Over time, Christopherson’s game winner will be the memory but McGee’s energy beat the Cowboys


As memories from Iowa State’s electrifying 71-68 win over Oklahoma State fade over time, the game will likely be remembered for Scott Christopherson’s banked three pointer at the buzzer.

Closer inspection of the box score might also suggest that Royce White contributed another stat-stuffing performance with 17 points, six assists and five rebounds packed into 27 minutes.

What will likely be forgotten was the energy boost provided by Tyrus McGee, the lone Oklahoma native playing one of the state schools from his home.

McGee brings a fury to the game and there were stretches Wednesday night when his energy kept the Cyclones competitive.

McGee fights through screens rather that passively switching. When he gets the ball on offense, he is primed for action. The 6-2 guard also relentlessly attacked the glass vs. the Cowboys and added a game-high nine rebounds.

The stat sheet will also note that McGee had 17 points (joining White and Christopherson) built upon five three-point shots.

It was his energy, however, that won the game. That won’t show up in the game recaps.

“(Tyrus) knocked the ball off (Keiton) Page’s leg to give us a shot to win the game,” Coach Fred Hoiberg said in his post-game radio show. “He was going to be aggressive because that’s the way he plays. He was the energy guy for us again.”

Christopherson gets credit for his first-ever game winner, but McGee was the teammate with a large role in creating the opportunity.

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