The basketball struggles continue for Oklahoma State’s 19th ranked Cowboys.
Just hours after head coach Travis Ford announced the dismissal of freshman guard Stevie Clark for repeated suspensions and arrests, OSU went out and fought hard but lost a 3-overtime thriller to 16th ranked Iowa State 98-97 before a national TV audience Monday night in Stillwater.
It was also a night when former Cowboys head man Eddie Sutton was honored before the game, along with the unveiling of a portrait of the ex-head coach who took two of his former OSU teams to “Final Four” competitions during his coaching days.
But back to the game. All-America guard Marcus Smart suffered through a dreadful opening half, but the sophomore rebounded with a tough final half and overtime sessions to finish with 20 points.
LeBryan Nash led the Pokes with 26, including 10 rebounds.
Markel Brown also had a “double-double” with 19 points and 10 boards and forward Brian Williams played his best game in months with 15 points and crucial defensive plays in the overtime periods.
After a Brown slam cut Iowa State’s lead to 98-97 with :12 left in the 3rd OT, Williams caused an Iowa State turnover and a chance for the Cowboys to take the lead seconds later.
But Smart missed a wild turnaround shot on the baseline in front of OSU’s bench, but Williams stepped in to tie up an Iowa State player, forcing a jump ball, and the possession arrow gave OSU still another chance to pull the game out.
But on the in-bounds with 2-seconds to play, Nash’s baseline fadeaway was short and Iowa State celebrated it’s first win against OSU in Stillwater since 1988.
The Cyclones had 5 players score in double figures led by splendid guard DeAndre Kane with 26 points. OSU, the co-favorite to win the Big 12 in the pre-season, now has a 4-5 mark in conference games and the Cowboys have lost three straight league games, including two in-a-row on their home court.
Next up? The Cowboys travel to Lubbock for a late-night game Saturday at 8:30pm against Tubby Smith’s Texas Tech Red Raiders.