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

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AMES, Iowa (AP) - The sight of Naz Long with the ball in his hands and the game on the line might haunt Oklahoma State for years to come.

Long forced overtime with a long 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 the Cowboys 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. But the Cyclones never would have made it to OT without Long - who also hit a 3 to force triple overtime in a 98-97 win at Oklahoma State a month ago.

Kane found Long down court after a rare missed free throw by Phil Forte, and Long buried one from well beyond the 3-point line to keep the Cyclones alive.

“He has the utmost confidence,” Iowa State’s Melvin Ejim said of Long. “The kid just hits big shots. That’s all it is. He’s a big-time player.”

Georges Niang had 22 points for Iowa State (23-7, 11-7 Big 12), which snapped a two-game losing streak.

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 Ejim fouled out before overtime.

Brown finished with 26 points and 12 rebounds.

“We did a lot of good things, and there are a lot of things we need to get better at,” Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford said.

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 Forte’s try clanked off the rim and Kane quickly looked for Long - just as he did before Long’s big 3 in Stillwater.

“I found it weird that Kane ended up with it again. I looked back and said ‘Yo Kane, hit me.’ He hit me again,” Long said. “I just put it up there and gave it a chance.”

The Cowboys and Cyclones then 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, which wanted to put Iowa State on the line instead of allowing Long a shot to tie it at the end of the second half.

“We wanted to foul. We were telling our guys, but they didn’t either hear us or react,” Ford said. “They made a tough shot. That’s part of the game.”

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