 17 points and Dustin Hogue added 10 points and 13 rebounds for the Cyclones (17-4, 5-4 Big 12), who have beaten six ranked teams this season.

Nash scored 26 points, Marcus Smart had 20 points and eight assists and Markel Brown added 19 points and 10 rebounds for Oklahoma State (16-6, 4-5), which lost its third in a row.

The chain of events left normally talkative Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford with little to say.

"We had our chances," Ford said. "We didn't rebound the basketball at crucial times. Obviously, Iowa State made big shots and had big rebounds. We didn't rebound when it counted. We didn't make a couple shots when it counted, but the guys played hard."

Iowa State made just enough plays in the final overtime to pull out the win. Monte Morris hit a 3-pointer from the corner with 43 seconds left in the third overtime to put Iowa State up 96-95.

Nash misconnected on a pass to Brian Williams, and Oklahoma State turned the ball over with 22 seconds left. Naz Long made two free throws with 21.8 seconds to play, extending Iowa State's lead to three.

Brown dunked, then Williams stole the ball to give the Cowboys a shot at the win. Smart missed a fadeaway, and Oklahoma State retained possession on a tie-up on the rebound. Nash missed a baseline jumper as time expired, and the Cyclones celebrated.

Kane committed his fourth foul with 1:40 left in the second overtime and Oklahoma State leading 87-86. Nash scored in close to bump the Cowboys' lead to three.

Iowa State's Matt Thomas and Kane missed shots, and Smart pulled in the rebound. Oklahoma State had a chance to put the game away, but Brown missed a mid-range fadeaway, and Iowa State called a timeout, down 89-86 with 15.9 seconds remaining.

Thomas missed a three, but Kane rebounded, and Long's 3-pointer with 1.4 seconds left tied the game.

Iowa State had a chance to win at the end of the first overtime with the scored tied at 83. Morris drove to the hoop, but Brown blocked his shot from behind to force the second extra period.

Niang fouled out with 1:05 left in regulation and Iowa State leading 74-73. Brown made the two free throws after the foul to give Oklahoma State a 75-74 lead.

Ejim missed the first and made the second of two free throws to tie the score at 75 with 44 seconds to play.

Nash's shot down low was blocked by Dustin Hogue, giving Iowa State another shot. Kane missed a 3-pointer, and a putback dunk by Ejim came after the buzzer.

Ford said his team's effort was better than in the previous two losses, but there's only one real way out of the skid.

"We have to weather the storm," Ford said. "We have to get a win. One at a time."


IOWA ST. (17-4)

Ejim 5-15 10-14 22, Hogue 4-6 2-4 10, Niang 8-15 0-0 17, Morris 3-5 3-4 10, Kane 10-23 3-4 26, Dorsey-Walker 0-0 0-0 0, Long 1-5 2-2 5, Thomas 3-9 0-0 8. Totals 34-78 20-28 98.

OKLAHOMA ST. (16-6)

Nash 10-20 6-7 26, Williams 7-11 1-3 15, Murphy 2-3 3-4 7, Brown 5-14 7-8 19, Smart 6-14 7-9 20, Forte, III 4-8 0-0 9, Sager 0-0 0-0 0, Hammonds 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 34-70 25-33 97.

Halftime_Iowa St. 36-32. End Of Regulation_Tied 75. End Of 1st Overtime_Tied 83. End Of 2nd Overtime_Tied 89. 3-Point Goals_Iowa St. 10-33 (Kane 3-8, Ejim 2-6, Thomas 2-8, Niang 1-3, Morris 1-3, Long 1-4, Hogue 0-1), Oklahoma St. 4-15 (Brown 2-5, Forte, III 1-4, Smart 1-5, Nash 0-1). Fouled Out_Murphy, Niang. Rebounds_Iowa St. 47 (Ejim, Hogue 13), Oklahoma St. 42 (Brown, Nash 10). Assists_Iowa St. 22 (Kane 9), Oklahoma St. 11 (Nash 5). Total Fouls_Iowa St. 23, Oklahoma St. 20. A_10,132.

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