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Cyclones Fall in Stillwater, 73-61

Iowa State’s winning streak is halted at one.

NCAA Basketball: Iowa State at Oklahoma State Rob Ferguson-USA TODAY Sports

On today’s edition of “Why Iowa State Plays The First 6 Minutes Not On The Correct Channel”, Cowboy and Cyclone fans had no other choice the privilege to watch an 11-18 (5-11, AAC) East Carolina squad host the likes of the lesser Hurley brother and UConn who sat at a mere 16-12 (7-8, AAC). The Huskies were able to hand the 3rd Carolina a fat L, 84-63. Now to Stillwater, where the Cyclones are taking on Oklahoma State. Both teams sit at the bottom of the Big 12 only ahead of Kansas State (suck it, K-State, also suck it Baylor for losing).

Rasir Bolton started the game hot, scoring 7 points in the first 2 minutes. Prentiss Nixon was able to scoop in a layup to cap of the scoring in the first 4 minutes before the media timeout where the ‘Clones led, 9-4.

Okie State decided they were not going anywhere and came out of the break on a quick 8-4 spurt, before Iowa State settled back in and started making some hustle plays on the defensive end. Bolton continued to do his thing throughout the early first half, scoring 10 points in the first 10 minutes to lead all scorers. OSU’s Cam McGriff answered Bolton’s quick start and was able to get the Cowboys rolling on both ends of the floor. Thomas Dziagwa of the Pokes hit a 3 from deep, then backed up and hit another, and then eventually hit one from the parking lot to take advantage of Iowa State’s stagnant offense and poor defense. Even though the Cyclones began to let this close game slip away, they were able to hang around. Despite Iowa State missing 6 of their last 7 shot attempts, the ‘Clones only trailed by 7 at the break. Rasir Bolton led all scorers with 14 points to go along with his 4 boards, 3 steals, and an assist.

Previously announced All Big 12 Academic team honoree Michael Jacobson was able to score the first 5 points of the second half for the Whirlybirds, but Oklahoma State stretched their lead to 10 early on in the second stanza. What’s this? Is that Terrence Lewis checking in? You bet your sweet ass it is. Lewis was able to get himself in the scoring column with a smart cut and lay in, and later followed it with a nice finish on an and-one. After trading baskets for awhile, Iowa State was able to chip away at the double digit lead and make it a 7 point game at the under-8 timeout. The next 6 minutes was essentially a carbon copy of the action so far in the second half, trading baskets and eventually the Pokes built up a 10 point edge with under 2 minutes left. The fighting Steve Prohm’s were unable to throw together a last minute rally and dropped this game to the Cowboys, 73-61.

Iowa State falls to 12-7 (5-11) as Oklahoma State gets their 5th conference win to deadlock both teams in a tie for 8th place in the conference.

Rasir Bolton led the Cyclones with 16 points to go with his 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 steals. Michael Jacobson added 13 points and 4 boards.

Catch the Cyclones in action this Wednesday in a home finale for the season as they take on West Virginia.