The streak has been snapped! After nearly a decade of losing at Hilton Coliseum the Sooners finally picked up a win in Ames, Iowa after going 0-9 over the last nine years. Saturday night’s win was Oklahoma’s third consecutive and the eighth win in the last nine games.
Victory didn’t come easy on Saturday night though. The Sooners had to fight off a furious second half rally by Iowa State. After taking a 41-25 lead into the half the Cyclones started the closing twenty minutes on a 21-4 run to take a 46-45 lead at the 11:29 mark. An Austin Reaves tip-in 30 seconds later put Oklahoma back in front and the Sooners never looked back from there.
Game Defining Moment
We’ve seen defeat being snapped from the jaws of victory before with this basketball program. Especially in Ames. We nearly saw it again on Saturday night as the Cyclones came out of the half and threw a flurry of haymakers at the Sooners. It nearly worked…nearly.
From the 11:30 mark of the second half to the 4:38 mark OU squelched the Iowa State rally by going on a 17-4 run themselves. Mo Gibson hit two 3-point shots during that stretch and De’Vion Harmon made another to turn the tide back in favor of the Sooners.
De’Vion Harmon is becoming more and more unstoppable as his game develops moves like this.
The sophomore guard finished the nigh 4-for-7 from the floor.
Not A Great Night From Long Distance
Oklahoma won a road game on a bad shooting night. Mo Gibson and De’Vion Harmon had some clutch 3-point shots down the stretch but the Sooners finished just 6-of-24 from deep and only shot 40% from the floor (22-of-55) as a whole.
Crashing the boards and forcing turnovers was the catalyst for this win. Oklahoma pulled down 41 rebounds during the game and forced 9 Cyclone turnovers. OU also blocked 5 ISU shot attempts.
The Problem Child
Iowa State junior guard Rasir Bolton scored a team-high 14 points for the Cyclones and dished out a game-high six assists.
Once again it was Austin Reaves providing the dagger to seal a road win. Oklahoma’s senior guard drilled a 3-point shot with 41 seconds remaining to boost the Sooner lead to the final score of 66-56.
Reaves finished with a game-high 20 points.
Oklahoma plays its third straight road game Tuesday when it travels to Manhattan to take on Kansas State.
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