Sooners Fall to Cyclones in Ames
AMES, Iowa (AP)— Iowa State freshman Lindell Wigginton scored 26 points as the Cyclones upset No. 17 Oklahoma 88-80 on Saturday at Hilton Coliseum.
“In my mind, I feel like I’m one of the best guards in the country. Obviously Trae (Young) is one of the best guards in the country too,” Wigginton said. “We had a good matchup and I’m looking forward to the next one.”
Fellow rookie Cam Lard wasn’t bad either. He scored 19 points with 17 rebounds for the Cyclones (13-11, 4-8 Big 12), who beat a ranked team at home for the third time in a span of three weeks.
Iowa State built and then blew a 17-point lead, but Donovan Jackson’s 3 with 1:55 left put it ahead 80-77. Wigginton then beat the shot clock with a long 3 after a discombobulated possession, and Jackson hit a pair of free throws to clinch the win.
The Cyclones ran the Sooners (16-8, 6-6) out of the building in the first half, holding Young to just one 3 in the opening 19 minutes while building a lead that stretched to 40-23.
“We didn’t open the game like we wanted to. I thought Iowa State was sharp,” Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said. “We’ve got to do a better job (on defense). We’ve got to commit more to it.”
Young finished with 22 points and 11 assists, but he was just 1 of 8 on 3s with six turnovers.
“I had some open looks I didn’t hit, that I usually do,” Young said.
The Sooners fought back behind their defense. They held Iowa State without a field goal for eight minutes and eventually tied the game at 71-all on Young’s layup with 4:55 left.
Christian James also scored 22 points for Oklahoma, a career high.
The Sooners have yet another road test on Tuesday when it faces a top-10 Texas Tech squad in Lubbock, Texas, at 6 p.m. CT on ESPN.