3 takeaways from Iowa State’s 92-87 double-overtime win at Oklahoma

Naz Mitrou-Long (left) and Deonte Burton (right) double-team Oklahoma’s Jordan Woodard in the first overtime at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Oklahoma, on Jan. 21, 2017. Iowa State beat the Sooners 92-87 in double overtime.

Emily Barske

NORMAN, Oklahoma — Iowa State (12-6, 4-3 Big 12) beat Oklahoma (8-10, 2-5 Big 12) in a 92-87 double-overtime nail biter Saturday afternoon at the Lloyd Nobel Center.

After starting the first half slow, and getting into a 19-point hole, the Cyclones went back and forth with the Sooners the rest of the game before dominating the second overtime to win 92-87. 

The crazy game was nothing new to the series as five of the last seven matchups have been won by a team that was down by double digits.

Here are three key takeaways from the game:

Jordan Woodard low scorer in first half, went off in second half

The Cyclones had trouble in the second half with Oklahoma point guard Jordan Woodard, who scored 21 points and had five assists. Woodard, who averages just more than 17 points per game, had no points in the first half but came out hitting two in a row to start the second half.

Monté Morris and Donovan Jackson covered Woodard first, before Naz Mitrou-Long took over late in the second half.

“That was a big decision by the coaching staff — you know you see Monté guarding point guards all year and he does a phenomenal job,” Mitrou-Long said. “In this particular moment, they thought getting some more size on him would be good.”

Mitrou-Long said he stayed with Woodard by “playing like him, staying disciplined and staying low to the ground.”

Woodard shot 39 percent from the field, including three buckets from behind the arc.

“I’ve got a lot of respect for him [Woodard] and his game,” Mitrou-Long said.

Sooners had 25 turnovers

While it was the Cyclones who started off with six turnovers, the Sooners then started mishandling the ball the rest of the game. The Sooners turned it over 25 times, while Iowa State only turned it over 16 times. 

The Cyclones capitalized on 31 points off turnovers.

Woodard accounted for six of those turnovers. One of his turnovers came on a possession that could have cut Iowa State’s second overtime lead to two points.  

Iowa State’s 18 steals were the most in a game since 1993.

Burton picked it up in the second half

After a slow first half with just four points, Deonte Burton exploded in the second half, ending the game with 31 points, six rebounds and three steals. Iowa State coach Steve Prohm said the team had to change the pace after the 19-point drought it faced in the first half.

“Coach told me to be tougher and we did exactly that,” Burton said.

He said he played well because of all the work his teammates were putting in, especially center Merrill Holden, who started in the second half and though going scoreless, brought in seven rebounds and two blocked shots.

The second half had Burton and Woodard going back and forth scoring for their teams, but ultimately Burton said, “the will to win” fired him up.

It wasn’t always pretty though. He turned the ball over three times and was playing with four personal fouls throughout the two overtimes.

This is the sixth game this season that Burton has put up more than 20 points.