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Cyclones end regular season with loss in Norman

Mar 2, 2018; Norman, OK, USA; Oklahoma Sooners guard Jordan Shepherd (13) and Oklahoma Sooners center Jamuni McNeace (4) celebrate after a play against the Iowa State Cyclones during the first half at Lloyd Noble Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Lindell Wigginton was able to set the internet ablaze, but Iowa State didn’t have enough to leave Norman with a win on Friday. The Cyclones battled closely with Oklahoma in both teams’ regular-season finale before coming away with an 81-60 loss at the Lloyd Noble Center.

Wigginton led the way for Iowa State with 20 points, including a monster slam dunk over Oklahoma senior forward Khadeem Lattin.

Donovan Jackson and Jeff Beverly both joined Wigginton by scoring in double-figures with 10 and 11 points, respectively. Beverly also contributed a game-high 15 rebounds.

Oklahoma’s offense was powered by a balanced attack between Trae Young, Christian James and Cameron McGusty. All three players scored in double-figures with McGusty’s 18 points leading the way.

The Cyclones went just 3-of-20 from behind the 3-point line and shot just 42 percent from the field. Perhaps the biggest statistical difference is Oklahoma’s 22  points off of 14 Iowa State turnovers compared to seven Cyclone points off of six OU giveaways.

The loss drops Iowa State to 13-17 and 4-14 in Big 12 play as they enter the Big 12 tournament in Kansas City next week. The Cyclones will play in the nightcap of Wednesday night’s doubleheader at the Sprint Center.

Jared Stansbury

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Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.

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