OSU entered Wednesday night's matchup with Iowa State as the Big 12's second-ranked scoring defense, allowing just 61.2 points per game.
The Cyclones were the league's top scoring team – and the nation's No. 4 scoring offense – at 79.7.
So something had to give.
This time, it was the Cowboys, who surrendered a season-high point total in an 87-76 loss at Hilton Coliseum.
Iowa State shot 51.9 percent from the floor, scored inside and out and again proved difficult to handle with a spread offense that forces teams to cover every inch of the floor.
“They're very good at what they do,” said Cowboys guard Markel Brown. “Everybody on the court can shoot 3s, so they're able to step out and do ball-screen actions and get their big men into the plays to make 3s. They do a very good job of running their plays.”
UP NEXT: K-STATE, AND A SELLOUT
The Cowboys close the regular season Saturday, hosting Kansas State in a game that is officially a sellout.
K-State sits 14-3 and tied for first place with Kansas in the Big 12 standings. The Wildcats beat OSU in the first meeting, the conference opener for both schools, 73-67 on Jan. 5.
OSU officials are recommending that fans arrive early for the 12:30 pm game, which is also Senior Day. Student season-ticket holders will be allowed to enter the arena at 11:10 am. The doors will open 30 minutes earlier than normal, at 11:30 am. The game will also be televised by the Big 12 Network.
UNHAPPY BIRTHDAY FOR SMART
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.