Iowa St. 68, Oklahoma St. 52
AMES, Iowa (AP)—Rahshon Clark broke out of a slump with 19 points, Curtis Stinson added 18 and Iowa State broke a four-game losing streak with a 68-52 victory over Oklahoma State on Wednesday night.
Oklahoma State (14-13, 4-9 Big 12) was coming off an 81-60 rout of then-No. 6 Texas, but never came close to matching the proficiency it showed in that game. The Cowboys were sloppy with the ball, shot poorly and went nearly nine minutes near the end of the first half without scoring.
Iowa State (15-11, 5-8) was more aggressive defensively, took the ball to the basket instead of settling for jump shots and built a 26-6 edge in points off turnovers. The Cyclones outrebounded a conference opponent for just the third time this season (41-32) and shot more free throws for only the second time in a Big 12 game.
Trailing by eight midway through the first half, Iowa State ran off 15 points during OSU’s drought and finished the half with a 17-2 run to open a 31-24 lead. Oklahoma State never got closer than five in the second half.
Clark came up with a solid effort after making just 12 of 29 shots in his previous four games. Stinson complemented his scoring with nine rebounds, five assists and two steals.
Mario Boggan led Oklahoma State with 17 points and Byron Eaton scored 12. JamesOn Curry, who had 22 against Texas, was held to eight on 3-for-12 shooting. The Cowboys shot 41.7 percent and finished with 24 turnovers.
It was Oklahoma State’s fourth game with assistant coach Sean Sutton running the team in place of his father. Eddie Sutton is on medical leave and facing a drunken driving charge from a traffic accident on Feb. 10.
The university announced earlier Wednesday that Sutton would undergo surgery on Thursday to correct chronic hip and back problems. The Cowboys are 1-3 in his absence.
Oklahoma State led 22-14 when Eaton drove for a basket with 9:29 left in the first half. But they didn’t score again until Kenny Cooper got loose for a bucket inside with 35 seconds remaining. In between, OSU missed seven shots and turned it over seven times.
A pull-up jumper by 6-foot-10 Jessan Gray finished Iowa State’s 15-point burst and gave the Cyclones a 29-22 lead. After Cooper scored for the Cowboys, Clark tipped in a miss just before the buzzer to take the lead back to seven.
Iowa State quickly built the lead to 35-24 in the second half, then answered every time the Cowboys threatened.
When Oklahoma State drew to 45-40, Iowa State responded with an 11-2 run. Stinson brought the crowd to its feet near the end of that spurt when he fired a behind-the-back pass to Jiri Hubalek, then followed up for a basket when Hubalek missed his layup.
Later, Stinson lobbed to Clark for a backboard-shaking dunk that made it 64-49.