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The 17th-ranked Oklahoma men’s basketball team withstood an onslaught of three-pointers by number 14 Iowa State, and rallied to overcome a 10-point deficit, pulling away from the Cyclones to beat ISU 94-83 on Monday night at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman.

Iowa State hit eight 3-pointers in the first half and built a 40-30  lead on OU late in the first half.

The  Sooners responded by closing the first half on a 16-6 run to tie the game at 46 at  halftime, with Buddy Hield capping the run with a 3-pointer.

OU put together a 20-4 run spanning the two halves to take the lead for good.

After Iowa State trimmed OU’s lead to five, Oklahoma answered with a 25-10 run to blow the game open, building a 20-point lead late before going on to win by 11.

TaShawn Thomas led all scorers with 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Sooners.

Four other OU players were in double figure scoring, with Isaiah Cousins scoring 19 points and hitting three 3-pointers.

Buddy Hield added 17 points with three 3-pointers, while Ryan Spangler and Frank Booker contributed 14 points each.

Booker led OU with four 3-pointers.

OU shot 51 percent from the field, and made 10 three-pointers, but were no match for Iowa State’s perimeter shooting.

The Cyclones made 14 three-pointers.

Oklahoma made all six of their free throw attempts and had only seven turnovers.

Iowa State was just 7 of 14 at the free throw line.

The Sooners have won five straight games, and improved to 17-7 overall, 8-4 in Big 12 play, for sole possession of second place, one game behind first place Kansas.

Oklahoma visits Kansas State for a 7:00 tipoff in Manhattan on Saturday night.