NCAAB Game Recap - Iowa State at Oklahoma State
Wed Mar 11, 2020 7:00 PM EDT

DelSt
75
NCC
92
F
Manh
49
Sien
63
F
Boston
64
Colg
61
F
How
77
NCAT
86
F
Iona
54
StPet
56
F
App
68
TxSt
85
F
GaSo
81
GASt
62
F
Pitt
58
NCSU
73
F
Wash
70
Ariz
77
F
TXAMC
62
NWSt
79
F
Rice
76
FlInt
85
F
IdaSt
64
NoAZ
62
F
McNee
59
Lamar
80
F
UNC
53
Syr
81
F
UTEP
78
Marsh
86
F
WaSt
82
Colora
68
F
Ida
69
S UT
75
F
BC
58
ND
80
F
Cal
63
Stan
51
F
DeP
71
Xav
67
F
KansSt
53
TCU
49
F
TexSA
69
UAB
74
F
Sac
62
Web
54
F
Mia-FL
64
Clem
69
F
Utah
69
OrSt
71
F
FlAtl
66
OlDom
56
F
GTown
62
StJon
75
F
IaSt
71
OkSt
72
F
Ford
72
GrgWas
52
F
Nebras
64
Ind
89
F
Vand
73
Ark
86
F
StJos
70
GMas
77
F
NW
57
Minn
74
F
UGA
81
Miss
63
F

Mar 11, 2020, 7:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

T

(9) Iowa State (12-20)

32

39

71

(8) Oklahoma State (18-14)

34

38

72

Oklahoma State beats Iowa State 72-71 in Big 12 opener
Wed Mar 11, 2020 10:13 PM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Oklahoma State's Isaak Likekele silenced an arena full of Iowa State fans by going coast-to-coast for the go-ahead lay-up with 3.8 seconds left, lifting his eighth-seeded Cowboys to a 72-71 victory over the No. 9 seed Cyclones in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament on Wednesday night.

Likekele and the rest of his teammates had better get used to the silence.

The Cowboys (18-14) advanced to play top-ranked Kansas in the quarterfinals on Thursday, a game that will be played - like just about every conference tournament game - without any fans at the Sprint Center. The league made that decision about 30 minutes before the tournament began, and with fans already streaming through the doors for the opener.

"I think we'll be fine," Likekele said. "We'll create our own energy."

Likekele sure had energy to spare when it mattered Wednesday night.

He finished with 21 points for the Cowboys, who trailed almost the entire second half before taking the lead on his two free throws with 20.4 seconds left. The Cyclones (12-20) regained the lead when Terrence Lewis blew past the Oklahoma State defense for a layup with 8.9 seconds left, only to see Likekele race back the other way for his go-ahead bucket.

"A lot of times the other team is really excited and you can catch them off balance in that situation, so whoever gets the ball, inbound it and get up court as fast as you can," Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton said. "He did a great job reading the scenario and he made a great play."

The Cyclones had one last chance when they inbounded the ball with a couple ticks left on the clock, but Lewis never managed to get a tightly guarded shot up before the buzzer sounded to end the game.

Likekele also had nine assists and five rebounds for the Cowboys, who have won four straight to climb into the NCAA Tournament conversation. Cameron McGriff added 17 points and Yor Anei finished with 12.

Prentiss Nixon led Iowa State with 25 points. Michael Jacobson had 13 and Tre Jackson had 10.

"Thought we really competed, put ourselves in position to win the game. They just made one more play at the end," Iowa State coach Steve Prohm said. "We weren't able to get back in transition and they were able to get to the basket."

Despite warnings about the tournament potentially going on without fans, due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, the Cyclones still brought thousands to Kansas City. But for most of the first half, a team that has struggled to generate much momentum gave them little to cheer about, and Oklahoma State took a 34-32 lead into the locker room.

Iowa State finally found its stride early in the second half.

Beginning with a 3-pointer from Caleb Grill, the Cyclones embarked on a 15-2 run that forced Boynton to call timeout. Nixon had the final seven points during the charge, which brought injured star Tyrese Haliburton to his feet on the Iowa State bench and gave his team a 47-38 lead with just under 16 minutes to go.

The Cowboys slowly whittled away at their deficit throughout the second half, and a series of foul shots got them within 67-66 with 1:37 to go. Nixon answered with a step-back jumper for Iowa State, and McGriff followed with a pair of foul shots, as the two teams went toe-to-toe down the stretch of the Big 12 Tournament opener.

Oklahoma State was the team left standing at the end.

"You know, it's what we came here to do. We came here on a business trip," McGriff said. "We understood it was practically going to be a road game with their fans here and we stayed composed the whole game. We showed our resiliency to fight back."

FAREWELL, FANS

The decision to restrict fans - along with pep bands, cheerleaders and dance teams - was voted upon unanimously by the Big 12's board of directors. They received input from a number of entities, including public health officials, The University of Kansas Hospital, the Centers for Disease Control and the Kansas City Sports Commission.

"The attempt is to minimize the number of people here but still find a way to conduct the event," Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said. "These are unusual times and we've taken the steps that we think are appropriate."

BIG PICTURE

Iowa State is headed into a rebuilding offseason after having won 12 of their last 14 games at the Big 12 Tournament coming into the weekend. The Cyclones had won tournament titles in 2016, '17 and last season.

Oklahoma State could really give its Big 12 hopes a boost by beating the Jayhawks, though the Cowboys weren't very competitive in getting swept by the nation's top-ranked team during the regular season.

UP NEXT

Iowa State's season is over.

Oklahoma State advanced to play the No. 1 Jayhawks in the quarterfinals.

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Leaders

Iowa State PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
S. Young 0 0 2 1 0 0
P. Nixon 25 0 4 3 1 0
Oklahoma State PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
D. Mitchell 0 0 0 0 0 0
I. Likekele 21 0 9 5 3 1

Team Comparison

IaSt OkSt
Points For 71 72
Field Goals 28/61-46% 26/53-49%
Three Pointers 7/20-35% 3/13-23%
Free Throws 8/9-89% 17/22-77%
Offensive Rebounds 13 8
Defensive Rebounds 22 21
Rebounds 38 33
Blocks 2 3
Steals 5 6
Turnovers 15 13
Personal Fouls 19 15
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - OkSt Leads Series 2-1

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Tue Jan 21 OkSt 82 @ IaSt 89 C. Harris Jr. 1 Z. Griffin 2
Sat Feb 29 IaSt 61 @ OkSt 73 T. Jackson 3 I. Likekele 2
Wed Mar 11 IaSt 71 @ OkSt 72 T. Lewis 6 K. Boone 2

Game Information

Stadium: Sprint Center, Kansas City, Missouri
Attendance: 0
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