K-State Shows Fight in 86-76 Loss at 2/1 Oklahoma




10-5 (0-3 Big 12)

13-1 (2-1 MVC)

B. Brown: 19pts, 8rebs, 2stls
D. Wade: 12pts, 4rebs
S. Hurt: 11pts, 6rebs

B. Hield: 31pts, 8rebs, 5asts
J. Woodard: 19pts, 4asts, 3rebs
R. Spangler: 14pts, 7rebs, 4asts

K-State 35 41 76
Oklahoma 44 42 86

NORMAN, Okla. -- National Player of the Year candidate Buddy Hield scored a game-high 31 points to help No. 2/1 Oklahoma to an 86-76 win over Kansas State on Saturday before a crowd of 11,113 at the Lloyd Noble Center.

The Sooners (13-1, 2-1 Big 12) connected an opponent-high 56.5 percent (35-of-62), including 57.9 percent (11-of-19) from 3-point range, and held the lead for all but 34 seconds of the contest in snapping a 2-game losing skid to the Wildcats (10-5, 0-3 Big 12). Four of the K-State’s 5 losses have come to Top 25 opponents.

Hield, who scored a career-best 46 points in the triple-overtime loss at No. 1 Kansas, again put on offensive display, scoring a game-high 31 points on 11-of-14 field goals, including 6-of-8 from 3-point range, to go with 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 blocks and 2 steals in 32 minutes. He was joined in double figures by junior Jordan Woodard (19), senior Ryan Spangler (14) and sophomore Khadeem Lattin (10). Latin, who also logged a double-double with a game-high 10 rebounds, recorded 6 of the Sooners’ 11 blocked shots.

Oklahoma starters combined to score 80 of the team’s 86 points on 60.4 percent shooting (32-of-53).

Down by as many as 21 points in the first half to the potent Sooners, the Wildcats showed resiliency in the second half, closing to within 70-62 with 6:26 remaining on a jumper by freshman Barry Brown, who led the Wildcats with 19 points. However, Hield kept K-State at bay with his sixth 3-pointer just 33 seconds later to end the 17-7 run and extend the lead back to double figures. The Wildcats would get no closer than 8 points the rest of the way.

Brown, who has led K-State in scoring 4 times in the last 5 games, posted double figures for the sixth time on 6-of-12 field goals to go with a season-high 8 rebounds and 2 steals. He was among four Wildcats to score in double digits, along with freshman Dean Wade (12), senior Stephen Hurt (11) and junior D.J. Johnson (10).

The loss gave K-State 3 straight setbacks to start Big 12 play for the first time since dropping its first 4 league games in 2008-09. The 3 losses have come by a grand total of 17 points.

The Basics
Final Score: 2/1 Oklahoma 86, Kansas State 76
Records: Kansas State 10-5, 0-3 Big 12 // 2/1 Oklahoma 13-1, 2-1 Big 12
Attendance: 11,113
Next Game: Tuesday, Jan. 12 \\ Texas Tech \\ 7 p.m. CT \\ FOX Sports Kansas City

The Short Story

Senior Buddy Hield scored a game-high 31 points to help No. 2/1 Oklahoma to an 86-76 win over Kansas State on Saturday afternoon before 11,113 fans at the Lloyd Noble Center.
Hield led four players in double figures, as Sooner starters combined for 80 of the team’s 86 points.
Oklahoma posted opponent highs for field goals (35), field goal percentage (56.5), 3-point field goals (11), 3-point field goal percentage (57.9), assists (23) and rebounds (44).
The Sooners led by as many as 21 points in the first half before the Wildcats rallied to within 8 points in the second half, including 70-62 with 6:26 to play.
Led by Hield, Oklahoma would not let K-State get any closer down the stretch.
Freshman Barry Brown led four Wildcats in double figures with 19 points to go with a season-high 8 rebounds. He has now led the team in scoring 4 times in the last 5 games off the bench.

How It Happened | First Half
The Sooners started hot, connecting on 5 of their first 7 field goals, including both 3-pointers, to take 12-2 lead and forced the Wildcats to take their first timeout at the 15:45 mark.
K-State were forced to burn its second time less than 3 minutes later, as the Oklahoma lead grew to 22-6 at the 13:17 mark. Hield scored 12 of the Sooners’ first 22 points. 
The Sooner lead ballooned to as many as 19 in the opening half, as Woodard connected on a layup with 10:08 before halftime.
K-State was able to cut the deficit to 14 on two occasions, including 33-19 on a 3-pointer by senior Stephen Hurt with 8:02 to play, and 35-21 on a layup by Johnson at 6:20 mark.
Oklahoma responded with a 6-0 spurt to force head coach Bruce Weber to call his third timeout, down 42-21 with 4:39 remaining in the half. 
The message seemed to sink in on the third timeout, as K-State ended the half on a 14-2 run to cut the deficit to 44-35.
Oklahoma connect an opponent-high 55.9 percent (19-of-34), including 62.5 percent (5-of-8) from 3-point range, while K-State shot 40.6 percent (13-of-32), including 41.7 percent (5-of-12) from long range.
Hield and Woodard combined for 27 of the Sooners’ 44 points, as Hield scored 17 points on 7-of-9 field goals, including 2-of-3 from 3-point range.
Hurt led all Wildcat scorers with 9 points on 3-of-5 shooting, including a career-best 3 treys.
Oklahoma had 26 points in the paint and a 17-2 advantage on fast-break points in the first half.

