Oklahoma 83, Iowa State 73
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Harvey Grant scored 25 points as 17th-ranked Oklahoma rallied from 10 points down at halftime to beat Iowa State 83-73 Friday night in a first-round game of the Big Eight basketball tournament.
The Sooners, 22-8, meet Kansas in one semifinal game Saturday while No. 19 Missouri plays Kansas State.
Iowa State, which defeated the Sooners during the regular season, led 61-60 midway through the second half when Tim McCalister, playing on a twisted ankle suffered Thursday, hit two straight baskets for a 64-61 Oklahoma lead.
After Grant scored from the floor, Dave Sieger hit a pair of baskets around one by Iowa State’s Jeff Grayer to make it 70-63 with 4:17 to go.
Grant and Sieger then followed a missed Iowa State shot and a turnover by the Cyclones with two free throws each for a 74-63 advantage with 2:39 to play.
Oklahoma wiped out the 10-point halftime deficit scoring the first 12 points of the second half for a 44-42 lead. Grant had two baskets in the spurt, Ricky Grace hit a 3-point shot and McCalister capped the run with a 3- point shot that gave the Sooners the lead with 17:19 to go.
The 32 points scored by the Sooners in the first half were fewest they had scored in the first half oof any game all season.
The Cyclones led for most of the first half, outscoring Oklahoma 14-5 in the last 5:13 to build its 42-32 lead. A tip-in by Darryl Spinks with 20 seconds left in the half produced the 10-point lead.
Grace scored 16 points for Oklahoma while McCalister and Sieger each finished with 13. Jeff Grayer scored 20 points and Elmer Robinson had 17 for Iowa State, which ended its season 13-15.