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AMES — Donovan Jackson lived in 23 houses growing up. He never imagined he’d find a permanent home in Ames after spending only two seasons at Iowa State.

“A true testament to what Iowa State is about, I saw three people in the airport yesterday and they all showed me love and support after my dad had passed,” Jackson said as he addressed the Hilton crowd after Tuesday’s senior night game.

“That meant so much to me to know that I have a fan base like you guys to support me and help me through this tough time. Words can’t explain how much you guys mean to me and my family.”

Iowa State (13-16, 4-13 Big 12) lost to Oklahoma State (17-13, 7-10) 80-71. Jackson’s whole family was there except his father, who did get to see him play at Hilton before he passed away.

“I am so proud that my dad got to see me fulfill my dream here,” Jackson said.

Tuesday, the Cyclones went through periods of stagnant and discombobulated offense. They allowed Oklahoma State to go on a 10-0 run in the first half and opened the second half shooting 1-for-12 from the field.

Jackson finished with 17 points on 5-for-10 shooting from 3-point range with five rebounds and four assists. Lindell Wigginton went off for 14 first-half points and finished with 20 points.

Wigginton was quick to point out what Jackson has meant to the Cyclones this season.

“He’s just been a leader on and off the court,” Wigginton said. “He leads the whole team. On the court, we look up to him and he brings a lot of energy.”

Iowa State’s struggles weren’t limited to the offensive end. The Cyclones had a tough time in transition defense.

“Our transition defense, our communication, it’s just poor,” coach Steve Prohm said. “We have to figure out a way to get these guys talking and stop giving up easy baskets because it snowballs so fast on us and affects our pace of play on offense.”

Iowa State had no answer for Oklahoma State’s Cameron McGriff and Jeffery Carroll.

McGriff had an efficient 19 points and Carroll 21 .

“I think just a lack of pride,” Jackson said. “Defense comes with pride. We’re not doing a good job with that. There’s a self-check that needs to happen.”

The end of the home season was tough for Jackson.

“It was pretty emotional – I didn’t cry,” Jackson said. “It’s just different without having my dad here. I’m trying to deal with it, but it was pretty emotional for me.”

Okla. St. 80, Iowa St. 71

OKLAHOMA ST. (17-13) — Solomon 4-7 2-2 10, McGriff 5-8 7-7 19, Smith 3-8 1-6 9, Waters 3-5 0-1 9, Carroll 9-19 0-0 21, Sima 1-2 0-0 2, Dziagwa 0-5 0-0 0, Averette 1-5 0-0 2, Shine 3-8 0-1 8. Totals 29-67 10-17 80.

IOWA ST. (13-16) — Talley 7-10 0-0 15, Beverly 1-6 2-2 4, Brase 0-0 0-0 0, Wigginton 6-14 5-7 20, Jackson 6-15 0-1 17, Lard 1-8 0-0 2, Long 0-1 1-3 1, Lewis 4-9 0-0 12. Totals 25-63 8-13 71.

Halftime—Oklahoma St. 48-43. 3-point goals—Oklahoma St. 12-28 (Waters 3-4, Carroll 3-7, McGriff 2-3, Smith 2-4, Shine 2-6, Averette 0-1, Dziagwa 0-3), Iowa St. 13-27 (Jackson 5-10, Lewis 4-5, Wigginton 3-6, Talley 1-3, Long 0-1, Beverly 0-2). Fouled out—none. Rebounds—Oklahoma St. 44 (Solomon 11), Iowa St. 36 (Lard 6). Assists—Oklahoma St. 19 (Carroll 7), Iowa St. 11 (Jackson 4). Total fouls—Oklahoma St. 13, Iowa St. 16.


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