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Iowa State upsets No. 17 Oklahoma 88-80

AMES, Iowa (AP) Trae Young might be the best freshman in America - but he wasn't the best one in Ames on Saturday.

That distinction went to Iowa State's Lindell Wigginton, who kept his undermanned team in contention before drilling the 3 that sent Young and the Sooners packing on the road yet again.

Wigginton upstaged Young by scoring 26 points and the Cyclones upset No. 17 Oklahoma 88-80 on Saturday, handing the Sooners their sixth consecutive loss on the road.

''In my mind, I feel like I'm one of the best guards in the country. Obviously Trae is one of the best guards in the country too,'' Wigginton said. ''We had a good matchup and I'm looking forward to the next one.''

Fellow rookie Cam Lard wasn't bad either. He scored 19 points with 17 rebounds for the Cyclones (13-11, 4-8 Big 12), who beat a ranked team at home for the third time in a span of three weeks.

Iowa State built and then blew a 17-point lead, but Donovan Jackson's 3 with 1:55 left put it ahead 80-77. Wigginton then beat the shot clock with a long 3 after a discombobulated possession, and Jackson hit a pair of free throws to clinch the win.

The Cyclones ran the Sooners (16-8, 6-6) out of the building in the first half, holding Young to just one 3 in the opening 19 minutes while building a lead that stretched to 40-23.

''We didn't open the game like we wanted to. I thought Iowa State was sharp,'' Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said. ''We've got to do a better job (on defense). We've got to commit more to it.''

Young finished with 22 points and 11 assists, but he was just 1 of 8 on 3s with six turnovers.

''I had some open looks I didn't hit, that I usually do,'' Young said.

The Sooners fought back behind their defense. They held Iowa State without a field goal for eight minutes and eventually tied the game at 71-all on Young's layup with 4:55 left.

Christian James also had 22 points for Oklahoma, which last won on the road at TCU on Dec. 30.

THE BIG PICTURE

Oklahoma: The Sooners are going to have a tough time convincing the NCAA Tournament committee that they deserve a high seed unless they can start winning some games away from Norman. This one was there for them late, but Young couldn't find the magic he has so often shown this season.

Iowa State: The Cyclones were able to beat Young and the Sooners even without their own starting point guard, Nick Weiler-Babb, who was out yet again because of knee tendinitis. This was an admirable performance for a team with just eight players suited up to play. ''Now we've got to string two together,'' Iowa State coach Steve Prohm said. Jackson also scored 19 for Iowa State.

ROOKIE VS. ROOKIE

Young set up for a short jumper with Wigginton guarding him early in the first half. But Young, sensing a better shot, changed direction and instead lurched forward for an under-handed layup. But Wigginton wasn't fooled, and he swatted Young's shot into the stands. ''Lindell is a good player. But it's not just him,'' Young said.

NOT SO YOUNG ANYMORE

Young on Saturday became just the third Big 12 freshman to score at least 700 points, joining Kevin Durant and Michael Beasley. Young is also just the second Sooner with that many points in a season, as Wayman Tisdale scored 810 points in his historic 1982-83 campaign. What was so remarkable about Young's performance on Saturday was that it felt as though he was having a terrible game - and yet he still finished with a double-double.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

After losing to West Virginia at home and to the Cyclones on the road, Oklahoma might find itself out of Monday's poll.

UP NEXT

Oklahoma plays at Texas Tech on Tuesday.

