NORMAN, Oklahoma – No. 17 Iowa State (18-5, 7-3 Big 12) rallied from not leading in the first half to take down Oklahoma (15-8, 3-7 Big 12) 75-74 Monday night at the Lloyd Noble Center. The Cyclones are the first team in the Big 12 to seven league wins this season and are on a four-game win streak heading back to Ames for this weekend’s contest against TCU.
OU led by as much as 10 in the first half, but ISU took the lead right away in the second half. Iowa State led by as much as seven in the second half, but the Sooners wiped it out to tie it at 69-69 with 1:44 left. Marial Shayok’s 3-pointer with 1:06 to go gave ISU a lead it would not relinquish, as ISU made 3-of-4 at the line to ice it.
How It Happened
Talen Horton-Tucker kept ISU within range during a slow-moving first 10 minutes for the Cyclone offense, as Oklahoma was ahead 21-11 at the halfway point of the opening period. Lindell Wigginton responded with eight-straight points for ISU to bring the Cyclones back to within five, and eventually grinded back to within two at 27-25.
Wigginton’s third 3-pointer made it a one-point game, which ISU was able to maintain into the break via Marail Shayok’s baseline dunk at 36-35 Sooners.
Iowa State was able to get its first lead of the game on the first possession of the second half on a Michael Jacobson bucket. The Cyclones racked up the first six points of the second 20 minutes, pulling ahead 41-36. OU did well to keep ISU close, with the visitors’ biggest lead getting to six points before Oklahoma was able to reel Iowa State to within three at 50-47.
OU cut the ISU lead to one at 52-51, but ISU turned the tide back in its favor with two crucial plays: Cameron Lard driving down the lane for the dunk of the year and Tyrese Haliburton draining a deep 3-pointer to get ISU back up by six at 57-51.
The Cyclones got up by seven at 64-57, but OU went on a quick 5-0 run to bring ISU back within one possession. The Sooners tied the game at 69-69 on a Christian James lay-in with 1:44 to go, but Shayok countered with a big-time 3-pointer late in the shot clock to put ISU ahead again at 72-69.
ISU got a defensive stop, and though Wigginton’s lay-in was missed on the next possession Lard got the offensive board that forced OU to foul. Horton-Tucker made one at the line, and OU countered with a quick two to make it 73-71 with 3.5 seconds to play. Shayok was sent to the line to ice it, which he did by making both and putting the result out of OU’s hands, despite the Sooners’ 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Players of Note
Lindell Wigginton came off the bench to break the Cyclones out of an early funk. The sophomore finished with a team-high 17 points, notching 11 first-half points which included a trio of 3-pointers.
Marial Shayok turned it on in the second half to help guide ISU home. He scored five of the most crucial points of the contest, hitting the 3-pointer with 1:06 to go to put ISU ahead for good, and draining a pair of free throws with 3.5 seconds to play which turned out to be the difference in the result. Shayok finished with 16 points, his 22nd game in double figures this season. He also had a career-high five assists.
Iowa State is back at Hilton Coliseum this weekend to host TCU. Tip between the Cyclones and Horned Frogs will be at 1 p.m.