Cyclones Fall At Oklahoma For First Loss

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg doesn't want his team to shrug off its first loss. He wants it to linger. Not just the loss, but how it happened.

Buddy Hield scored 22 points and Ryan Spangler added 16 points and a career-high 15 rebounds to help Oklahoma knock off the Cyclones 87-82 Saturday afternoon in Norman.

Isaiah Cousins added 17 points for the Sooners (13-3, 2-1 Big 12), who ended No. 9 Iowa State's school-best winning streak at 14 games.

The most bothersome stat for Iowa State: Oklahoma's 22-2 advantage in second-chance points. "The big thing I told our guys is that this needs to hurt," Hoiberg said. "We gave away a golden opportunity because we couldn't secure the rebounds."

DeAndre Kane had 23 points and nine rebounds, but the Big 12's assists leader left the game after injuring his ankle with :22 remaining. "It looked like he was making a play to the basket and I'm assuming that he stepped on one of their players' feet," Hoiberg said. "I'm guessing that's how he turned it."

Melvin Ejim added 21 points and six rebounds, Georges Niang scored 14 points and Dustin Hogue added 13 for the Cyclones (14-1, 2-1). "I just think we got off our rhythm," said Niang. "We didn't move the ball around and didn't play with good pace like we usually do. We're a fast team and we like to get up. I just think we didn't do that and they capitalized on that."

The Sooners won despite a rough day for Cameron Clark. The Big 12's leading scorer finished with 12 points on 4-for-16 shooting. The Sooners were fine because they matched a season high with 13 three-pointers and out-rebounded the Cyclones 41-34.

Ejim's three-pointer with 2:39 remaining gave Iowa State its first lead since early in the second half. Spangler came right back with an old-fashioned three-point play to give the Sooners a 79-77 lead. After Oklahoma got a stop, Hield scored on a layup to bump the lead to four.

Ejim missed a putback dunk on the other end and OU rebounded. Cousins made two free throws with :57.9 to play, pushing the Sooners' lead to six. Hield missed a pair of free throws to leave an opening for the Cyclones, but they couldn't take advantage.

"Give them credit," said Hoiberg. "They had a good game plan and it's a game I'm sure they were talking about they had to win. Give them credit, they did."

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