Would somebody please blow somebody out of the gym. I can't take this anymore.
Another close game, down to the wire, in a series that has been marked by overtimes and last second shots.
This time Jameel McKay set the table, but George Niang closed the door.
McKay put up 17 pts and 14 boards, while Niang, quiet and in foul trouble most of the night, hit the biggest shot of the game to put Iowa state up by 3 with 20.9 seconds remaining, and that's all they would need.
What was an otherwise fantastic game was marred by suspect officiating, with late whistles and mystery calls commonplace, and some poor announcing from the ESPN crew.
The Cowboys led by 4 with 2:27 remaining, but the Cyclones would go on a 9-0 run to finish the game. Niang would score 4 of his 9 points in that time span.
The lead changed hands a LOT, and OSU kept finding ways to stay in it despite the disappearance of Nash, and some struggles by Phil Forte. Anthony Hickey and Jeff Newberry carried the day in the first half.
This game, though, came down to one thing.
- Shot better from the floor (44.7% - 39.3%)
- Shot better from three (44.4% - 30%)
- Shot better from the line (75% - 66.7)
But they lost badly in one of most important battles on the floor:
- Outrebounded 44-28
- Gave up 18 offensive rebounds