AMES — The shot clock was expiring when Iowa State guard Lindell Wigginton got the ball from Solomon Young and drilled a deep 3-pointer with 1 minute, 5 seconds remaining Saturday afternoon at Hilton Coliseum.

Wigginton’s shot gave the Cyclones an 83-77 lead and the momentum they needed to close out No. 17 Oklahoma 88-80.

Wigginton finished with 26 points, five rebounds and five assists, while fellow freshman Cameron Lard had 19 points, 17 rebounds, three steals and two blocks.

“His energy is just so good when he’s really locked in and competing,” coach Steve Prohm said of Lard. “Think about this ... he has 17 rebounds and he’s guarding a guard. He’s chasing (Rashard) Odomes, (Christian James) or he’s chasing another perimeter guy.”

Lard said he played with the same energy on Saturday as he does every day. The difference, simply, was that he was on tonight and the ball came to him.

Lard dished the ball to Donovan Jackson for another big 3-pointer right before Wigginton delivered his dagger.

“The play of the game – forget the rebounds – is he’s under the goal, and he could shoot a little turnaround three-footer,” Prohm said. “But he sees Donovan and he makes the pass – that’s growth. When Cameron is locked in, he’s really good. I think he has a chance, when he gets it all figured out, to be elite.”

Wigginton was also impressive finding his teammates for open looks, even though he’s still figuring out the position.

“He’s just learning the position, really,” Prohm said. “It’s trial by fire throwing him out there. He’s growing. He’s thinking scoring – that’s kind of his nature, that’s in his blood – but as he continues to grow in this position, a five-assist, three-turnover game can become a seven-assist, one-turnover game.”

Before the game, a lot of the talk was about Wigginton versus Oklahoma’s stellar freshman Trae Young. Wigginton called it a measuring stick

Young had 22 points on 7-for-21 shooting from the field and 1-for-8 shooting from beyond the arc. Young also added 11 assists and five rebounds.

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

Iowa St. 88, Oklahoma 80

OKLAHOMA (16-8) — Lattin 1-3 2-2 4, Manek 4-9 3-3 14, Odomes 3-4 0-0 7, James 8-16 5-6 22, T. Young 7-21 7-7 22, Freeman 0-1 0-0 0, Doolittle 0-0 0-0 0, McNeace 2-2 2-2 6, Polla 0-1 0-0 0, McGusty 0-0 0-0 0, Shepherd 2-5 0-0 4, Lazenby 0-1 1-2 1. Totals 27-63 20-22 80.

IOWA ST. (13-11) — S. Young 5-9 1-2 11, Talley 4-7 2-2 10, Lard 7-11 5-9 19, Jackson 5-11 6-6 19, Wigginton 8-22 7-8 26, Beverly 0-2 0-0 0, Long 1-3 0-0 3, Lewis 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 30-65 21-27 88.

Halftime—Iowa St. 45-35. 3-point goals—Oklahoma 6-27 (Manek 3-7, Odomes 1-1, James 1-7, T. Young 1-8, Freeman 0-1, Lazenby 0-1, Shepherd 0-2), Iowa St. 7-17 (Jackson 3-6, Wigginton 3-8, Long 1-2, Beverly 0-1). Fouled out—Lattin. Rebounds—Oklahoma 36 (James 9), Iowa St. 35 (Lard 17). Assists—Oklahoma 15 (T.Young 11), Iowa St. 18 (Wigginton 5). Total fouls—Oklahoma 22, Iowa St. 19.

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