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Short-handed Cyclones Fall 81-60 to Oklahoma State

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Rasir Bolton was the only normal starter available for the Cyclones.

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With just six scholarship players available due to health and safety protocols, Iowa State (2-8, 0-6) fell at home to Oklahoma State (10-4, 4-4) 81-60.

It was the first time we have seen the Cyclones in action since Jan. 9 in a 91-60 loss at Hilton Coliseum. I wish I could say they looked better against the Cowboys compared to a few weeks, but I can’t say that in good conscience.

Iowa State got off to a fast and energetic start, leading 13-2 after a Jaden Walker layup. Walker, the freshman recorded a career-high 8 points in his enhanced role.

After the fast start, Oklahoma State followed it up with a 36-15 run that ultimately resulted in a 10-point halftime lead for the Cowboys.

Oklahoma State was without star freshman Cade Cunningham, but Matthew-Alexander Moncrieffe filled in with a game-high 22 points. Rondel Walker also added 20 points off of the bench for Mike Boynton Jr.

Iowa State forced 24 turnovers on the game but wasn’t able to capitalize on the opportunities, shooting just 34.5% from the field and 31.8% from behind the arc.

Rasir Bolton scored 19 points and Tyler Harris added 18, but no other Cyclones were in double digits.

Iowa State looks to respond with a non-conference battle against Mississippi State in the Big 12/SEC Challenge in Starksville.

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