No. 9 Iowa State Suffers First Loss at Oklahoma
Keys to the Game
The Cyclones finished the first half on an 8-0 run to tie the game going into the break. ISU got the first points of the half, but were back on their heels again as the Sooners re-built their lead up to its largest of the game at 59-46.
Iowa State started to get to work at chopping away at yet another large second-half deficit. Down 61-48, ISU went on a 15-5 run via a balanced attack that featured contributions from five players to bring the game back to one possession at 66-63 in favor of the Sooners. Oklahoma went back to the well where they were able to attain their lead as Jordan Woodard his OU’s 13th 3-pointer of the game to up its lead to 71-63.
Once again, Iowa State had to chip away again and on the back of Melvin Ejim and a big dunk by Dustin Hogue, Iowa State got the Oklahoma lead down to two at 76-74. Ejim gave Iowa State only its third lead of the game with a 3-pointer with 2:25 to go at 77-76. Oklahoma immediately responded as Ryan Spangler posted up Dustin Hogue for a bucket and a foul. Spangler added the free throw to put Oklahoma back up two.
After an empty Iowa State possession, Oklahoma began to slow the game down. With the shot clock running down it was Buddy Hield, who dominated from deep with six 3-pointers drove to the hole for a lay-in to give Oklahoma a four-point lead. DeAndre Kane could not convert his lay-in and Melvin Ejim could not reach the ball for a put-back opportunity.
Iowa State’s offense had another empty possession, meaning it would need the help of missed free throws to keep it close. However, OU was on cue from the charity stripe all day, finishing 18-of-21 and not having its first miss until well into the second half.
Cyclone Game Ball Goes to…
Melvin Ejim. The senior carried Iowa State back into the game with a fantastic second half. Ejim finished the game with 21 points on 9-of-17 shooting from the field, six rebounds and three assists.
*The loss marked the end of Iowa State’s streaks for most consecutive wins to start a season and the longest winning streak in school history, both at 14 games.
*Melvin Ejim moved up to 19th on Iowa State’s all-time scoring list, passing “The Roland Rocket”, Gary Thompson (1,253 points, 1955-57) and Robert Estes (1,259 points, 1979-82). Ejim now has 1,272 career points.
*Ejim finished with 21 points. He has scored in double figures in each of his 13 games this season and in 17 consecutive games dating back to last season.
*Dustin Hogue scored in double figures for the 11th time this year with 13 points.
*Georges Niang had his 12th game of the season and 35th of his career scoring in double figures with 14 points.
*DeAndre Kane led Iowa State with 23 points, his fifth 20-point game of the season.
The Cyclones will be on center-stage on “Big Monday” as ISU hosts No. 18 Kansas at 8 p.m. The game has been designated as “Gold Rules”, and fans are encouraged to wear gold to the game.