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Iowa State Takes Down Oklahoma in Double Overtime

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The Cyclones came back from a 19-point deficit in the first half and won it in 2OT.

NCAA Basketball: Iowa State at Oklahoma Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa State defeated Oklahoma 92-87 on Saturday afternoon in a game that had two overtime periods. The Cyclones were led by Deonte Burton’s career-high 31 points, 27 of which came after halftime.

ISU started the game extremely slow, falling behind by 19 points with 7:54 remaining in the first half. In classic Iowa State vs. Oklahoma fashion, the Cyclones mounted a huge run before halftime and actually went into the locker room with a one-point lead, 30-29.

In the second half, “good” Burton led the way scoring-wise and ISU was aided by a gutsy performance from Merrill Holden, who hadn’t played since the Texas Tech game nearly a month ago. Holden didn’t score, but was affecting shots around the rim on defense when he was in. He finished with 7 rebounds and 2 blocked shots before fouling out (of course) in the first overtime.

Iowa State had the ball with 43 seconds left in regulation down two points and ended up getting a one-handed tomahawk jam from Burton to tie the game at 69 and send it to overtime. In the first overtime period, Naz Mitrou-Long did his best “3sus saves” scenario, scoring six straight points on his own in the last minute and a half to force 2OT.

Once in double overtime, ISU got consecutive threes from Burton and Donovan Jackson and never relinquished the lead, despite a valiant effort from Oklahoma’s Jordan Woodard (21 points) down the stretch.

Mitrou-Long (20) and Monte Morris (19) both had big nights on the scoreboard in addition to Burton’s 31. Morris also added 8 assists, 4 rebounds and 3 steals.

Iowa State’s next game is at home on Tuesday night against Kansas State. That game will tip at 8 p.m. CST and can be seen on ESPNU.