Wade's Career Night Carries K-State Past OSU, 75-71




12-20 (3-15 Big 12)

17-15 (5-13 Big 12)

J. Burton: 13pts, 4rebs, 1stl
J. Carroll: 13pts, 1reb, 1ast
T. Griffin: 11pts, 10rebs, 2stl

D. Wade: 20pts, 6rebs, 1asts
J. Edwards: 17pts, 9rebs, 4asts
W. Iwundu: 14pts, 6rebs, 4asts

Oklahoma State 23 48 71
K-State 40 35 75

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Freshman Dean Wade scored a career-high 20 points, including a pair of critical free throws with 5 seconds left, as Kansas State earned a trip to the quarterfinals of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship with a 75-71 win over Oklahoma State on Wednesday night at the Sprint Center.

The victory for the Wildcats (17-15) was the first since 2013, snapping a 3-game losing streak.

Leading by as many as 17 points in the second half, K-State saw OSU (12-20) make a furious rally to close the double-digit lead to within striking distance at 70-64 on a 3-pointer by junior Leyton Hammonds with 1:25 to play. The Wildcats had a number of opportunities to finish the game off at the free throw line, going just 11-of-24 (45.8 percent) from the charity stripe in the second half after hitting 10-of-11 in the opening half.

After sophomore Tyree Griffin got the Cowboys to within 73-69 with 5 seconds remaining on free throw, Wade was able to finish off his impressive night with two free throws to wrap up the Wildcats’ victory.

Wade led all scorers with his first career 20-point outing, which came on 6-of-9 field goals, including 3-of-3 from beyond the arc, to go with a 5-of-6 effort from the free throw line. It marked his 16 double-digit scoring game this season, as the Wildcats moved to 13-3 when the freshman registered double figures.

Senior Justin Edwards continued his solid play of late with his ninth double-figure scoring game in his last 10 outings with 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting, which came with a game-high 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Junior Wesley Iwundu also put together an impressive all-around game with 14 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. 

The Oklahoma State bench scored 37 of the team’s 71 points led by 13-point efforts from junior Joe Burton and sophomore Jeffrey Carroll, while Griffin had a double-double with 11 points and a game-high 10 assists.

K-State now advances to the quarterfinals to take on top-ranked Kansas (27-4) on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. CT. The Wildcats are 7-14 all-time against the Jayhawks at the Big Eight/12 Championship, but have lost 11 straight at the championship with the last win coming in the second round of the 1993 Big Eight Tournament.

The Basics
Final Score: Kansas State 75, Oklahoma State 71
Records: Kansas State 17-15, 5-13 Big 12 \\ Oklahoma State 12-20, 3-15 Big 12
Attendance: 18,972
Next Game: Thursday, March 10 \\ vs. 1/1 Kansas \\ 1:30 p.m. CT \\ ESPN2

The Short Story
Freshman Dean Wade put the finishing touches on a career night with a pair of free throws with 5 seconds remaining to help No. 8 seed Kansas State to a 75-71 win over No. 9 seed Oklahoma State in the first round of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship on Tuesday before 18,972 fans at the Sprint Center.
The win snapped a 3-game losing streak at the Championship, earning the Wildcats their first since 2013.
Wade collected his first career 20-point game with a game-high 20 points to lead three Wildcats in double figures, joining senior Justin Edwards (17) and junior Wesley Iwundu (14).
K-State connected on 50 percent of its field goals (24-of-48), including 52.4 percent (11-of-21) in the second half, and moved to 7-0 this season when shooting 50 percent or better from the field.
Oklahoma State, which trailed by as many as 17 points in the second half, closed the gap to 73-69 on a free throw from Tyree Griffin with 5 seconds left before Wade’s two free throws finished it off.
OSU was led by reserves Joe Burton and Jeffrey Carroll, who had 13 points each.

