OU basketball: Sooners use late rebounding to sink No. 9 Iowa State

The Sooners made six consecutive stops to put the game out of reach. OU did so by not giving Iowa State good looks at the basket and with strong rebounding.
by Ryan Aber Published: January 12, 2014

NORMAN — Oklahoma basketball coach Lon Kruger still wasn't completely pleased with his team's defense a day after the Sooners beat No. 9-ranked Iowa State 87-82.

“It was better,” Kruger said. “Still streaky.

“But I thought we had some key possessions late that were really important and obviously if you're going to have some good stops, that's when you'd like to get them, but we've just got to keep working.”

After Melvin Ejim's 3-pointer put Iowa State ahead with just under three minutes left, the Sooners made six consecutive stops to put the game out of reach.

The Sooners did so by not giving the Cyclones good looks at the basket and with strong rebounding.

A quick look at the six possessions that sealed the game:

*Jordan Woodard and Buddy Hield keep DeAndre Kane and Monte Norris from getting an open lane to the basket or a good look at a 3-pointer. As the shot clock winds down, Kane tries to get Ejim a good look from the corner, but Ejim's 3-pointer is airballed and Cameron Clark easily grabs the rebound.

*Kane drives the lane right into three Sooner defenders and misses a layup. Ejim follows with a dunk attempt but misses, and Isaiah Cousins grabs the board.

*Hield locks down Kane before Cousins switches over. Naz Long finally gets a 3-pointer off a screen, but Clark defends closely and Hield comes down with the rebound.

by Ryan Aber
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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