OSU notebook: Eventually, 3-pointers doom Cowboys

After containing Iowa State's perimeter shooters for much of the night, the Cyclones' final four baskets were 3-pointers, including a banked-in shot at the buzzer by Scott Christopherson that lifted his team to a 71-68 victory.
BY JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writer, jhelsley@opubco.com Modified: January 18, 2012 at 11:10 pm •  Published: January 18, 2012

The 11 assists were a season-high, as were OSU's 21 team assists, the most in a Big 12 road game in Travis Ford's four seasons with the Cowboys.


The Cowboys return home Saturday to face No. 25 Kansas State in a 12:30 p.m. tip at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

K-State improved to 13-4 overall, 2-3 in the Big 12 with an 84-80 win over Texas in Manhattan.


Freshman Christien Sager, a walk-on awarded a one-year scholarship that became available, made his Cowboys debut in the first half against Iowa State.

The Wichita Falls Rider High (Texas) product had offers from several smaller schools but chose instead to walk on at OSU. Sager averaged 19 points as a senior at Rider and has drawn positive reviews from the Cowboys coaches.


* The Cowboys' Big 12 road losing streak was extended to 13 games with Wednesday's loss.

* OSU has played 18 games, with Wednesday night's starting five – Brown, Keiton Page, Le'Bryan Nash, Brian Williams and Michael Cobbins – representing the 11th different starting lineup.

* Nash, after a slow first half, scored 17 of his 21 points after intermission, matching his career high.

* Tyrus McGee, an Iowa State junior college transfer who played high school ball at Stringtown, scored 17 points off the bench for the Cyclones. McGee hit five 3-pointers and also grabbed a team-high nine rebounds.

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