AMES, Iowa —
Romero Osby and Steven Pledger, Oklahoma’s top two scorers, finished with just six and five points — even though Iowa State’s defense wasn’t all great at the outset.
It didn’t matter. The Cyclones could hardly miss from 3-point range, and the defense quickly improved.
Iowa State buried seven of its first 10 3s — from six different players, no less — in building a 31-20 lead. Clyburn then followed a rousing one-handed slam with a putback to push the Cyclones ahead 39-25.
“We did a great job of making the extra pass to make sure everyone was getting shots,” Babb said.
Kruger said fatigue wasn’t a factor in losing to the Cyclones, who have beaten the Sooners three straight times for the first time since 1996-97.
“We’ve got no excuses,” Kruger said. “Iowa State did what they wanted to do. We didn’t take much away, and we’re going to have to work on changing that.”