Buddy Hield scored a career-high 30 points for Oklahoma (17-5, 6-3), which saw its winning streak snapped at four games. The Sooners lost despite outrebounding Iowa State 46-33.
“A tough battle throughout. It seemed like for 40 minutes we were generally fighting from a little bit of a deficit and couldn’t quite get back over the hump,” Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said.
After losing four games in five after a 14-0 start, Hoiberg made a big change to his lineup.
The move also allowed the Cyclones to free up the explosive Kane for more opportunities to make plays from the wing.
Morris finished with 12 points, while Kane matched a season-low with five points. But Kane also nine assists and just one turnover, and his dunk with 33 seconds to go helped put away the Sooners.
“DeAndre’s offensive numbers weren’t what they normally are, but he took what the defense gave him,” Hoiberg said. “Our guys did a really good job of moving the ball, sharing the ball.”
The guard who dominated the game early was Hield.
He had 18 points in just 20 minutes - including his fourth 3 of the half to give Oklahoma a 33-32 lead. Ryan Spangler then hit a 3 that was later ruled a 2 following a video replay, and the team went into halftime tied at 37.
Hield matched his previous best of 23 points with 16:08 left, then hit a layup to tie the game at 46-all on Oklahoma’s next trip down the floor.