Johnson’s career-high 24 points leads ISU past Cowboys 73-66
AMES, Iowa (AP)—Wesley Johnson scored a career-high 24 points to lead Iowa State past Oklahoma State 73-66 on Saturday for its ninth win in 11 games.
Freshman Craig Brackins added 15 points and Jiri Hubalek had 13 for the Cyclones (12-6, 2-1 Big 12), who rallied from an early 10-point hole and extended Oklahoma State’s road losing streak to 16 games.
Oklahoma State (10-7, 1-2) clawed within 67-64 on a 3-point play by Obi Muonelo with 53 seconds left, but Terrel Harris missed a 3 and the Cowboys were forced to foul. Jiri Hubalek nailed four straight from the line, and Johnson followed with a steal to cement the victory.
Iowa State improved to 9-0 when scoring at least 70 points.
Oklahoma State’s leading scorer, freshman James Anderson, scored just four points on 1-of-5 shooting from the field. He missed the final 12:26 of the Cowboys’ loss to Baylor last Tuesday with an ankle injury and wasn’t much of a factor against the Cyclones. He missed an open 3 that would have made it a one-possession game with less than two minutes left.
Harris and Marcus Dove each scored 17 to lead the Cowboys.
After a sloppy first half, Iowa State opened the second with an 11-3 run to retake the lead. Rahshon Clark hit a 3 to put the Cyclones ahead, and Johnson followed with a 3-point play to make it 46-43. Oklahoma State briefly jumped ahead 56-55, but Brackins answered with a 3, a jumper and a free throw to help put the Cyclones ahead 63-56 with 5:26 left.
Clark and Iowa State coach Greg McDermott picked up technical fouls early in the first half, and Oklahoma State seized momentum with a 13-2 run to go up six. Oklahoma State pushed that lead to as much as 33-23, but the Cyclones responded with an 12-4 run to get within 37-35 late in the first half.
Byron Eaton hit a fadeaway 3 as time expired to put the Cowboys ahead 40-35 at the break. Iowa State committed 11 turnovers in the opening half, one more than it had in Wednesday’s win over Missouri.
Clark hit a 3-pointer late in the first half to become the 26th player in Iowa State history with more than 1,000 points.
The Cowboys, who haven’t won a road game under second-year coach Sean Sutton, last notched a road victory on Feb. 4, 2006 at Kansas State.