Basketball

Iowa State’s offense goes cold in loss in Stillwater

For nearly 36 minutes on Saturday in Stillwater, Iowa State was poised to maintain its spot in the tie for the lead in the Big 12 standings, setting up a colossal match-up with Kansas State at Hilton Coliseum on Tuesday.

The Cyclones had raced out to a 16-point first-half lead over Oklahoma State, but the Cowboys slowly chipped away as Iowa State’s offense struggled and shots started to fall for the home squad.

Mike Boynton’s squad out-scored Iowa State by 12 points in the second half and took its first lead of the game with 3:09 left before handing the Cyclones a 61-59 loss at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

Oklahoma State was helped by one of its best shooting performances of the season, connecting on 9-of-21 shots from deep, including a 6-of-10 clip in the second half.

Avery Anderson had been 0-of-16 from 3-point range in Big 12 play, then knocked down 2-of-3 against Iowa State and finished with a game-high 18 points while adding five assists and eight turnovers.

Meanwhile, Iowa State cooled off significantly after an opening 12 minutes that saw the Cyclones build a 27-11 lead. Iowa State finished the game 2-of-9 from 3-point range and knocked down just 9-of-24 field goal attempts in the second half while also going 5-of-10 from the free-throw line after halftime.

Osun Osunniyi opened the game with one of his best stretches of the season, scoring 12 of his team-high 15 points in the first half. He finished the game shooting 7-of-15 from the field with seven rebounds and three blocks.

He was joined in double-figure scoring by Gabe Kalscheur (14 points on 5-of-13 shooting) and Tre King (10 points on 5-of-10 from the field). Oklahoma State’s defense, which like Iowa State ranks among the best in the country, also held Cyclone senior guard Jaren Holmes to just eight points on 3-of-13 from the field.

Iowa State’s offense was also hurt by the absence of guard Caleb Grill, who finished the game scoreless and attempted only one shot while battling through a back injury in 16 minutes of action.

T.J. Otzelberger’s group will be back in action on Tuesday when the Big 12 leading Kansas State Wildcats pull into town for an 8 p.m. tip at Hilton Coliseum. The Wildcats beat Texas Tech in Manhattan on Saturday to move into sole possession of first place in the Big 12.

Jared Stansbury

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Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.

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