Random stuff that I either didn’t have time to write (deadline, you know), neglected (forgot) to write, or didn’t think about writing until long after 16th-ranked Iowa State’s epic three-overtime victory at 19th-ranked Oklahoma State on ESPN’s Big Monday. Finally, after 18 failures, the Cyclones won at Gallagher-Iba Arena for the first time since March 1988. “It would have been a very difficult loss fighting three overtimes and walking out of here with a loss,” coach Fred Hoiberg said after the 98-97 success. “I’m proud of our guys for finding a way to win it.” Take One: It was Hoiberg’s first – EVER – regular-season road win against a rated opponent. He was 0-11 as a coach and 0-13 as a player. “I got my butt handed to me four times in this arena — before the addition,” Hoiberg went on. The Cyclones’ last road win against a ranked opponent was Greg McDermott’s final regular-season game as a coach — 85-82 at fifth-ranked Kansas State in March 2010. Take Two: How in the name of Instant Classic did it happen? Reserve Naz Long’s 3-point basket with just a smidge more than a second to play sent the second overtime into a third. Freshman Monte Morris’ 3-pointer with 41 seconds left gave the Cyclones a lead, 96-95, that they didn’t relinquish in the final extra session. Here’s how Melvin Ejim summed it up: “It was a great team effort. We had guys come up. Naz and Monte made huge shots. Matt (Thomas) made huge shots, made great plays. DeAndre (Kane) is playing as good as he has all year. “Georges (Niang) came up and was playing big. He got rebounds, Dustin (Hogue) came in and got rebounds. We were just able to grit it out. “It was a tough game. They’re a great team with great players. We were just able to be sound and grit it out in the end.” True Grit. Take Three: DeAndre Kane dominated the Big 12 Conference preseason player of the year Marcus Smart – at least in the first half. Smart, whose return to college for his sophomore year probably cost him considerable NBA bucks, had just one point during the initial 20 minutes. A more aggressive Smart scored 19 more points after the break, but still was outplayed by Kane. Iowa State’s senior star had an eye-popping statistical line that included 26 points, nine rebounds and nine assists while playing 52 of a possible 55 minutes. It was one of those classic games within a game, the two of them banging into each other all over the court. Kane could have talked all night — or whatever was left of it — about his big game, but he didn’t. He chose the team approach. “We played the last 15 minutes without Georges, one of our top players,” Kane said regarding Niang’s fouling out with 1:05 remaining in regulation. “I’ll give credit to my bench. “Naz Long came in and hit a huge three and two free throws. Matt Thomas, and also Monte Morris, that was a big shot in the corner. I’ll tip my hat to them, they played a great game, but my guys fought it out all night.”