DES MOINES, Iowa — Oklahoma City (23-11) finished the final 5:27 on a 22-10 run, but Iowa (8-24) escaped with their first win of the season against the Blue, winning 111-107 Thursday night at Wells Fargo Arena. The win also erased a three-game losing streak for Iowa.
No player scored more than 16 points in a well-balanced offensive night for Iowa. Cartier Martin (16 points, two rebounds) was the high man in the Energy win.
Troy Williams fueled Iowa with eight points in the first quarter as the Energy jumped out to a quick 26-20 lead. The Energy were firing on all cylinders for the first three quarters of the game, outscoring the Blue 85-66 while shooting 47 percent from the field.
JaKarr Sampson exploded for 15 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots on the night. Wayne Selden Jr. and Jarell Martin each added 14 points. Martin’s all-around performance included seven rebounds and five assists.
Amir Williams came within one rebound of another double-double. The Ohio State alum put up 13 points and nine rebounds in 23 minutes of action.
Wade Baldwin IV had a team-high four steals to go along with four assists, six rebounds and 12 points.