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Freshmen lead OSU past Iowa State

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Oklahoma State guard Rondel Walker (5) fights for a loose ball with Iowa State guard Tyler Harris during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, in Ames, Iowa. Oklahoma State won 81-60. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Freshmen Matthew-Alexander Moncrieffe and Rondel Walker had career games in the absence of star classmate Cade Cunningham and Oklahoma State pulled away from short-handed Iowa State for an 81-60 win on Monday night.

Moncrieffe scored 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, both career highs and his second-consecutive double-double, and Walker had a career-high 20 points. Cunningham, the leading scorer in the Big 12 at 17.9 points a game, missed his second game due to COVID-19 protocol but was on the bench.

Kalib Boone added 15 points and Avery Anderson 11 for the Cowboys (10-4, 4-4 Big 12 Conference.

Iowa State (2-8, 0-6) only had six scholarship players available and only seven players saw action. Among the missing players were the Cyclones’ second, third and fourth scorers. Rasir Bolton scored 19 points and Tyler Harris 18 for the Cyclones, who were coming off COVID protocol and had not played since Jan. 9.

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