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OSU basketball: Le'Bryan Nash leads Cowboys to win over Iowa State

OKLAHOMA STATE 69, IOWA STATE 67 — Le'Bryan Nash drilled a 15-footer to put the Cowboys in the lead and then swatted away the Cyclones' final shot at the buzzer.
BY JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writer. Published: February 7, 2012

Still, there he was, in the big moment.

“He's a heck of a player,” said Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg. “The kid hit a big-time shot at the end of the game. He's a matchup problem when he plays the four, because of his ability to step outside and hit shots. That's why we went small for quite a bit of the game.

“Give the kid credit; he stepped up and hit a huge shot.”

And Nash wasn't done, with some defensive work still to come.

Said Allen: “I saw two guys running at me, and I thought, ‘If I'm gonna go out like this, I better get to the hole because maybe I'll get a foul or a wide-open shot.' Once I turned that corner, it seemed like I had a good shot.

“(Nash) is a great athlete, and he made a great play. It was clean. Coach set it up for me and trusted me, but I couldn't come up with it.”

OSU improved to 12-12 overall and 5-6 in the Big 12, while the Cyclones had their three-game winning streak snapped, falling to 17-7 and 7-4.

Iowa State lost for the 17th straight time in Gallagher-Iba, a skid that dates back to 1988.

The Cowboys trailed 32-31 at halftime, with Nash carrying the scoring load.

Brown, who finished with a team-high 19 points, provided the second-half spark with three dunks, two highlight worthy.

Overall, OSU had four starters finish in double figures scoring — Brown, Nash, Keiton Page and Brian Williams — with the fifth starter, Michael Cobbins, grabbing a game-high 14 rebounds.

It was the first time since Dec. 10 loss to Pittsburgh that the Cowboys had four in double figures and the first time all season that four starters posted double digits.

And it turned around a last-second loss to Iowa State in Ames, when Scott Christopherson banked in a 3-pointer at the buzzer for a 71-68 Cyclones win.

“It's always good to get a win at home,” Brown said. “They got us on a last-second shot — which I thought we should have won — at their house.

“We weren't going to let that happen again.”