Iowa State went down to Stillwater to take on Oklahoma State in their Big 12 opener, and defeated the Pokes 69-63 to improve to 11-2 on the season and 1-0 in the Big 12 play.
Iowa State jumped out to as much as a 12 point lead in the first half but Oklahoma State would not go away. Going on a run of their own after the Cyclone run, the Cowboys cut the Iowa State lead down to 4. The Cyclones would answer and expand the lead to 8, but would fall asleep on the defensive end of the floor coupled with poor shot selection gave Oklahoma State a 36-35 lead at the break.
Marial Shayok would lead the way for the Cyclones at the break with 11 points. Lindell Wigginton in his second game back from injury added in 10 of his own in the first half. Michael Jacobson, who seemed to always score 20 points a game, was held scoreless during the first frame.
Iowa State would come back out and gain the lead back after two straight Nick Weiler-Babb three pointers. The game seemingly went back and forth, as both teams shot under 40% for much of the second half. Oklahoma State would keep things close, but Lindell Wigginton hit a huge three pointer under 1:30 left to give Iowa State a 64-58 lead. The Cyclones would go to the free throw line to finish out the game.
Lindell Wigginton led the way for Iowa State with 17 points off the bench. Marial Shayok added 16 points but did so shooting poorly from the floor. Skayok shot 4-17 from the field and 3-11 from deep. Iowa State will have to find a way to make Shayok more consistent or at least have him pick his shots instead of taking everything in front of him. Nick Weiler-Babb had 15 points of his own on the night.
The Cyclones weren’t pretty tonight, but on the road in college basketball, getting the win is the only thing that matters. Iowa State will now host Kansas at Hilton Coliseum on Saturday as we will get a really good feel for where this team is at. They will also have a shot at a 2-0 start in conference play, something that hasn’t been done in quite some time.