After having continuously failed in Stillwater for 26 years, Iowa State has now won two straight in Gallagher-Iba Arena. Trailing 65-61, Iowa State ripped off a 9-0 run to end the game, coming away with a crucial 70-65 road win.
The Cyclones now sit just one game back of Kansas in the Big 12 standings and will be tested yet again on Saturday as they head south to battle with Texas in Austin. The win puts Iowa State at 19-6 overall and 9-4 in conference play.
Jameel McKay had a monster effort for Iowa State, scoring a game-high 17 points and grabbing a career-high 14 rebounds. He also blocked 4 shots and hit on 13-18 from the charity stripe.
On a (slightly) lesser note, Dustin Hogue scored 14 points and pulled down 7 rebounds and also hit an enormous three in the final minute to put Iowa State up 1. Monte Morris was simply electric in stretches, scoring 11 points while also dishing out 5 assists.
All that being said, it was a critical bucket from Georges Niang in the final minute that put Iowa State up 3 and all but clinched the victory. Niang battled through foul trouble throughout the night and was held scoreless in the first half, but wound up with 9 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists.
Iowa State was mostly dismal from the floor, shooting just 39.9% overall and 6-20 from deep, but managed to grab 18 offensive rebounds (to Oklahoma State's 4) and turned it over only 8 times, creating 14 more shots from the field than the Cowboys.
With the win, Iowa State snaps a 4-game road losing streak in conference play and will get a chance to make it two in a row on the road as they head to Texas to take on the Longhorns at 1 PM on Saturday.