Iowa State men’s basketball countdown: Naz Long forces 3OT vs Oklahoma State


This begins a series of top 15 performances by the one and only Nazareth J. Long. Up first his the first 3-point killer against Oklahoma State.

One of the most thrilling games of the season, and arguably one of the best in the year of college basketball, came in a triple-overtime affair in Stillwater. Iowa State came away with a 98-97 victory.

DeAndre Kane and Melvin Ejim led the way combining for 48 points and 22 rebounds. But none of that would have mattered if Naz Long didn’t hit the 3-point basket with 1.4 seconds left in double overtime.

There were a lot of things in play in the closing seconds of that period. Matt Thomas couldn’t hit a late 3-pointer, but Kane was able to gather in the rebound. Knowing that he struggled to close the game out already multiple times, instead of taking the final shot for the Cyclones, Kane gives it up to Long, who didn’t make a 3-pointer for two weeks.

It all didn’t matter when Long made the shot. And that helped Iowa State win their first game in Stillwater since 1988.

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

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