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No. 9 Oklahoma holds off Iowa St 79-72


Oklahoma’s Brady Manek (35) looks for an outlet against Iowa State’s Rasir Bolton (45) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Norman on Saturday. (AP Photo/Garett Fisbeck)

By CLIFF BRUNT AP Sports Writer

NORMAN (AP) — Elijah Harkless scored a season-high 19 points, and No. 9 Oklahoma held off Iowa State 79-72 on Saturday to send the Cyclones to their seventh straight loss.

Austin Reaves, Oklahoma’s scoring leader this season, missed the previous two games while in COVID-19 protocols. He started and had 16 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.

Brady Manek, who returned to the starting lineup for the first time since being out with COVID-19, had nine points and a career-high 15 rebounds for the Sooners (12-5, 7-4 Big 12). Umoja Gibson added 18 points for Oklahoma, which bounced back from a close loss at No. 10 Texas Tech.

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