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No. 16 Iowa State rallies past OSU 85-81 in OT

Iowa State's Buzzer-Beater Forces OT
AMES, Iowa (AP) -- Naz Long forced overtime with a 30-foot 3-pointer at the buzzer, DeAndre Kane scored five of his 27 points in the closing seconds, and No. 16 Iowa State overcame a 16-point deficit to beat Oklahoma State in overtime 85-81 on Saturday.

Kane hit a layup and a pair of free throws to put Iowa State ahead 82-79 with 11.7 seconds left.

Georges Niang had 22 points for Iowa State (23-7, 11-7 Big 12), which snapped a two-game losing streak and fell behind by as much as 45-29 before rallying.

Markel Brown missed two free throws with 3 seconds left for Oklahoma State (20-11, 8-10). Marcus Smart had 27 points to lead the Cowboys, but he and Cyclones star Melvin Ejim fouled out in regulation.

Brown finished with 26 points and 12 rebounds.

Oklahoma State's Phil Forte, an 89 percent free throw shooter entering play, needed to hit just one from the line with five seconds left in regulation to seal the win. But his try clanked off the side of the rim and Long - who hit a 3 to force triple OT in a 98-97 win at Oklahoma State a month ago - buried yet another desperation bucket to give the Cyclones five more minutes.

The Cowboys and Cyclones traded the lead in overtime before Kane put Iowa State ahead by three. Freshman Matt Thomas hit a pair at the line to keep the Cyclones ahead 84-81, and Brown missed both of his after being fouled.

Forte had 13 points for Oklahoma State.

Early in the second half, Iowa State was behind by 16 and in serious danger of a blowout loss on Senior Day.

The Cyclones ran themselves right back into it.

Iowa State rattled off 12 straight points in three minutes behind its transition offense, as fast-break layups from Kane and Long brought the Cyclones within 45-41.

Ejim picked up his fourth foul and was forced to the bench with 9:44 left. But Iowa State still managed to retake the lead, 57-55, on a Thomas 3. Smart answered with a 3-point play and a steal and layup, and Brown's long jumper put the Cowboys back ahead 66-63 with 2:40 to go.

Long missed an open 3 from the corner with 27 seconds in regulation, a miss that appeared to be crushing for the Cyclones. Long more than made up for it, and Iowa State closed out the regular season with a win that'll surely boost their momentum heading into the Big 12 tournament.

Long finished with 14 points and Ejim had 12 in his final home game

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Velocity105 March 09 2014 at 8:01 AM

He's a thug not a hero.

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mron53 Velocity105 March 09 2014 at 11:50 AM

The word THUG is an acceptable replacement for the N - WORD. You just showed the world what you really are

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evansd141 mron53 March 09 2014 at 12:29 PM

Oh crap give it a rest.

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kklinvt March 09 2014 at 8:39 AM

It's a stupid basketball game, not storming the beaches of Normandy. Stop sullying the word hero.

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mron53 kklinvt March 09 2014 at 11:49 AM

Fire fighters and police officers where heros on 9/11 and they did not storm any beaches. and so where many civilians during the Boston marathon bombing and they did not storm any beaches either.

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English March 09 2014 at 10:26 AM

Oklahoma State is a cheap shot team. led by the flopping Smart. Seeing them get beat \made my day.

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msggov March 09 2014 at 11:09 AM

If the spectators had been armed with AK 47's and allowed to engage him all the way down the court then, you could call him a hero.

Words have meaning and his actions didn't come close to the label put on him.

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mron53 msggov March 09 2014 at 11:45 AM

Lighting up. The word hero does not have to refer to military people exclusively. I am proud to be a veteran and after retiring I have seen many heros in the civil sector. Stop been contrary and hatefull toward your fellow americans. Its sad that we trod around the world saving souls and at home with treat each other so badly.

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larrysking March 09 2014 at 11:14 AM

Hero's wear camo's. Sporting events are entertainment only.

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mron53 larrysking March 09 2014 at 11:59 AM

I did not see police officers and fire fighters wearing camo during 9/11 and they are the only heros I know off during the past 50 years. Audie Murphy died a long time ago.

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mron53 mron53 March 09 2014 at 12:01 PM

and by the way. AUDIE MURPHY did not wear camo

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evansd141 mron53 March 09 2014 at 12:25 PM

you missed the point dude.

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bveyron250 March 09 2014 at 11:47 AM

The word hero is being applied to things it should not be nowdays. How can you possibly call a baketball player and a soldier who dies for his team and country the same thing. I call the basketball player a clutch player and a winner.

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chrispnet March 08 2014 at 9:52 PM

"Early in the second half, Iowa State was behind by 16 against Oklahoma and in serious danger of a blowout loss."

Oklahoma State...not Oklahoma

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BigPugMama March 09 2014 at 10:02 AM

And HERE in Spokane ,, I'd thought it would a Karstetter

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