OSU basketball: Iowa State clips Cowboys in three overtimes

Oklahoma State's slump continues. And the latest loss — a 98-97 setback to Iowa State on Monday night, could sting a while.
by John Helsley Published: February 3, 2014

STILLWATER – Oklahoma State’s slump continues.

And the latest loss – a triple-overtime, 98-97 setback to Iowa State Monday night – could sting a while.

The Cowboys owned leads late in the second and third extra periods, but couldn’t come up with the decisive play, whether a shot or rebound or defensive stop. And they lost for the third straight time, including a second consecutive game at Gallagher-Iba Arena, despite a gritty and exhausting effort that saw six players account for 171 of 174 minutes.

“They’re doing OK,” said OSU coach Travis Ford. “They’re disappointed, but we have to weather the storm. We have to get a win. One at a time.”

The Cowboys had chances against Iowa State.

Multiple chances, including the third overtime, when Marcus Smart and Le’Bryan Nash each missed shots on the baseline in the final seconds – Smart on a fadeaway 16-footer, and Nash on a 14-foot jumper as time expired.

No. 19 OSU fell to 16-6 overall and 4-5 in the Big 12, while No. 16 Iowa State improved to 17-4 and 5-4, winning at Gallagher-Iba for the first time since 1988.

“It’s been a long week,” said Cowboys guard Brian Williams. “We tried to just bounce back from that Baylor loss (Saturday), that was a close one, too. It was one of those thrillers that we thought we would come out on the good end but we didn’t.

“So, we regrouped and thought we would come out and get this win tonight. I feel like we made a stride in the right direction. We don’t accept moral victories, but I feel like we definitely made a stride in the right direction. We need to figure something out soon to get back on a winning streak.”

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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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