Oklahoma State Survives at Home Against Iowa State in OT

It may not have been the marquee game of the night in the Big 12 but Iowa State and Oklahoma State put on one heckuva of a show in Stillwater. The Cowboys ended up surviving in overtime against the game Cyclones by a score of  96-87.

It appeared late in the second half that the Clones may get a hard fought road win in Gallagher-Iba but a Keiton Page three pointer tied it up and forced the game into OT. In the overtime the Cowboys wore down the visiting Cyclones to gain the victory.

For the game Iowa State took an astounding 33 three pointers and hit 13 of them for a 39.4% average. In the extra session they only hit 1-5 attempts although two of the attempts were under ten seconds remaining with the game already decided.

In the first half Oklahoma State kept trying to push out to a big lead but Iowa State continued to keep it close. Towards the end of the first half Iowa State hit 3 three pointers to make it a tie game at 38 heading into intermission.

The second half opened up with Jamie Vanderbeken nailing consecutive three pointers to give Iowa State an early six point lead. The highest margin Iowa State would get to would be a nine point lead before the Cowboys begin their comeback.

The Cylcones were led by Diante Garrett with 25 points but Jamie Vanderbeken continued his hot shooting from the outside as he went 6-10 from long range. In the win against Baylor, Vanderbeken went a ridiculous 7-8 from deep so that brings his two game total to 13-18 from three point range. Not shabby for a player listed at 6'11" and 250 lbs who plays center for Fred Hoiberg's squad. He finished with 20 points and 8 rebounds.

On the other side J.P. Olukemi had another rock solid game as he scored 29 points and was a perfect 12-12 from the free throw line. Keiton Page and Marshall Moses both scored in double figures with 19 and 18 points respectively.

The loss moves Iowa State to 1-3 in Big 12 but they could just as easily be 3-1 as they have lost road nail-biters to Nebraska and now Oklahoma State. The Cowboys avoid  dropping a game they could not afford to lose and move to 2-2 in the conference.

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