No. 17 Cyclones overcome slow start to beat Sooners


Iowa State senior Marial Shayok attempts to lay the ball in during the second half against Texas on Saturday.

Noah Rohlfing

Iowa State was down as much as 21-11 to Oklahoma Monday night, as the Cyclones’ offense struggled to get going early on. But in the second half, the Cyclones woke up and held off the Sooners, 75-74. 

The Cyclones were led in scoring by sophomore guard Lindell Wigginton, who scored 17 points on 5-of-13 shooting. 

Iowa State started poorly on offense, falling behind as the Sooners started the game hot. The Sooners led throughout the first half, leading by as much as 10, but a Cyclone run late in the first half kept the score 36-35 Oklahoma at the half.  

The Sooners were led by Kristian Doolittle and Brady Manek, who scored 19 and 16 points, respectively. 

The Cyclones took the lead early in the second half by going on a 6-0 run within the first two minutes of play. Iowa State shot 10-for-30 from 3-point range, but the Cyclones were able to make timely baskets and stay ahead of an Oklahoma team that just kept fighting. 

The Sooners tied the game up at 69 with less than a minute to play, but a 3-pointer by Marial Shayok put Iowa State ahead for good. Shayok had 16 points on 5-for-10 shooting. 

Iowa State moved to 7-3 in Big 12 play. Up next for the Cyclones is a home game on Saturday against TCU, with tip-off scheduled for 1 p.m.