Heading into today’s game, No. 17 Oklahoma (16-8, 6-6) was on the ropes of falling out of the Top 25 with five losses in their last seven games. The Sooners surged back in the second half after trailing by 17 late in the first half, but eventually fell to Iowa State 88-80.
Brady Manek opened the game up with a 3-pointer for the Sooners after a Cameron Lard dunk, and Iowa State and Oklahoma continued to trade blows for the first seven minutes of the game. The Cyclones gained a two-possession lead soon after, and then continued to build up their lead to 14 at 28-14.
Iowa State’s lead grew to 17 with just over four minutes to go, and Oklahoma was able to cut it down to 10 right before half. Christian James lead Oklahoma in scoring in the first half with 13 points on 4-of-8 shooting, and finished tied as the Sooners’ leading scorer for the game with 22 points on 8-of-16, including nine rebounds.
It did not take long for Oklahoma to get back in the game in the second half, as Trae Young exploded out of halftime with six points on three layups to cut their 10 point deficit to six. The second half had many runs, with the Sooners tying the game twice at 71 and 77. It was a hump that Trae Young and Oklahoma could not get over despite his 15 second half points, and Oklahoma fell to Iowa State on the road for their sixth-straight road loss.
Trae Young finished the game with a double-double on 22 points and 11 assists, but shot 7-of-21 from the field, including 1-of-8 from 3-point line. Brady Manek broke out of his road struggles, scoring 14 points on 4-of-9 shooting (3-of-7 from three) and adding eight rebounds.
This loss likely pushes the Sooners out of the top 25, and they now fall to sole possession of fifth place in the Big 12. Their road woes are becoming a trend, and the Sooners have to travel to Big 12 No. 1 Texas Tech on Tuesday night.