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Christopherson Hits 1,000; Cyclones Down Oklahoma


This news story was published on February 19, 2012.
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AMES, Iowa – Scott Christopherson drilled five 3-pointers and scored 25 points to help Iowa State down Oklahoma, 80-69 Saturday afternoon in Hilton Coliseum, as the Cyclones won their fifth-straight home game.

Iowa State (19-8 overall, 9-5 Big 12 Conference) used a decisive 13-0 run in the second half to break open a close game while recording the season sweep over the Sooners. It marks the first time since 2001 that the Cyclones have swept two teams (Texas A&M) in league play.

Christopherson was the catalyst in the win, recording his seventh career 20-point game and his fifth game with five or more treys in his career. Christopherson now has 1,006 points in his career (including Marquette).

Melvin Ejim chipped in with his sixth career double-double, recording 10 points and 14 boards. Freshman Percy Gibson came off the bench to score 11 points and Chris Allen added 16 points on four treys.

Iowa State went into the break with a 37-28 lead. The Cyclones went five minutes without a field goal while clinging to a 22-20 lead with 5:50 left in the first half. Iowa State then went on a 7-0 run to move ahead 29-20.

Christopherson buried a three in the run, scoring 12 points in the first half to help ISU take the lead at the half.

Iowa State was empty on its first five possessions in the second half, allowing the Sooners to close the gap to 37-33. Royce White ended the scoring drought to put ISU back up, 39-33 with 16:28 remaining in the game.

A Christopherson 3-pointer and a Gibson basket pushed the Cyclone lead back up to nine points (44-35) with 12:12 left in the game.

It was still a five-point game (46-41) with 11:03 remaining until the Iowa State went on a 13-0 run in three minutes. Christopherson hit two treys and McGee added another on three-straight possessions to put ISU up 59-41 with 8:41 left.

Iowa State made 11 3-pointers in the game, the 12th time this season where the Cyclones made 10 or more treys in a game. The Cyclones were 26-of-52 from 3-point range in two games vs. the Sooners this season.

Iowa State remains at home to play host to Texas Tech on Wednesday. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. CST on ESPNU.

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