Iowa State built a 10-point lead early in the second half, but the Sooners answered with an 11-1 run, sparked by three Steven Pledger 3-pointers, to tie it 56-56 with 7:49 remaining.
Appropriately, the Cyclones answered with a Chris Allen 3-pointer on their next possession and the Sooners again were forced to play catch-up down the stretch.
“The nature of any athletic competition is when you have to work to get back (it can) be a little bit draining and fatiguing,” Kruger said. “But you have to work through that and try to push right on by.”
Iowa State (17-6 overall, 7-3 in league play) has been the biggest surprise in the Big 12 this season. The Cyclones have been bolstered by several transfers recruited by Hoiberg a year ago when he took the job. At the top of that group is White, who transferred from Minnesota.
“Royce has gotten so good at throwing those pinpoint passes,” said ISU guard Scott Christopherson. “He's able to see over double-teams. We may not make 15 every (game) it happens but when we're getting shots like that we're probably going to shoot pretty well.”