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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

*This time, it's forward Ryan Spangler out contesting the 3-point shot from Kane, and Clark brings down the board.

*Clark again comes down with a defensive rebound following another contested 3-pointer (this one by Woodard) by Long.

*Kane drives the lane, but Spangler swats it away. The Sooners get the ball out of bounds.

All of the possessions ended with an OU rebound.

“We got our butts kicked on the boards against Kansas, and that was something that we had under control when we played Iowa State,” sophomore guard Je'lon Hornbeak said. “We came with those big defensive stops at the end. We let a little lead go, but sometimes you've got to grind some games out so we're OK with that. We can get better still.”

Oklahoma's tough start to the Big 12 season continues at 6 p.m. Tuesday when it plays at Kansas State.

The Sooners will head into the game with a different feel than Saturday, when they were bouncing back from the loss to Kansas.

“Getting those big stops not only is a big help in production but confidence,” Kruger said. “It's a huge difference.”

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
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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