Sooners Rally Late to Beat Cyclones, Stay Unbeaten
Oklahoma’s 3rd-ranked men’s basketball team trailed most of the game, but came from behind in the final minutes to beat #11 Iowa State 87-83 on Saturday night, January 2, at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman.
The Sooners took the lead for good on a three-pointer by Isaiah Cousins to make it 79-77, then got big baskets from Buddy Hield and Jordan Woodard to extend OU’s lead to four in the final minutes.
Monte Morris of Iowa State had a chance to give the Cyclones the lead with a 3-pointer with less than 10 seconds to play, but he missed and OU got the rebound.
Hield hit a pair of free throws to clinch the win.
Hield led OU with 22 points, but made just 8 of 23 from the field.
Ryan Spangler had 20 points and 12 rebounds and also hit a pair of three-pointers.
Cousins added 15 points and hit three 3-pointers, and Woodard had 14 points with two three’s.
Dinjyl Walker had 10 points off the bench for the Sooners, who made 11 of 29 from three-point range.
Iowa State outshot OU 52 percent to 43 percent.
Georges Niang of Iowa State led all scorers with 29 points.
Oklahoma improved to 12-0 on the season, and next will face second-ranked Kansas in Lawrence on Monday night, January 4, at 8:00 pm.