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The Oklahoma Sooners have dropped consecutive games for the first time this season. The Sooners fall to 14-7 overall and 5-4 in conference.
The Iowa St. Cyclones came into this game boasting a 78.5 points per game mark. Tonight, they continued to prove why they are one of the better teams in conference but blowing out the Oklahoma Sooners behind yet another strong offensive performance.
In the first half alone, the Cyclones hit on eight of their sixteen 3-point attempts jumping out to a 44-31 halftime lead. The onslaught was led by Chris Babb whose 12 points came from beyond the arc. During the course of the game, Babb attempted only six shots. Five of those were from 3-point range as he converted on four of those.
"They're a good ball club because they space the floor very well, they have a lot of guys that can put the ball on the floor and create for others, and a lot of guys that can create shots. That's a good combination.
"They made good shots. We have to do a better job of getting up and guarding better. Anyone who's watched Iowa State play knows they do that very well, so it wasn't a surprise. They've done it well all year, and we didn't offer the resistance that you have to." - Lon Kruger
The Cyclones weren't done there either. After building a 13 point lead going into the locker room, they once again came out and took control offensively. This time, ISU extended their lead even further behind a 9-2 spurt as the Sooners never really recovered.
Not only was there not an answer for Babb, another Iowa St. player proved to be too much to handle. Will Clyburn, the leading scorer for Fred Hoiberg's team was at it again pouring in a game high 19 points and 5 rebounds as the Cyclones hit their season marks on points with 83 total and rebounds with 40.
It's tough to compete with a team shooting over 40% from beyond the arc.
Making it a tough loss to swallow, the usual suspects for Oklahoma lay dormant. Instead, Andrew Fitzgerald led the way with 12 points and 7 rebounds. Behind him, Cameron Clark and Isaiah Cousins each added 10, all three players coming off the bench. The starters for this squad put together an unimpressive 26 points combined.
"Clearly a ballgame that Iowa State dictated from start to finish in pretty much every way. I thought they were sharp, and we weren't. They dictated offensively with their movement and attack, and had a lot of good looks early that they took advantage of. I thought they were sharp defensively. We didn't have much pop on the offensive end as well, and they beat us in pretty much every way. Fred [Hoiberg] has got them playing great, and it looks like they'll continue to get better." - Lon Kruger