NORMAN, Okla. — After 48 minutes of golden opportunities to put away Iowa State, Oklahoma ran out of them in the last two minutes of double overtime.
The Sooners’ 92-87 loss to Cyclones was a vivid display of letting a potential victory wither away this season.
“It was one of those that you look back on,” OU Coach Lon Kruger said.
Statistically, it was a game OU controlled. It led for over 33 minutes of it. If you quit watch after the opening 13 minutes, the final result was impossible to believe. It took that long for OU to claim a 19-point lead. If you figured OU’s six-point lead with less than 2-minutes to play was a good time to turn attention elsewhere, there was justification.
But every time OU had Iowa State on the ropes, it failed to deliver a knockout blow.
That first-half lead didn’t even make to halftime. OU didn’t make a basket in the final seven minutes of the first half, allowing the Cyclones to close the half on a 21-1 run and grab a 30-29 halftime lead.
It wasn’t shooting that doomed the Sooners. They connected on 40.3 percent (29 of 72) of their attempts.
Jordan Woodard scored 21 points with all of it coming in the second half and overtime. The senior guard had played dominant basketball in the second of both previous wins. He had five assists in the opening minutes, but none the rest of the way. Woodard ended the game with six turnovers. It wasn’t even the game high for the Sooners.
Kameron McGusty scored 19 points but committed a game-high seven turnovers. Forward Kristian Doolittle had his best game to date with 15 points and 15 rebounds. The double-double was the first of his young career. But he also committed four turnovers.
“We came out strong in the first half. In the second half, we got away from our principles of what we came in and needed to do,” McGusty said.
Iowa State (12-6, 4-3) received a game-high 31 points from Deonte Burton, 20 from Naz Mitrou-Long and 19 points and eight assists from point guard Monte Morris.
No matter how far behind it fell, it got the steals and made the shots to come back.
“We wanted to win,” Burton said. “We felt like we were getting out-toughed the whole game. Coach (Iowa State Coach Steve Prohm) told us we needed to be tougher and we did exactly that.”
The Cyclones shot 42.7 percent (32 for 75), but several of statistics that demonstrate “toughness” belonged to the Sooners. They out-rebounded the Cyclones 50 to 41 and had a 19-to-13 edge in second-chance points.
In the final two minutes of the first overtime, OU only got off one shot, turning the ball over three times in a four possession.
John Shinn is the Oklahoma beat writer for the Norman Transcript, a CNHI newspaper.