No. 1 Oklahoma falls to Iowa State
AMES, Iowa — Another No. 1 team came to the state of Iowa. Another No. 1 team left with a loss.
Georges Niang scored 22 points, Monte Morris added 20 and No. 19 Iowa State beat top-ranked Oklahoma 82-77 on Monday night, its first win over a No. 1 team since toppling Wilt Chamberlain's Kansas Jayhawks in 1957.
Morris had a jumper, a key rebound and two free throws in the final 21 seconds for the Cyclones (14-4, 3-3 Big 12), who were actually slight favorites at home.
It was the third time a No. 1 team lost within Iowa's borders this season. Northern Iowa beat North Carolina and Iowa beat Michigan State.
"Basketball is alive and well here. Basketball is at an elite level in Iowa," said Niang, who grew up in Massachusetts.
Oklahoma, which moved to No. 1 earlier Monday for the first time in 26 years, didn't go down quietly. Isaiah Cousins hit a 3 with 41 seconds left to tie the game at 75.
But Morris drilled a step-back jumper for the lead, and Abdel Nader's free throws with 3.1 seconds to go put it out of reach.
Buddy Hield scored 27 points and Cousins had a career-high 26 for the Sooners (15-2, 4-2). They could make a case for retaining the top spot with a win Saturday at No. 13 Baylor.
Oklahoma's two losses came in two of the toughest places to play in the country. The Sooners fell in triple overtime at Kansas in arguably the best game of the season so far.
"We came ready to play. But Iowa State had more fight than us," Hield said.
Iowa State nearly beat Oklahoma on the road in the Big 12 opener earlier this month. The Cyclones led for 30 minutes, but Morris missed a wide-open 3 with 6 seconds left and the Sooners escaped 87-83.
Nader scored 20 points for the Cyclones, who won despite allowing Oklahoma to hit 10 of 16 3s in the second half.
Iowa State has now won two straight after a 1-3 Big 12 start that threatened to derail its league title hopes.
"They all stuck together, and it just shows our character," Iowa State coach Steve Prohm said. "It's about the players, and (Niang and Morris) were tremendous."
SYRACUSE 64, No. 20 DUKE 62: At Durham, N.C., Tyler Roberson had 14 points and a career-high 20 rebounds and Syracuse handed Duke its third straight loss. Trevor Cooney, Malachi Richardson and Duke transfer Michael Gbinije all scored 14 points for Syracuse (13-7, 3-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), which improved to 3-1 since Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim returned from his nine-game suspension. Marshall Plumlee had 19 points and 17 rebounds to lead Duke (14-5, 3-3), which has its longest losing streak since the 2006-07 team dropped its final four games.
No. 22 PURDUE 107, RUTGERS 57: At Piscataway, N.J., freshman Caleb Swanigan had 12 points and 13 rebounds, and Purdue held a 63-23 advantage on the boards in handing Rutgers its worst home loss. Rutgers previous worst loss at home was a 111-69 decision to Lafayette on March 3, 1956. The 107 points tied a season high for Purdue and the 50-point margin of victory was its biggest of the season and its biggest ever in a Big Ten game.