Wednesday was Marcus Smart's birthday, so a day to celebrate. Yet it didn't finish the way he'd prefer.
“That's OK,” he said.
Interestingly, Smart turned just 19, quite young for a player considered a candidate for Big 12 and National Player of the Year honors.
“My whole life, everybody thought I was older than I was,” Smart said. “I'm the baby of the team.”
ROAD STREAK SNAPPED
The Cowboys had won five straight Big 12 road games before losing in Ames.
“That's way more than we had last year,” said Brown, referencing OSU's 1-8 mark on the conference road in 2012. “I'm very proud of those guys. We go out there and play hard. We still have things to play for.
“We want to go out there and continue to win, continue to play hard and continue to give it up for each other.”
To illustrate the road turnaround, OSU had won just six conference road games combined under Travis Ford before the streak began.
Hilton Coliseum has been tough on a lot of teams, with ISU now 8-1 at home in the Big 12 and 16-1 at home overall this season.