OU men's basketball: Sooners fall to Iowa State in first conference loss
Lon Kruger will have to wait another year to get his first win at Iowa State as Oklahoma’s coach.
The Sooners haven’t won in Ames, Iowa, since the 2010-11 season, and Saturday night only added to that losing streak.
Despite starting well, which has been a season-long issue, OU was dominated much of the night, losing 81-68. It was the Sooners' first Big 12 loss and the Cyclones' first conference win.
Oklahoma went on a 10-0 run early in the game, but Iowa State was able to halt the Sooners’ momentum with a scoring run of its own. The Cyclones led 42-25 at halftime.
Oklahoma struggled to take care of the basketball. Entering the game, the Sooners averaged 10.5 turnovers, but 12 minutes into the game Saturday, they had already committed seven turnovers.
Oklahoma finished with 15 turnovers.
The turnovers troubles not only cost the Sooners (11-4, 2-1 Big 12) scoring opportunities but also gave the Cyclones (8-7, 1-2 Big 12) added chances to score. And they capitalized, scoring 32 points off of Sooner turnovers.
Iowa State went on a 12-0 run to end the first half, capped by a buzzer-beating 3-point shot from sophomore guard Tyrese Haliburton. He shot from the “s” in the Iowa State logo at midcourt of the Hilton Coliseum hardwood. It set off a frenzy among Iowa State fans and gave Oklahoma the biggest it has faced this season.
Iowa State continued to build on its lead coming out of halftime, going on a 9-0 run early and extending its lead to as many as 26 points.
The Sooners started to chip away at the deficit with just over 17 minutes left, going on a 15-2 run to cut the Cyclones’ lead to 13 points. But OU never got any closer than that.
The Cyclones were led by sophomore Rasir Bolton who had a game-high 23 points.
The Sooners’ had five players in double digits, led by junior forward Brady Manek's 17 points.
Both teams shot 48 percent from the field, but Oklahoma had 23 fewer shots.
Oklahoma returns to action Tuesday against Kansas.