Big Loss in the Big D

Dallas - Iowa State's NCAA tournament dreams were shattered on Thursday night when the Cyclones were beaten by Sean Sutton's Oklahoma State Cowboys by a score of 79-70.

Dallas - Iowa State's NCAA tournament dreams were shattered on Thursday night when the Cyclones were beaten by Sean Sutton's Oklahoma State Cowboys by a score of 79-70.

 

It was the same old story for the Cyclones when they got down by as many as 18 points with 16:53 to go in the game, and fought back to get within two with 1:52 to go in the game.

 

"Obviously in the second half we played with the energy and the intensity we needed to but it wasn't enough," said Iowa State head coach Wayne Morgan.

 

In the end, Iowa State didn't have enough to fight back as Oklahoma State's duo inside was too much. Oklahoma State forward Mario Boggan had 23 points and nine rebounds on the game as he was 7-8 from the field. Boggan also went 9-9 from the free throw line. Boggan wasn't the only Cowboy big man to have a huge night. Torre Johnson had 20 points and went 9-11 from the field.

 

"I thought that would be a part of their game plan to really go inside, especially get the ball to Boggan. Johnson is a really good player and he had a fantastic first half, but even before the game started we had indicated those two guys that would be a part of what they were doing," said Morgan.

 

Free throw shooting was a key to this game as Iowa State struggled heavily from the line. The Cyclones were 7-17 from the line on the game while Oklahoma State went 21-21. That's a 14 point swing in free throws alone.

 

Once again, the Cyclones were out-rebounded in a loss. Oklahoma State had 43 rebounds compared to Iowa State's 28.

 

"I can't offer any excuses for it. We were out rebounded tonight. The thing that is upsetting is that in every game that we have either competed or out-rebounded our opponent we have won. We know that that is a key component that we have to get better at," said Morgan. 

 

Iowa State was led by Curtis Stinson with 22 points and 10 rebounds on the game. This was the third time this season when Stinson cracked the 20-10 barrier. In the loss, Stinson also became the third member in Big 12 history to earn 1,500 points, 400 rebound and 200 steals in his career. Cookie Belcher of Nebraska and Kirk Hinrich of Kansas are the other two players to accomplish that.

 

Will Blalock chipped in with 15 points and seven assists.

 

With the loss, Iowa State is now 16-14 on the season and will await their post-season future on Sunday night. CN will keep you updated.


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