Iowa State continues to be OSU’s kryptonite as Oklahoma State has not won since 2013. In the third loss against the Cyclones, Jawun Evans scored 20+ points for the third time in the season series and in double-digits for the 13th straight game. Even a combined 40 points from the second and third best scorers in the Big 12 couldn’t stop Iowa State from hitting 12 3-pointers at a 50% pace in a 92-83 win over the Cowboys.
This was a game of runs, but mainly runs Oklahoma State had to make to try to stay in the game. 12 points was the biggest point-differential in the first half with the Cowboys cutting it down to three going into the half, but the lead got right back to where it was in the second with the Cyclones never trailing in the final half.
The same cast of characters hurt the Cowboys the third time around as first-team All-Big 12 player Monte Morris was one assist away from a triple-double with 21 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. Even with Morris getting his and All-Big 12 third-teamer Deonte Burton scoring 17 with 10 boards, Oklahoma State trailed by only five with less than 9 minutes to go because the Cowboys managed to turn the ball over a season-low five times. While the Cowboy defense has been struggling of late, the offense has been on a tear scoring 80+ points in the past six games at a rate of 46% from the field.
The Cowboys need to carry the offensive momentum while corrected some defensive problems as they await their seeding in the Big Dance on Sunday.