Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Sports Briefs: No. 17 Cyclones Hold off Cowboys

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Sports Briefs: No. 17 Cyclones Hold off Cowboys

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No. 17 Cyclones hold off Cowboys

AMES, Iowa -- Dustin Hogue blocked a 3-point try with under a second left to help 17th-ranked Iowa State beat Oklahoma State, 63- 61, on Tuesday in the Big 12 opener for both teams.

Hogue had all 17 of his points in the second half for the Cyclones (11-2, 1-0 Big 12), who shook off a cold start to beat the Cowboys for the third straight time -- all by four points or less.

Phil Forte's layup pulled Oklahoma State within 63-61 with 55 seconds to go. But Hogue stuffed Tavarius Shine's try from the corner, and Georges Niang blocked Forte's desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Forte had 21 points and Le'Bryan Nash scored 19 for Oklahoma State (11-3, 1-1).

#1 KENTUCKY 89, MISSISSIPPI 86, 0T -- At Lexington, Ky., -- Dominant almost all season and facing expectations of going unbeaten, top-ranked Kentucky looked vulnerable and very beatable against a Mississippi team intent on pulling off a seismic upset.

Wildcats guard Aaron Harrison thwarted the Rebels' quest by scoring 26 points, including two big free throws with 1:29 remaining in overtime to put Kentucky ahead to stay. Kentucky then withstood three final Mississippi attempts to rally before escaping with a victory to win its Southeastern Conference opener and keep its hopes for a perfect season alive.

"We knew they were going to fight," Aaron Harrison said after beating the Rebels with 9-of-10 shooting from the line and five 3- pointers. "The SEC is tougher than what people think and we knew they weren't going to lay down.

"They came out and fought really hard. We had a game where we had to make big plays and we made them."

Crunch-time heroics weren't expected from Kentucky (14-0, 1-0 SEC), which entered as overwhelming favorites against a Mississippi squad it had beaten 102 times in 115 previous meetings. The Wildcats instead got a back-and-forth battle with the determined Rebels, who didn't flinch and seemed to have momentum and opportunities in their favor.

Especially in OT, as missed free throws down the stretch gave the Rebels chances to either go ahead or tie the game. …

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