Iowa State guard Will Clyburn had a stretch all his own in the second half that helped the Cyclones to a 73-66 victory against Oklahoma in the quarterfinal round of the Big 12 Championship.
In 2 minutes, 10 seconds, Clyburn scored 10 straight points.
The Cyclone guard's run began at the 5:29 mark, when he sank two free throws after Oklahoma's Andrew Fitzgerald fouled him. That brought Iowa State within five, 60-55.
Then, at 4:44, Clyburn scored a layup off the right side. Then, 33 seconds later, Cylburn drained a 3-pointer from the left side of the arc to tie the game at 60-all.
With 3:19 left, Clyburn made a basket and drew a foul from OU's Romero Osby for the and-one. Clyburn made all three and gave Iowa State it's first lead of the day at 63-62.
“Just in the flow of the game,” said Clyburn, a 6-foot-7 senior. “It's all about just me growing as a person. Earlier in the season, I had a tendency of going to my shell when things weren't going right.”
CLARK AIDS OFF THE BENCH
If junior reserve Cameron Clark wasn't hitting the jumper, he was at the free throw line draining a shot.
After going 2-of-4 in the first half, Clark finished the game 5-of-7 from the floor and 7-of-7 from the charity stripe. He collected 17 points for OU, one-less than leading scorer Romero Osby. Clark added four rebounds and three steals.
“Cam had a good stretch,” Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said. “Gave us a good lift, as Roe did earlier. But you've just gotta do things to try to keep your guys that are making plays involved a bit more.”
BUDDY HIELD BEING BUDDY HIELD
*In three seconds on Thursday, Big 12 country saw the bad and good of Oklahoma freshman Buddy Hield.
With 12:34 remaining in the first half, Hield lost the ball to Iowa State's Korie Lucious. Hield recovered from his blunder by tearing after Lucious. As the Iowa State guard attempted a layup off the right side of the glass, Hield jumped and flamboyantly blocked the shot with 12:31 remaining.
*During the game telecast, ESPN showed a clip from Wednesday as the Sooners watched a video of Kruger in his days as a Kansas State guard.
As the young Kruger drove and put up a shot over a defender, the players began to get rowdy.
With a smile, Kruger said, “You wouldn't want any part of it, Buddy.”
FREE THROW FANTASIES
That's what Oklahoma went from the free throw line the last time it played the Cyclones, in Norman on March 2.
In the quarterfinal round of the Big 12 Championships on Thursday, the Sooners went 15-of-18.
Two of the missed free throws came at critical times.
Sam Grooms missed one at 3:01 and another with 2:29 remaining in the second half.
Had the first miss been a make, the Sooners would have regained the lead, 64-63. Instead, the miss left the score tied.
Had the second miss been a make, Grooms would have a chance to cut Iowa State's lead to one, 66-65. Instead the Cyclones sat up by two, 66-64.
Grooms went 4-of-4 in the last game against Iowa State and went 4-of-6 Thursday.
Iowa State guard Will Clyburn on the team's ability to shoot: “Forget about making or missing. If you miss a shot, gotta shoot the next one. That's what we have on this team. Shooters with confidence.”
BY STEPHANIE KUZYDYM