Senior night in Ames was not the same as it has been the past few years. For the first time in eight years, the Cyclones did not come out on top in the last home game of the year. Oklahoma State shot unconscious from behind the arc, connecting on 12-26 three pointers, but shot just 43% from the floor.
The biggest struggle tonight for Iowa State was keeping Oklahoma State off of the offensive glass. Even though OSU was inneffecient, the Cowboys pulled down 13 offensive rebounds, which resulted in 24 second chance points. The Cyclones effort was there tonight but Oklahoma State seemed to make every little play and grab every loose ball.
The future of Cyclone basketball showed some bright spots tonight; Lindell Wigginton had 20 points, a confident Terrence Lewis hit four triples en route to 12 points. Zoran Talley added another solid 15 point performance to go along with 5 rebounds.
The future also had some struggles tonight, Cameron Lard was ineffective with only two points. All the freshman struggled defensively, also. They are still learning and hopefully they hit their potential next year (or in Kansas City.)
The three seniors didn’t blow the roof off, but they gave 100% all the way until the end. Donovan Jackson got scorching hot at points, and connected on 5 three pointers to cap off his career in Hilton. Jeff Beverly had four points and Hans Brase didn’t score to go along with Jackson’s 17.
Up next for Iowa State? The Cyclones travel to Norman to close out the regular season against Oklahoma at 8 PM.