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March 7, 2013

Cyclones upset Pokes

AMES, Iowa — Iowa State put its NCAA tournament hopes in jeopardy with a contentious home loss to Kansas and a brutal defeat at Oklahoma.

The Cyclones should feel much better about their postseason chances after holding off No. 13 Oklahoma State.

Senior Will Clyburn scored 20 points and Iowa State beat the Cowboys 87-76 on Wednesday night to bolster its NCAA tournament hopes.

Georges Niang added 18 points for the Cyclones (20-10, 10-7 Big 12), who notched just their second victory over a ranked opponent this season.

“That definitely hit us,” Iowa State’s Chris Babb said about the Cyclones losing 108-96 in overtime to the Jayhawks and 86-66 to the Sooners last week. “We came too far. We’ve worked too hard to let this team that we built ... just kind of wither away. And it was going in that direction.”

It almost went that way against the Cowboys.

This time, Iowa State got stops when it needed them.

Oklahoma State trailed by as many as 15 points, but Marcus Smart’s reverse dunk made it 70-68 with 4:28 left. Clyburn answered with a 3 and Tyrus McGee’s 3 a minute later put the Cyclones ahead 78-68.

Smart was brilliant for Oklahoma State (22-7, 12-5), scoring 24 points with eight rebounds and five steals. But it wasn’t enough as the Cowboys lost for just the second time in 12 games.

“They deserved it. We knew they were going to come out like kind of a caged lion,” Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford said. “They came up with big plays when we kept trying to cut (the lead).”

Oklahoma State’s last three wins were by an average of double digits and the Cowboys were rolling ahead of a key final league week against the Cyclones and No. 9 Kansas State.

There were only glimpses on Wednesday of the team that’s spent the last six weeks plowing through the Big 12.

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