The 22nd-ranked Sooners played suffocating defense and broke out their newfound shooting touch, extending their winning streak to four games with a 75-48 Big 12 Conference rout of Iowa State.
It was an impressive win for Oklahoma (14-4, 4-3 Big 12), which began the day a game behind the Cyclones for fourth place in the conference. It had lost four straight contests before getting back on track.
"Not very many teams can lose four games and turn around and win four games in a row," Sooners coach Kelvin Sampson said. "That's what makes me so proud of our team - our toughness."
It was evident on defense as Oklahoma forced 19 turnovers and held Iowa State to 34 percent from the field (17-of-50). Senior center Jabahri Brown led the way with two blocks and three steals.
Part of the defensive strategy was to limit Iowa State's 3-point looks. The Cyclones started the night third in the conference at 38 percent from the arc and went 5-of-14.
"We played excellent defense tonight," said Sooners guard De'Angelo Alexander, who scored 17 points off the bench. "We took away the 3-point line, which is a big part of their game."
It's not part of the Sooners', but they buried 12-of-25 attempts after entering the game ninth in the Big 12 at 32.5 percent from the arc. Alexander made five 3-pointers, Lawrence McKenzie added three and Jason Detrick chipped in two.
"They shot the ball well tonight," Iowa State coach Wayne Morgan said. "Our defense could have played better, but at the same time those kids made some deep 3-point shots."
Oklahoma closed the first half with an 11-0 run, taking a 31-17 advantage into the locker room. Appropriately, Alexander finished the burst with a 3-pointer 24 seconds before the break.
The Sooners led by at least nine points the rest of the way and by as many as 30. The cushion was 52-30 with 11:57 left following an 8-0 spurt and 69-39 with 4:31 to go after a 9-0 run.
"You can tell that we were due for this," said Sampson, whose team shot 45 percent (27-of-60) and committed only nine turnovers. "The end of January and February for us is what most teams go through earlier in the season."
"We knew we were due for a 20-point-plus victory," added McKenzie, who scored 16 points. "Our performance was excellent tonight."
Iowa State failed to build on Saturday's upset of then-No. 12 Kansas, falling to 1-5 on the road. Morgan gave all the credit to the Sooners.
"I thought Oklahoma played very well and outplayed us in every facet of the game," he said.
"We're turning into a team," he said. "And a team is hard to beat."