Cameron McGriff and Lindy Waters combined for 30 points but it wasn’t enough to rally Oklahoma State to a conference opening win in Stillwater. Instead it was Iowa State walking off the court with a 69-63 win that left OSU both encouraged and disappointed.
The Cowboys shot 78.6% from the free throw line, grabbed 41 boards, and forced 10 turnovers against the Cyclones but it was poor shooting from the floor and turnovers that ended up costing them the opportunity to upend the, now 10-2, Cyclones.
Oklahoma State shot 37.9% from the floor and 30.8% from the 3-point line in their losing effort, but the main culprit was the twelve turnovers that gave ISU extra opportunities to score.
The Cyclones jumped out to a 20-9 lead through the first eight and a half minutes of the game but Oklahoma State used a 27-15 run to close out the half and went into the break with a 36-35 lead thanks to a Thomas Dziagwa 3-point shot with just 35 seconds left.
Iowa State started the second half on a 6-0 run but a 3-point shot by Waters temporarily stopped the momentum and put OSU back on top 44-43. Oklahoma State’s rally wouldn’t last long though as Iowa State’s Tyrese Haliburton gave the Cyclones the lead back with a three-ball just over a minute later.
The Cowboys would never lead again but they would draw back as close as 61-58 on a Michael Weathers layup with just under two and a half minutes remaining.
Iowa State’s Lindell Wigginton came off the bench to lead all scorers with 17 points. Marial Shayok, the Big 12’s second leading scorer, finished the night with 16 points for the Cyclones.
The Cowboys are back in action on Saturday when they travel to Norman for the first round of Bedlam.