Iowa State beats Oklahoma in double overtime


By Cliff Brunt - AP Sports Writer



NORMAN — Iowa State coach Steve Prohm liked what he learned about his team Saturday.

Deonte Burton scored a career-high 31 points, and Iowa State rallied from a 19-point first-half deficit to beat Oklahoma 92-87 in double overtime.

“I just want to say how proud I am of these guys,” Prohm said. “All of them. They go in tough situations and build their character. Our character is what we try to highlight every day.”

Naz Mitrou-Long scored 20 points and Monte Morris added 19 for the Cyclones (12-6, 4-3 Big 12).

Jordan Woodard scored all 21 of his points after halftime, freshman Kameron McGusty scored 19 points and freshman Kristian Doolittle added 15 points and a season-high 15 rebounds for the Sooners (8-10, 2-5), who were coming off an overtime win at No. 7 West Virginia on Wednesday.

The Sooners had just 12 turnovers against West Virginia’s high-pressure defense, but the Cyclones forced them into 25. Iowa State’s 18 steals were its most in a conference game since 1988 against Colorado.

Oklahoma ran out to a 14-2 lead to start the game and led 28-9 before Iowa State went on a 10-0 run to close the gap.

“We knew after a while if we stayed tough on the defensive end they would start missing shots,” Long said. “After we calmed down and got back into gaps forcing them to turn the ball over. It was a big turn-around for us.”

The Cyclones led 30-29 at halftime, and the teams traded leads the rest of the way. Oklahoma led by six in the first overtime with 1:49 to play, but the Sooners went cold, and Mitrou-Long scored six points to force a second extra period.

“It’s a game of streaks,” Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said. “We’ve got to eliminate the bad stretches.”

Big picture

Iowa State avoided a tailspin. The Cyclones were coming off losses to TCU and Kansas. They were ranked in the first five polls this season; a loss here would have damaged their chances of returning any time soon.

Statistic lines

The Sooners missed their last 11 shots of the first half to help the Cyclones close the half on a 21-1 run. … Mitrou-Long became the 33rd Iowa State player to score at least 1,000 points in his career. … Woodard moved past Steven Pledger and Harvey Grant into 14th place in Oklahoma history in scoring. He now has 1,399 points. … Woodard moved past Hollis Price into sixth place in school history with 464 career assists. He’s one behind Mookie Blaylock. … Morris became the second Cyclone and third Big 12 player to record 1,000 points, 600 assists and 200 steals in a career.

Woodard after halftime

Woodard missed all four of his shots from the floor in the first half and went scoreless, then made 7 of 14 shots and scored 21 points after the break.

“I thought he did a better job of getting downhill and attacking,” Kruger said. “A lot of it is what the defense gives — what’s there for the taking. He was aggressive in the second half, and he needed to be.”

Woodard scored 18 of his 20 points after halftime against West Virginia.

By Cliff Brunt

AP Sports Writer

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