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Cyclones Fall 90-61 at Oklahoma

Tyrese’s absence was felt...hard.

NCAA Basketball: Iowa State at Oklahoma Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports

Following the loss of Tyrese Haliburton for the rest of the season due to a broken wrist, the obvious question was how the Cyclones would respond to adversity without their star point guard.

The answer? Not great.

The game actually started fairly well, as Iowa State stayed neck and neck with the Sooners through the entire first half, including a Caleb Grill made three (!!!). However a fatal turnover at the end of the half struck once again, allowing Oklahoma to take a four point lead into halftime.

The second half actually started worse than the first half ended, as Oklahoma quickly opened up a ten point lead, and eventually stretched it out to twenty with just a few minutes left in the game. Turnovers and transition defense continued to be massive issues. The lone bright spot of the game might be that Caleb Grill appears to have somewhat gotten out of his epic funk, and should be headed in the right direction going forward.

Up next is a chance at redemption at home against a struggling TCU squad on Sunday.