How It Happened | Second Half
Looking to continue the momentum, K-State changed its starting lineup for the first time this season, inserting Brown and Johnson into the lineup.
K-State closed to within 9 points on 2 occasions early in the second half, including 48-39 with 17:12 to play after a dunk by Johnson.
However, Oklahoma was able to respond behind the play of Hield who hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Sooners a 63-45 lead at the 11:56 mark.
The ever-resilient Wildcats continue to fight, closing the game to within 66-55 with 9:56 to play on a layup by Wade, who scored 8 of his 12 points in second half.
A 3-pointer by Brown cut the deficit to 68-60 with 7:47 remaining to cap a 15-5 run.
After Oklahoma pushed the lead to double figures, K-State once again closed to within single digits at 75-66 on a jumper by Kamau Stokes at the 3:25 mark.
A 7-0 run keyed by a Woodard 3 again pushed the Sooner lead back to 16 at 82-66 with 1:19 to play.
The Wildcats wouldn’t go away quietly, ending the contest on a 10-4 spurt for the final 86-76 margin.
Oklahoma connected on 57.1 percent (16-of-28) in the second half, including 54.5 percent (6-of-11) from 3-point range, while K-State shot just 36.6 percent (15-of-41), including 21.4 percent (3-of-14) from long range. The Sooners had 12 assists on their 16 made field goals.
Hield led all second-half scorers with 14, while Brown led the Wildcats with 12.

Beyond the Boxscore

Four of the Wildcats’ five losses this season have come to nationally-ranked teams (No. 9/8 North Carolina, No. 25 Texas A&M, No. 19/17 West Virginia and 2/1 Oklahoma).
K-State dropped to 0-3 in Big 12 play for the first time since losing its first 4 league games in 2008-09.
Today’s game was the first meeting against a No. 1 team in either poll since defeating No. 1/1 Kansas, 84-68, at home on Feb. 14, 2011 at home… This was the first against a non-Kansas No. 1 team since defeating Missouri, 65-58, at home on Feb. 8, 1990… It was the third meeting with a top-ranked Sooner squad (now 0-3) and the first since 1989.
K-State is now 20-69 all-time AP Top 5 opponents, including 5-14 vs. the AP’s No. 2 squad… The Wildcats have now lost 4 in a row to the nation’s No. 2 team with the last win coming vs. Kansas on Jan. 30, 2008.
Today’s game was the third meeting with Oklahoma as a No. 1 team, losing all 3 contests.
Oklahoma now leads the all-time series, 106-96, including 61-27 in Norman.
K-State fell to 7-23 under Bruce Weber when allowing an opponent to score 70 or more points.
K-State fell to 0-4 this season when being out-rebounded, as Oklahoma held a 44-36 edge on the glass.
K-State forced Oklahoma into 20 turnovers, scoring 20 points off those miscues… The Wildcats have totaled 20 or more points off turnovers in 5 games this season.
Led by Brown, K-State’s bench continues to make a surge by tying a season-high with 36 points… The Wildcats have totaled 144 bench points in the last 5 games (28.8 points per game).
K-State posted double-digit steals for 5th time this season with a Big 12-high 11 steals.
Wade has now scored in double figures in 9 games, including twice in Big 12 play.
Hurt has now posted double figures 27 times in his career and 5 times this season.
Johnson recorded double-digits for 5th time in his career, including his second time this season.
Senior Justin Edwards tallied a K-State career-high 5 steals to go with a team-high 4 assists.

“You just can’t spot a team like that like we did,” said head coach Bruce Weber. “I was hoping that we were catching them at a good time. We did last year. Obviously it wasn’t. They came out with a vengeance. I told our guys that they were playing a team that deserved to be either 1A or 1B. Those guys have improved so much. (Jordan) Woodard, Buddy (Hield), (Isaiah) Cousins and even (Ryan) Spangler have improved and worked so hard. They have made a commitment and I hope our guys learn from that. We came out flat-footed and without much energy. Once we got a group in there that wanted to compete we started making some plays and shots and put some pressure on them and we kept hanging in there.” 

Up Next

K-State returns home to Bramlage Coliseum on Tuesday to begin a stretch of back-to-back home games, as the Wildcats host Texas Tech (11-3, 1-2 Big 12) at 7 p.m. CT.  Tickets are priced at $18.75 with the Wildcat4Pack, in which, fans can purchase four general admission seats for just $75. The contest will be televised on FOX Sports Kansas City and K-StateHD.TV, along with ESPN3.