NORMAN, Okla. — For the second consecutive season, the Sooners have upset a Top 10 team at home.
This time it’s the Iowa State Cyclones, who came into Lloyd Noble Center as the No. 7 team in the country and left 87-82 losers.
"It was a huge win, obviously," said head coach Lon Kruger. "Iowa State is a really good club. Fred (Hoiberg) does such a good job and they have so many weapons. They space the floor and just make it awfully tough to guard. You kind of have to pick your poison sometimes, but I’m really proud of our guys. In the second half there we got two or three stops when we really needed them. We have been kind of trying to work and learn how to do that."
And it was in large part to the bounce back effort of forward Ryan Spangler.
After being basically nonexistent the other night with just four points and three rebounds due to foul trouble, Spangler looked like a man among boys in this one.
He racked up 15 rebounds to go along with 16 points.
Eight of those points came at the free throw line, thanks in large part to seven offensive rebounds brought down by the big fella.
"I think I am good at seeing where the ball is going to come off, and a lot of it is just hustle," Spangler said. I just put my mind to it. If I can help the team win in any way that is what I am going to do, and that helped the team.”
Meanwhile, the Sooners limited Iowa State’s outside game—the Cyclones hit only 6-of-26 attempts from long range—although they shot 52 percent from the field in the game.
OU managed just 43 percent, but won the rebounding battle 41-34.
"Well we got our butts kicked on the glass," said Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg. "That’s the bottom line. They beat us 22-2 in second-chance points."
For Iowa State, point guard DeAndre Kane, who rolled his ankle very late, led the way with 23 points.
Forwards Melvin Ejim, Georges Niang and Dustin Hogue added 21, 14 and 13, respectively, for the Cyclones.
OU led by as much as eight in the first half before Iowa State closed the half with the final eight points to force a 39-39 tie.
But OU took control in the second half by using some key 3’s from Cousins and Hield and had as much as a 13-point advantage.
"My team needed me and I needed to find a way to help my team," Hield said. "As a player you don’t want to have that feeling when you go back to the locker room to be with you when you come back out. I just stuck with it and Coach told me to fill it up, and I just did it and my teammates found me in good spots.”
The Cyclones stormed back to take a one-point lead inside three minutes to play, but that’s when Spangler converted a crucial and-one play to regain the lead for the Sooners.
OU closed it out down the stretch from there.
The Sooners (13-3, 2-1 Big 12) now head onto the road for a couple games, first at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Kansas State.
Iowa State (14-1, 2-1 Big 12) returns home to face Kansas on Big Monday.
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