Sooners Fall in Road Contest Against Iowa State

Associated Press
By Associated Press
Iowa State
Iowa State
Stat Comparison
Category ISU OU
Points  80  64
FGM-A  30-65  24-61
FG% .462  .393 
3 FGM-A 12-26  3-13 
3 FG%  .462 .231 
FTM-A 8-12  13-18 
FT% .667  .722 
Rebounds 32  47 
Assists 17 
Turnovers 14 
Individual Leaders
Category ISU OU
Points  Mitrou-Long - 23  McGusty - 13
Rebounds Two Players - 6 Lattin - 12 
Assists  Morris - 9  Two Players - 2
Steals Two Players - 3   Two Players - 1
Blocks  Burton - 4  Lattin - 3

AMES, Iowa (AP) – For once, Iowa State gave its fans a game they didn't have to sweat out until the final buzzer.

Naz Mitrou-Long scored 23 points and Iowa State cruised past Oklahoma 80-64 on Saturday, sending the Sooners to their seventh straight defeat.

Mitrou-Long buried five 3s for the Cyclones (15-9, 7-5 Big 12), who blew the game open with a 21-4 run midway through the second half.

It was just the second time in 12 games decided by more than 10 points for Iowa State — which followed an overtime win over No. 3 Kansas with an agonizing two-point loss at Texas.

"It was definitely nice," Iowa State senior Matt Thomas said. "That's what should've happened. That's the way we need to play, especially at home."

Iowa State blew a nine-point lead early just after halftime, allowing Oklahoma to tie it at 41-all. But the Cyclones tightened up their defense, letting up just four points during an eight-minute stretch that was among their best all season.

Back-to-back 3s from Donovan Jackson pushed Iowa State's lead to 68-48 with just over six minutes to go.

Thomas scored 13 points and Monte Morris had 13 with nine assists and six rebounds for Iowa State, which went 12 of 26 from 3-point range.

"This game had a lot of runs... but we hit them with the last run and we didn't let them get back in it," Iowa State coach Steve Prohm said.

Freshman Kameron McGusty led the Sooners (8-16, 2-10) with 13 points.

Oklahoma star Jordan Woodard left the game with an apparent right knee injury with 6:58 and didn't return. He finished with nine points. Coach Lon Kruger said after the game that Woodard will be re-evaluated when the Sooners return to Norman.

"I thought they were aggressive and active," Kruger said of Iowa State. "We battled back there a couple of times, but not enough."