As I was driving home listening to John & Eric on the post game, I did the bad thing and think of the what-ifs. I thought of five games we lost by a combined 15 points. Then I heard Curtis, and he was saying that heading to Waco they need to play Cyclone basketball. He was making a statement saying they won't take the Baylor Bears lightly as Coach Morgan reminded the team that they lost two years ago down there just when Baylor was being hit with the turmoil.
As I was driving home listening to
John & Eric on the post game, I did the bad thing and think of the what-ifs.
I thought of five games we lost by a combined 15 points. Then I heard Curtis,
and he was saying that heading to Waco they need to play Cyclone basketball. He
was making a statement saying they won't take the Baylor Bears lightly as Coach
Morgan reminded the team that they lost two years ago down there just when
Baylor was being hit with the turmoil. Curtis continued by praising the
defensive play of Jiri, Shawn and Ross against the much bigger, let's just say
it, the tanks down low for the Cowboys.
After a rough start trailing 16-8
with 14:17 to go in the first half, Mario Boggan had three lay-ups, (he ended up
being 7-9 on the night, all lay ins) and JamesOn Curry hit a wide open three.
The Cyclones tightened up the defense and looked the best since the home game
against Colorado and went on a 23-8 run the rest of
the way and never lost the lead. This is something that hasn't happened as of
late. It was hard to take the lead and Iowa State didn't do it until 4:20 left as
Stinson made two free throws. I haven't said that in awhile. Stinson was what he
needed to be tonight, playing with a banged up left wrist as he had ice on it
early in the first half but didn't let that bother him the rest of the game. He
finished 6-9 at the line, a vast improvement over how he's shot in the past
Coach Morgan backed off the press
a little and forced the young guards of Oklahoma State to squeeze some passes
that they shouldn't have been attempting and it was the turnovers that brought
forth the Cyclones of old capped off with Rahshon Clarks tip in at the buzzer
for a 31-24 lead at the half. The adjustments that the coaching made tonight was
very impressive as even though Boggan finished with 17 points all in the paint,
he did not score in the last nine minutes of the game when it counted the most.
Ross stepped in the passing lanes, Shawn tried to body up underneath and Jiri
hustled from side to side when the Cowboys reversed the ball. Now just bottle
that up for the last three games.
This Cowboy team is young and will
be a factor in the next couple years, but they just won their biggest game of
the year against first place Texas as the Cyclones were coming off a
heartbreaking loss against the Sooners. This was a big win as they; snapped a
four game losing streak, showed the Cyclone faithful who were there, (lose who
didn't come shame on you!) that they are not giving up, and ended a six game
losing streak to these Cowboys was important in gaining back momentum.
St. held a 9-2 records against the Cyclones since the
Big 12 was formed. One of our wins was with Fizer in the Big 12 tournament in
Three ball a no
Neither team shot well from three
point lane. Especially ISU as they ended up being 1-12 in the game. Okie St was 5-24 and
early on in each half they did get good looks. One thing that was bothersome is
that Jiri Hubalek rushed a couple of his attempts when we had the lead and only
12 seconds had run off the shot clock. There needs to be more patience with the
three as Rahshon showed that he doesn't need to connect from three-point range
to have a good game. He found seams in the defense and used his leaping ability
to grab some offensive put backs.
ISU outscored OSU 26-6 on points
off turnovers. As I stated earlier this week in my From the Balcony, the
Cyclones have forced more turnovers in every game this year and tonight was no
Fouls finally went Iowa State's way as the aggressive and physical
Cowboys were called for 27 vs ISU's 11. OSU had two players foul out and two
more with four each.
Iowa State till needs to improve the free
throw % but will take outscoring the opponent 17-7 any night. Bad thing was
ISU is now 10-2 when connecting on
15 or more free throws in a game.
Tasheed Carr was in street clothes
and was told that he had stomach illness.
Cyclones improved to 8-1 when they
out-rebound their opponent as they did tonight 41-32.
They also improved to 7-1 when
holding other team to 69 points or less.
Will Blalock move into #24 spot on
ISU's career scoring list passing Al Koch surpassing 1,000 points for his
career. He now has 1006 points.
Curtis need five more steal to
pass Jeff Grayer into forth place in steals.
Hurray for Jeff Bergstrom as he
came into the game in the final minute and did an excellent pump fake on OSU's
Cooper and dipped under for 10ft jumper. ISU's bench outscores Cowboys