ISU three-pointers doom Oklahoma
Iowa State came out blazing with three-point shots and Oklahoma had no answer Monday night at the Cyclones breezed to an easy 83-64 victory.
Will Clyburn had 19 points for Iowa State while Chris Babb scored 12 points on four threes for the Cyclones (16-6, 6-3 Big 12), who improved to 5-0 in conference home games and 13-0 overall at Hilton Coliseum.
Oklahoma (14-7, 5-4) dropped out of a tie for third place in the Big 12 while Iowa State is in a much better position for a run at the conference title.
“Clearly a ballgame that Iowa State dictated from start to finish in pretty much every way,” said OU coach Lon Kruger. “I thought they were sharp, and we weren’t. They dictated offensively with their movement and attack, and had a lot of good looks early that they took advantage of. I thought they were sharp defensively. We didn’t have much pop on the offensive end as well, and they beat us in pretty much every way. Fred [Hoiberg] has got them playing great, and it looks like they’ll continue to get better.”
Iowa State was 11-for-27 from 3-point range while OU was 3-for-16. It was the 11th time ISU has made at least 10 treys in a game this season.
“They’re a good ball club because they space the floor very well, they have a lot of guys that can put the ball on the floor and create for others, and a lot of guys that can create shots,” Kruger said. “That’s a good combination.
“They made good shots. We have to do a better job of getting up and guarding better. Anyone who’s watched Iowa State play knows they do that very well, so it wasn’t a surprise. They’ve done it well all year, and we didn’t offer the resistance that you have to.”
ISU’s 84 points were the most given up by OU this season. The win was Iowa State’s 20th straight at home. ISU is 13-0 at Hilton Coliseum this season.
Oklahoma’s Andrew Fitzgerald, freshman Isaiah Cousins and junior Cameron Clark combined to go 13-for-26 (.500) from the field. The rest of the team went 13-for-45 (.289).
OU’s bench scored 38 of its 64 points (59 percent).
The Sooners posted a 42-33 rebounding advantage over the Big 12 leader in rebounding margin entering the game. Iowa State came into the contest outboarding its foes by 6.7 per contest. OU’s 21 offensive rebounds were a season high. The Sooners held a 23-9 advantage in second-chance points.
Oklahoma hosts Kansas at 3 p.m. Saturday at Lloyd Noble Center. The game will be televised by ESPN.
Kansas State 52, OU 50
Last Saturday, lost a heartbreak to Kansas State 52-50 in Norman.
OU’s 50 points were its fewest in 16 games and second fewest on the year (47 vs. Gonzaga on Nov. 23). Kansas State’s 52 points tied as its fewest of the season.
Kansas State entered the game shooting a Big 12-best .459 from the field in conference play but was held to a .375 mark today. OU came into the contest ranked second (.453) but was limited to a .388 figure.
“Kansas State did a great job,” said Kruger. “I thought they were into it and dictated for most of the night with their defense. We had trouble getting separation and trouble scoring. In the end I thought we really fought hard. They are hard to guard, especially in the second half when we were down by six or eight for much of it, but we kept going and kept going. We will grow from that, but we have to play harder, pick better and do things we need to do on the offensive end to get more separation and get better shots.”
Senior Sam Grooms hit a trey with 55 seconds left to make the score 50-48 in favor of K-State. It was Grooms’ first 3-pointer of the year on three attempts. Senior Steven Pledger was 0-for-3 from 3-point distance, just the third time this year he failed to connect from behind the arc.