Iowa State rallies from 21 down
Oklahoma was up by 20 when Isaiah Cousins hollered at the Iowa State bench. Cousins got a technical foul — and the Cyclones got all the motivation they needed to spark one of the best comebacks in school history.
Georges Niang had 20 of his 23 points in the second half and No. 17 Iowa State rallied from a 21-point deficit to stun No. 15 Oklahoma 77-70 on Monday night in Ames, Iowa, ending a two-game losing streak.
Monte Morris had 19 points for the Cyclones (21-8, 11-6 Big 12), who maintained their slim shot at a share of the conference title following one of the wilder league games in years.
Oklahoma raced to a 19-point halftime lead. But Iowa State scored 22 straight points in just over 5 minutes — all immediately following Cousins' technical — and outscored the Sooners 59-33 in the second half.
"Luckily, we retaliated the right way," Niang said. "That was just the push that we needed."
Buddy Hield had 26 points for the Sooners (20-9, 11-6).
"They responded well," Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said. "We contributed to it, for sure."
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