Going into Saturday's game against No. 9 Iowa State, Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger was scratching his head over his team's defensive performances.
The Sooners had struggled defensively and had one of the best offenses in the nation coming to town.
But Oklahoma came up with some critical stops late to come out with an 87-82 upset.
“I thought the second half there we got two or three stops that we really needed,” Kruger said. “We've got a long way to go defensively but happy for a couple of good, successful trips there.”
So it wasn't perfect, but the Sooners will take it.
The Sooners forced Iowa State to turn the ball over 13 times and converted those turnovers into 25 points, out-rebounded the Cyclones 41-34 and held Iowa State to just two second-chance points.
WOODARD SHUT OUT FROM LINE
Oklahoma freshman point guard Jordan Woodard came into Saturday's game leading the Big 12 in both free-throw attempts and makes.
But Woodard was shut out at the line for the first time this season.
Woodard still had an impact on the game, though, with five assists and just one turnover.
During the 20-7 Oklahoma run to start the second half, Woodard drove the baseline, then found Isaiah Cousins at the 3-point line past a collapsing defense. Cousins nailed the shot to put the Sooners up five.
All of Woodard's seven points came in a seven-minute span in the second.
“He made some really good plays down the stretch not just in terms of scoring but driving and kicking,” Kruger said. “He's tough off the dribble. He gets to the paint and still has good vision and makes pretty good plays.
Iowa State guard DeAndre Kane suffered an ankle injury in the game's final minute.
Kane, who led the Cyclones with 23 points, appeared to come down on an Oklahoma player's foot as Kane went toward the basket.
Kane was helped to the bench by teammates and then again carried off the floor to the tunnel before hopping to the trainer's room after the game.
Kane's injury is not believed to be serious.
Oklahoma will hit the road next week for a pair of Big 12 games.
The Sooners start out at Kansas State (12-4, 2-1) at 6 p.m. Wednesday (ESPN2), then travel to Baylor on Saturday.