OSU notebook: Cyclones got what they wanted

BY JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writer, jhelsley@opubco.com Published: February 7, 2012

With :04.7 remaining, down 69-67, Iowa State wanted the ball in the hands of Chris Allen, who had already scored 22 points and fired in five second-half 3-pointers.

And that's what the Cyclones got.

Problem was, OSU's Le'Bryan Nash swatted Allen's running shot at the buzzer, preserving the Cowboys win.

“We executed our play,” said ISU coach Fred Hoiberg. “We had a big guy guarding Chris, and he took it in there, made a move. We thought he could get in there and get fouled or go for the layup.

“He was obviously the hot guy for us at the time, and we wanted to get the ball in his hands and let him make a play.”

The Cowboys might have gotten something unexpected with Nash's block.

Nash noted that OSU coach Travis Ford probably considers him the “weak link” on defense.

“He said that, right?” Ford said, following his players into the post-game press conference. “LB has come so far defensively. He has his moments where he's a really good defender and you saw one there at the last second, so that's what counted.

“But I'm sure he thinks that, as much as we're yelling his name on defense. So I can see where he'd think that.”

And Ford apparently is not alone.

“LB blocking a game-winning shot? It's unusual,” said Cowboys sophomore Markel Brown. “Usually, he doesn't get up off the ground.”

COBBINS UNSUNG HERO

Freshman forward Michael Cobbins was the only OSU starter not to reach double-figure scoring.

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