Oklahoma's four-game winning streak came to a screeching halt in a 58-51 loss to Iowa State Tuesday night in Ames, Iowa.
The Sooners, who trailed 32-17 at halftime and by as many as 18 with 16:04 to go in the game, fought back to cut the lead to 53-49 with 54 seconds to go. OU had a chance to cut into the lead 11 seconds later, but Michael Neal missed a 3-pointer and the Cyclones went on to hit six free throws down the stretch to ice the game.
OU jumped out to an early 5-0 lead, but the Cyclones responded with a 14-0 run to take control of the game. The Sooners shot just 30 percent from the field in the first half and actually committed more turnovers (12) than made field goals (6) in the first 20 minutes.
On the other hand, the Cyclones were hot shooting 48.9 percent from the field and center Jiri Hubalek recorded a career-high 26 points.
Longar Longar was scoreless in the first half, but rebounded in the final 20 minutes to score a team-high 20 points. He also grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds and blocked two shots.
Senior foward Nate Carter, who came into the game averaging 19.3 points a game in Big 12 play, finished with just two points and was 0-for-5 from the field.
With the loss, the Sooners fell to 15-9 overall and 6-5 in Big 12 play. They are still in sole possession of fifth place, but just by a half game over Oklahoma State (5-5) and one game over Texas Tech (5-6). Kansas State is in fourth place at 7-4.
Oklahoma will return to Norman Saturday for a showdown with No. 6 Texas A&M (21-4). Tip-off is set for 2:30 p.m.
MBB Final: Iowa State 58 Oklahoma 51
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