Iowa State hosts Kansas on Tuesday.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Bad pass turnover on Jordan Shepherd, stolen by Lindell Wigginton 9.0
+ 1 Donovan Jackson made 2nd of 2 free throws 19.0
+ 1 Donovan Jackson made 1st of 2 free throws 19.0
  Personal foul on Rashard Odomes 19.0
+ 3 Brady Manek made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Trae Young 22.0
  Lost ball turnover on Donovan Jackson, stolen by Brady Manek 27.0
  Offensive rebound by Cameron Lard 42.0
  Lindell Wigginton missed 2nd of 2 free throws 42.0
+ 1 Lindell Wigginton made 1st of 2 free throws 42.0
  Shooting foul on Khadeem Lattin 42.0
  Defensive rebound by Lindell Wigginton 42.0
Team Stats
Points 80 88
Field Goals 27-63 (42.9%) 30-65 (46.2%)
3-Pointers 6-27 (22.2%) 7-17 (41.2%)
Free Throws 20-22 (90.9%) 21-27 (77.8%)
Total Rebounds 40 38
Offensive 9 13
Defensive 27 22
Team 4 3
Assists 16 18
Steals 9 12
Blocks 4 5
Turnovers 16 10
Fouls 22 19
Technicals 0 0
22 PTS, 9 REB
26 PTS, 5 REB, 5 AST
12T
away team logo 17 Oklahoma 16-8 354580
home team logo Iowa State 13-11 454388
Team Stats
away team logo 17 Oklahoma 16-8 84.9 PPG 41.7 RPG 15.0 APG
home team logo Iowa State 13-11 72.8 PPG 39.8 RPG 13.6 APG
Key Players
11
T. Young G 27.4 PPG 3.9 RPG 8.7 APG 42.2 FG%
5
L. Wigginton G 16.7 PPG 3.7 RPG 2.8 APG 41.4 FG%
Top Scorers
T. Young G 22 PTS 5 REB 11 AST
L. Wigginton G 26 PTS 5 REB 5 AST
42.9 FG% 46.2
22.2 3PT FG% 41.2
90.9 FT% 77.8
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
C. James 31 22 9 0 0 0 0 2 8/16 1/7 5/6 1 8
T. Young 36 22 5 11 4 0 6 1 7/21 1/8 7/7 1 4
B. Manek 30 14 8 1 2 1 1 1 4/9 3/7 3/3 2 6
R. Odomes 18 7 2 0 0 0 1 4 3/4 1/1 0/0 1 1
K. Lattin 23 4 5 1 2 3 1 5 1/3 0/0 2/2 2 3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
C. James 31 22 9 0 0 0 0 2 8/16 1/7 5/6 1 8
T. Young 36 22 5 11 4 0 6 1 7/21 1/8 7/7 1 4
B. Manek 30 14 8 1 2 1 1 1 4/9 3/7 3/3 2 6
R. Odomes 18 7 2 0 0 0 1 4 3/4 1/1 0/0 1 1
K. Lattin 23 4 5 1 2 3 1 5 1/3 0/0 2/2 2 3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. McNeace 12 6 2 0 0 0 3 4 2/2 0/0 2/2 0 2
J. Shepherd 28 4 2 2 1 0 3 4 2/5 0/2 0/0 0 2
T. Lazenby 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 1/2 0 0
K. Doolittle 6 0 2 1 0 0 1 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 1
M. Freeman 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 0
K. McGusty 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
H. Polla 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 0
M. Thorpe - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Geha - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Giles - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Streller - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 80 36 16 9 4 16 22 27/63 6/27 20/22 9 27
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
L. Wigginton 36 26 5 5 2 1 3 4 8/22 3/8 7/8 1 4
D. Jackson 40 19 3 4 2 0 5 4 5/11 3/6 6/6 0 3
C. Lard 36 19 17 3 3 2 1 1 7/11 0/0 5/9 9 8
S. Young 32 11 4 1 4 1 0 4 5/9 0/0 1/2 2 2
Z. Talley Jr. 29 10 2 3 1 0 0 3 4/7 0/0 2/2 0 2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
L. Wigginton 36 26 5 5 2 1 3 4 8/22 3/8 7/8 1 4
D. Jackson 40 19 3 4 2 0 5 4 5/11 3/6 6/6 0 3
C. Lard 36 19 17 3 3 2 1 1 7/11 0/0 5/9 9 8
S. Young 32 11 4 1 4 1 0 4 5/9 0/0 1/2 2 2
Z. Talley Jr. 29 10 2 3 1 0 0 3 4/7 0/0 2/2 0 2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Long 17 3 3 2 0 0 0 2 1/3 1/2 0/0 1 2
J. Beverly 9 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 1
T. Lewis 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
H. Brase - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Weiler-Babb - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 88 35 18 12 5 10 19 30/65 7/17 21/27 13 22