Mar 8, 2014; Ames, IA, USA; Iowa State Cyclones guard Naz Long (15) shoots against Oklahoma State Cowboys forward Kamari Murphy (21) in the second half at James H. Hilton Coliseum. Iowa State beat Oklahoma State 85-81. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa State countdown: Naz Long bombs Oklahoma State again

Naz Long‘s domination on the Iowa State men’s basketball countdown concludes with his second huge 3-pointer against Oklahoma State.

I’d be open to have a discussion on which 3-pointer by Long was the best against the Cowboys, but here’s why I think the the second one was better. It was to protect home court domination.

The Cyclones only lost to Kansas at home this season, making Hilton Coliseum one of the toughest places to play in all of college basketball. In a game that featured Melvin Ejim fouling out with 3:42 to go, Marcus Smart took the game over and the momentum.

Looking back, the Cowboys could have won the game at the line. With 29 seconds to go, there were three instances where Oklahoma State, two times from Smart and once from Phil Forte at the end of the game, made the front end of two free throw attempts.

Forte’s big second miss would have even clinched it because Iowa State would have been down by four. You simply can’t leave that door open, even just the slightest at Hilton Coliseum, because the Cyclones always have a chance there.

Plus, John Walters’ call never gets old on the call. Never.

Iowa State men’s basketball top 15 moments of 2013-14

15. DeAndre Kane’s perimeter shooting en route to Diamond Head Classic title

14. Monte Morris emerges, nearly hits double-double against Auburn

13. Cyclones hold on to win after blowing 18-point lead vs. Texas Tech

12. Redemption at Hilton Coliseum after getting blown out at West Virginia

11. 99 points against Northern Illinois in remembrance of Johnny Orr

10. Daniel Edozie’s block on BYU’s Tyler Haws to preserve Iowa State’s first road win

9. Iowa State heads to the Sweet 16 after comeback over North Carolina

8. Cyclones finally take down Kansas at the Big 12 Championship

7. Georges Niang hits go-ahead basket to beat Iowa Hawkeyes

6. Melvin Ejim makes miraculous return vs Michigan, leads Cyclones to huge win

5. Naz Long drills first 3-pointer in weeks to force 3OTs against Oklahoma State

4. Long bombs UNC-Wilmington with eight 3-pointers

3. Oklahoma State gets bombed again by Naz Long at Hilton Coliseum

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