Spangler’s approach was to grab every ball he could possibly get his hands on. He typically plays that way every night. He had plenty of chances for offensive rebounds because the Sooners were off target most of the day.
Buddy Hield scored a team-high 22 points and was 6 of 12 from 3-point range. At one point in the first half, the sophomore guard was 1 for 4 from the field and was taken to the locker room with an ankle injury. He returned with a little less than 10 minutes left in the first half and was 7 for 14 the rest of the day.
Isaiah Cousins added 17 points for the Sooners and Cameron Clark finished with 12.
The Sooners led most of the game, but never really could put Iowa State away. DeAndre Kane scored a game-high 23 points and Melvin Ejim added 21.
Ejim’s last basket came on a 3-pointer with 2:39 left to give the Cyclones’ a 77-76 lead.
OU turned to Spangler and a much-needed defensive stop to get the lead and the game back.
The Sooners isolated Spangler on Iowa State forward Georges Niang, who was playing with four fouls, on the low post. Spangler caught the ball and spun to his left for an easy basket and turned it into a three-point play after a foul by Dustin Hogue.
The defensive stop came on Iowa State’s ensuing possession when it had to settle for an air ball 3-point attempt from Ejim.
“I thought that was a possession with Ryan’s finish and free throw,” Kruger said. “It put us back up two and we had a couple pretty good defensive stops at that point.”
It also had Spangler chasing down rebounds from the opening tip until the final horn. OU had a 22 to 2 edge in second-chance points. Spangler’s seven offensive rebounds accounted for most of the edge.