Oklahoma Sooners fall, 82-77, less than 10 hours after being named No. 1

Isaiah Cousins posts a career-high but misses a 3-pointer in the final seconds to stop rally.

Isaiah Cousins hadn’t missed a 3-pointer all night, busting his slump and resting on a career-high tying 24 points, when the ball bounced out to him in the final 15 seconds and the Oklahoma Sooners down by two points.

He got a clean look.

But after hitting a 3-pointer 20 seconds earlier to tie the game, Cousins appeared to rush his shot ever so slightly before the ball kicked back off the front rim.

Iowa State hit four more free throws in the final 10 seconds, and No. 1 Oklahoma’s reign at the top lasted a little less than 10 hours as the Sooners became the fifth No. 1 team to lose before February – the first time since 1948.

Cousins finished with a career-high 26 points. Buddy Hield added 27 points. Iowa State managed to walk away with only its second victory against a top-ranked team in program history, and Oklahoma lost for the fifth straight time in Ames, 82-77.

Shut down for much of the game, Hield caught fire late.

He hit a trio of 3s to help Oklahoma (15-2, 4-2 Big 12), which faced its largest halftime deficit of the season, rally from an eight-point hole with 6:27 to play. Hield hit a lay-up to pull Oklahoma within one with less than two minutes to go, but he missed a potentially game-typing lay-up that led to Cousins’ chance from the left wing.

Hield finished with six rebounds and four assists to go with his 11th 20-plus point performance in the last 12 games. Cousins had a game-high seven rebounds for Oklahoma, which struggled inside offensively and defensively.

Starting forwards Ryan Spanglerand Khadeem Lattin combined or two points and 10 rebounds. The Sooners, who shot 53.1 percent from behind the 3-point arc, was outscored significantly inside and was outrebounded by 11. The Cyclones had 30 points in the paint at halftime.

Oklahoma will go on the road against No. 14 Baylor on Saturday.


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