AMES, Iowa —
The Cowboys got within 67-64 after two steals by Smart led to two baskets. Smart made it a two-point game with his reverse in transition, but Clyburn’s huge response gave the Cyclones the school record for 3s in a season.
“Will was terrific. He was very aggressive all game long,” Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg said. “I heard a guy behind me yell ‘Why?’ and then it went it.”
Le’Bryan Nash and Markel Brown both had 14 points for the Cowboys, who shot an abysmal 4 of 23 from 3-point range.
“We got back in the game a couple of times, but we never could quite get over the hump,” Ford said. “I think that probably got them in the (NCAA) tournament. I thought they were already in.”
Oklahoma State was one of four teams to rally from behind and beat Iowa State in the final minute this season.
The Cyclones did their best to ensure they wouldn’t be in such a position again.