Oklahoma State’s 5-game road win streak ends in Ames as the Cyclones celebrate their seven seniors, including preseasons Big 12 player of the year Monte Morris. Iowa State was on fire from beyond the arc hitting 15 3’s to edge past the surging Cowboys 86-83. The Cowboys couldn’t slow down Seniors Matt Thomas and Deonte Burton who combined for 55 points, while Thomas hit a career high 7 3-pointers.
OSU’s defense has been stellar of recent holding teams to under 80 points during its stretch of 10 wins in 11 games, while forcing at least 10 turnovers every game for the past six. The Cowboys only forced seven turnovers Tuesday and put the Cyclones on the line 21 times. The game stayed close with Iowa State pulling out to an 11 point lead late in the game but big shots from Jawun Evans kept them close. Evans’ 29 points extended his streak to 11 games scoring in double-figures and recorded his 12th game scoring 20 or more points this season. Although Evans looked like the best player on the court for most of the game, he didn’t get the help offensively from his teammates as only two other players, Leyton Hammonds and Phil Forte, scored in double-digits and combined for just two more points than Evans.
While outscoring the other Cowboys from the field, Evans reached the charity stripe 9 of his teams 14 times increasing his total to 177 shots from the free-throw line. These shots have been staples of Cowboys wins recently as OSU ended its streak of 35 consecutive made free-throws, which set a Big 12 record and helped put the Cowboys 4th in the country in free-throw percentage.
The Cowboys will try to finish out their regular season at home when #1 Kansas comes to town as Oklahoma State celebrates the few seniors on the team. It can’t be the “Jawun Shoe” from start to finish to pull this upset, contributions from Jefferey Carroll, Mitchell Solomon and better output from Phil Forte.