AMES, Iowa- Iowa State (20-8, 9-6 Big 12) needed a victory tonight vs. Oklahoma (17-11, 5-10 Big 12) and they got it, as the Cyclones heated up in the second half to down the Sooners, 78-61 in Hilton Coliseum.
ISU made 8-of-14 3-pointers after intermission to help the Cyclones record 20 victories for the seventh time in the last eight seasons. ISU ended the game shooting 51.9 percent from the field, the eighth time this season making over half its shots, and 47.8 percent (11-23 3FG) from downtown.
Marial Shayok came up big for the Cyclones, leading all scorers with 21 points (8-13 FG). He also grabbed six rebounds and dished out five assists.
Talen Horton-Tucker chipped in with 18 points and Nick Weiler-Babb grabbed a team-high eight rebounds in the win.
How It Happened
Iowa State began the game 3-of-10 from the field, falling behind 14-7 in the early going. The Cyclones then made 7-of-10 to take a 27-21 lead. Shayok had three baskets in the quick turnaround.
ISU went into the break with a slim 37-36 lead. The Cyclones hit 51.7 pct. in the first half, but the Sooners were 6-of-10 from downtown.
Shayok made a pair of treys in less than a minute to help the Cyclones move ahead 55-47 with under 12 minutes left in the game.
The Cyclone lead then stretched to 16 points (63-47) when Weiler-Babb and Tyrese Haliburton connected on a pair of treys, followed by a Shayok lay-in.
OU trimmed the lead to 11 points, but Michael Jacobson drilled a couple of jumpers, including a 3-pointer, to give the Cyclones a comfortable 69-53 lead with 5:57 remaining.
Players of Note
Marial Shayok tallied his 13th 20-point game of the season with 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the field. Shayok was 3-of-6 from beyond the arc, including two big treys in the second half to help ISU take control of the contest.
Tyrese Haliburton had nice stat line, posting eight points, two assists, two rebounds and three steals tonight. Haliburton scored all of his points in the second half and made two treys. He now has 47 steals on the season to rank fifth on ISU’s freshman list.
Iowa State travels to Texas on Saturday. Tipoff is at 1 p.m.