All Iowa State does these days is beat ranked opponents at Hilton Coliseum.
The Cyclones defeated 17th-ranked Oklahoma, 88-80, on Saturday afternoon, ISU’s third-straight home win against a Big 12 Top 25 opponent.
ISU freshman Lindell Wigginton had 26 points, five rebounds and five assists as he out-dueled Oklahoma’s star freshman, Trae Young, who had 22 points, 11 assists and five rebounds.
Young leads the country in both scoring and assists, averaging more than 30 points and 11 assists in Big 12 play, and has flummoxed defenses with his unlimited range and uncanny vision.
ISU held him to 7 of 21 shooting, including 1 of 8 from 3-point range, and forced him into six turnovers.
“It was a good matchup,” ISU senior Donovan Jackson, who was one of multiple Cyclones to draw the Young defensive assignment, said. “I just knew I had to play the best defense I could.
“His change of pace is really good.”
ISU entered the game truly concerned about Young’s ability to facilitate for his teammates, and he did tally 11 assists, but the Sooners shot just 33.3 percent from the floor in the first half and 42.9 percent for the game. They connected on just 2 of 11 3s.
For an ISU team that ranks near the bottom of the Big 12 in just about every defensive category, it was a resounding performance.
“When I watch film with the guys, that’s probably been our biggest frustration,” ISU coach Steve Prohm said. “We’ve got to have better carryover. This is what we’re practicing, this is what we’re doing.
“We have to carry it over better to the games.”
The Cyclones (13-11, 4-8) also had success on offense, shooting 46.2 percent from the floor as a team.
Cameron Lard had 19 points and 17 rebounds for Iowa State. Lard’s nine offensive rebounds are the most for an ISU player in nearly three years.
“He just kind of goes in there and cleans it up,” Prohm said.
Lard is the top offensive rebounder in the Big 12, grabbing 16.1 percent of ISU’s misses when he’s on the floor during conference play. He’s also turning those rebounds into points with numerous tip-dunks, which ranks second as Lard’s favorite on-court pastime.
“Probably yelling at the fans,” he said as his No. 1 preference.
ISU hosts another ranked opponent next week with No. 10 Kansas set to visit Ames.