Oklahoma Sooners

Oklahoma Sooners Handed First Conference Loss By ISU Cyclones, 81-68

Rich DeCray

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The Oklahoma Sooners dug quite the hole on the road against a struggling Iowa State Cyclones team in Big 12 Conference play. Heading into the break, Lon Kruger’s program surrendered a 12-0 run while stepping off the hardwood at the break to reassess the situation. The short burst of scoring produced a 42-25 deficit that the Sooners never managed to cut down.

Make no mistake as Hilton Coliseum remains a difficult place for the Sooners to play. Unable to secure a win at the venue since the 2011 season, Brady Manek led Oklahoma in scoring. Collecting 17 points on 5-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc, the junior continues to stretch opposing defenses.

Aiding in the effort, Kristian Doolittle added another 14 points of his own. With four total players hitting double-digits in scoring, the output simply wasn’t enough to compete. Why? The Cyclone matched the number with four of their own hitting the same mark in terms of netted points.

Leading all scorers on the evening, Rasir Bolton dropped a 23-point performance on the night. As a volume shooter, the guard refused to be denied. Allowing ISU to dip further down into the bench, the Cyclones secured the 81-68 victory.

The win marks the first in conference for Iowa State. On the other side of the equation, the loss is also the first such occasion of the Sooners. Looking to rebound with a statement win, Oklahoma hosts the No. 3 Kansas Jayhawks on Tuesday.

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