- Associated Press - Saturday, January 2, 2016

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Iowa State was agonizingly close to its first road victory over a Top 5 team in nearly five years.

With the Cyclones down by two, Monte Morris missed an open 3-pointer with 5.8 seconds remaining, and No. 3 Oklahoma held on to beat No. 11 Iowa State 87-83 on Saturday night.

“We got a great look,” Iowa State coach Steve Prohm said. “You get that look, you live with it. We competed and had a great chance, and that’s what’s sickening, really.”

Georges Niang scored 29 points, and Deonte Burton had 14 of his 19 points in the second half for Iowa State (11-2) in the Big 12 opener for both teams.

Buddy Hield scored 22 points, Ryan Spangler had 20 points and 12 rebounds, and Isaiah Cousins scored all 15 of his points in the second half for the Sooners (12-0).

Oklahoma plays at No. 2 Kansas on Monday night in what could be a No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown after No. 1 Michigan State lost to Iowa on Tuesday night.

Oklahoma, the nation’s top 3-point shooting team, made only 3 of 16 3s in the first half, but was 8 of 13 in the second.

Niang said Oklahoma is a tough matchup.

“I don’t know if they compare to anybody,” he said. “They have so many guys that can shoot the ball and get into gaps. They’re a unique team. They’ve got a great coach. I wouldn’t say anybody we’ve seen so far plays like Oklahoma.”

Hield missed four of his first five shots as Iowa State took an 18-9 lead. The Cyclones pushed their advantage to 26-15 behind 11 early points by Niang.

Oklahoma’s Dinjiyl Walker provided a spark with seven points in a two-minute span to cut Iowa State’s advantage to 28-22. Iowa State held on to lead 41-37 at halftime. Hield made just two of his first eight shots in the first half, but made four of his last six to finish with 14 points before the break.

A 3-pointer by Jordan Woodard cut Iowa State’s lead to a point in the early minutes of the second half. The Sooners finally tied the score on a pair of free throws by Khadeem Lattin with just under six minutes to play, and the Sooners finally took the lead on a 3-pointer by Cousins. A lob from Cousins for a layup by Spangler gave the Sooners an 81-77 lead with 4:08 to play, but Iowa State battled back and made it a game to the end.

“It’s just tough to take this one,” Niang said. “I feel like we came in and played a great game.”


Cyclones: Niang passed Hercle Ivy and moved into eighth on Iowa State’s career scoring list. Niang has averaged 24.5 points in his past four games. … The Cyclones shot 56.3 percent in the second half, yet, were outscored 50-42.

Sooners: Hield passed Eduardo Najera and moved into 9th place on Oklahoma’s career scoring list. … Cousins went 0 for 6 from the field in the first half. He missed two more shots in the second half before finally connecting. … Oklahoma shot 50 percent in the second half.


Cyclones: Host Texas Tech on Wednesday night.

Sooners: At Kansas on Monday night.


Follow Cliff Brunt on Twitter: www.twitter.com/CliffBruntAP

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide