Cyclones Shoot Way to 80-69 Men's Hoops Win

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
FEBRUARY 18, 2012

Feb. 18, 2012


(13-13, 3-11)
  1st 2nd F
 Oklahoma 28 41 69
 Iowa State 37 43 80
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(19-8, 9-5)
 Stat Comparison OU ISU
 Points 69 80
 FG Made-Attempted 27-62 28-54
 FG Percentage 43.5% 51.9%
 3P Made/Attempted 3-13 11-22
 3P Percentage 23.1% 50.0%
 FT Made-Attempted 12-16 13-20
 FT Percentage 75.0% 65.0%
 Rebounds 28 40
 Turnovers 12 17
 Individual Leaders
 Stat  Oklahoma  Iowa State
 Points  Clark (16)  Christopherson  (25)
 Rebounds  Fitzgerald (8)  Ejim (14)
 Assists  Grooms (5)  White (8)
 Steals  Clark (3)  Allen (4)
 Blocks  Neal (2)  2 Players (1)
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AMES, Iowa -- Scott Christopherson scored 25 points, Chris Allen added 16 and Iowa State beat Oklahoma 80-69 on Saturday for its fifth win in seven games.

Melvin Ejim had 10 points and 14 rebounds for the Cyclones (19-8, 9-5 Big 12), who've won five straight league games at home for the first time in eight years.

Iowa State cruised past the scuffling Sooners without much help from Royce White, who battled foul trouble and scored just four points. The Cyclones went on a 15-6 run following White's fourth foul with 12:17 left, opening up an insurmountable 18-point lead.

Cameron Clark led five in double figures with 16 points for the Sooners (13-13, 3-11), who've lost six straight and have fallen to .500 for the first time this season.

Iowa State had cause for concern when White, the team leader in scoring, rebounding, assists, steals and blocks, went to the bench. No worries for the Cyclones, though, as Christopherson and his teammates picked up the slack.

Christopherson buried a 3 to put Iowa State back up by double digits, 53-41. Tyrus McGee followed with another 3, and Christopherson pulled up from about 25 feet and drilled one to make it 59-41 Iowa State with 8:43 left.

Things got chippy on both sides in the second half, culminating in Ejim's ejection following a rough screen with 4:31 left.

Oklahoma focused much of its defensive effort at White when these teams met two weeks ago in Norman. White scored just three points, but the Cyclones adapted by taking 30 3-pointers, hitting half of them and escaping with a 77-70 win.

White was limited in the first half because of foul trouble — though he did have five assists — and Ejim, who scored a team-high 21 points in that victory, left for the locker room midway through the first half after landing awkwardly on his right arm.

Ejim quickly returned, and his short bank shot put the Cyclones ahead 29-20 with 3:55 left in the first half.

Iowa State, behind 4-of-5 shooting from Christopherson, led 37-28 at the break.

The Sooners quickly cut it to 37-33, but White answered with his first basket of the game. Those were the only points of the first six minutes of the second half for the Cyclones, until Christopherson pulled up in transition for an open 3 that made it 42-35.

Sam Grooms and Carl Blair each scored 12 points for Oklahoma, whose season is in free fall after a promising start. The Sooners, who rank last in the Big 12 in field-goal percentage defense, let the Cyclones shoot 51.9 percent from the floor.

Steven Pledger, Oklahoma's leading scorer, had just 7 points on 2-of-11 shooting as Iowa State guard Chris Babb gave him issues all afternoon.

Saturday's date with the Sooners and Wednesday's with last-place Texas Tech are games the Cyclones simply can't afford to lose as they shoot for their first NCAA tournament berth in seven years.

Iowa State survived the first leg of the homestand, overcoming a rough day from White with a complete team effort. It included freshman post player Percy Gibson, who chipped in with 11 points and seven rebounds.



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