How It Happened | First Half

Oklahoma State scored 4 of the first game’s first 6 points before K-State used a 10-0 run to take a 12-4 lead after a 3-pointer by Stephen Hurt at the 13:11 mark of the opening half.
The Cowboys went 5:14 without a score until a free throw by Jeffrey Carroll at 12:42 mark.
K-State extended its lead to 21-8 with 9:24 before halftime on the strength of a 9-0 run that was capped by a lay-up from Barry Brown to force OSU to use its second timeout.
The lead grew to 16 points for the first of three times in half at 28-12 after a second 3-pointer from Wade at the 6:22 mark.
A pair of a free throw by Iwundu extended the lead to 18 points at 34-16 with 3:44 to play.
The lead dipped below 13 just once down the stretch, as K-State entered halftime with a 40-23 lead.
The Wildcats connected on 48.1 percent (13-of-27) from the field, including 44.4 percent (4-of-9) from 3-point range, and went 10-of-11 (90.0 percent) from the free throw line.
The Cowboys shot just 33.3 percent (7-of-21), including 12.5 percent (1-of-8) from beyond the arc.
Wade led a pair of Wildcats in double figures with 12 points in the first half on 4-of-6 field goals, including 2-of-2 from 3-point range, while Iwundu added 10 points. It marked the 9th time this season, including the fourth time in the first half, that Wade has registered double figures.
Edwards had a solid all-around first half of play with 7 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and a steal.
K-State scored 13 points off of 11 OSU turnovers and had an 18-12 edge in points in the paint.

How It Happened | Second Half
Oklahoma State started with some energy, opening the second half with a 3-pointer from Tavarius Shine.
The Cowboys started to slowly chip away at the deficit, closing to 51-41 on an Anthony Allen layup at the 14:03 mark. During the stretch, OSU outscored K-State, 18-11.
However, the Wildcats responded with 5 quick points, including a 3-pointer from Hurt with 11:56 to to push the lead back out to 56-41.
OSU wouldn’t go away, closing the lead to single digits at 56-47, with back-to-back 3-pointers from Carroll and Hammonds with 11:00 to play.
The lead stayed around double figures until a free throw by Burton started a fierce OSU rally that cut the deficit to 67-59 with 2:34 remaining. 
The Cowboys got to within 72-68 on a jumper by Griffin with 22 seconds left then again at 73-69 with 5 seconds left on a Griffin free throw.
Wade was able to close the game out with a pair of free throws with 5 seconds left.
K-State connected on 52.4 percent (11-of-21) of its field goals in the second half, including 50 percent (2-of-4) from long range, but was just 45.8 percent (11-of-24) from the free throw line.
OSU shot 55.2 percent (16-of-29), including 50 percent (6-of-12) from 3-point range.
Edwards scored 10 of his 17 points in the second half to lead all Wildcats.

Beyond the Boxscore
K-State earned its first win at the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship, snapping a 3-game losing skid.
K-State is now 32-37 all-time at Big Eight/12 Championship dating back to 1977, including an 12-19 mark in the 19-year history of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship… The team is now 31-32 when the championship is held in Kansas City, including 5-7 in the Sprint Center.
K-State moved to 16-3 against unranked opponents this season.
K-State now leads the all-time series with Oklahoma State, 78-52, which includes a 4-4 mark in the Big Eight/12 Championship… The Wildcats have won the last 4 such meetings.
K-State is now 10-2 this season when scoring 75 or more points… The team is now 7-0 when shooting 50 percent or better from the field.
Wade led the Wildcats in scoring for the fourth time this season, while he registered double figures for the 16th time… The team is 13-3 when he scored in double figures.
Edwards posted double figures for the team-leading 25th time this season, including the 81st time his college career… He also led the team in rebounding for the team-leading 10th time, while he also led with the way in assists for the 12th time this season.
Iwundu tallied double figures for the 38th time in his career, including 24th time this year.

“Just excited to get a win for our guys,” said head coach Bruce Weber. “They battled all year. You know, through injuries, through close losses and they keep coming back. And I think the big thing was who wants to keep playing, who has that passion, and we came out with great passion in the first half. We did a good job of moving the basketball, which we didn't do at their place. Got it to open men and made shots. Our older guys really came through for us.”

Up Next

K-State advances to the quarterfinals of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship on Thursday and will take on No. 1/1 Kansas (27-4, 15-3 Big 12) at 1:30 p.m. CT on ESPN2. The Jayhawks swept the regular season series, winning 77-59 at home on Feb. 3 and 72-63 in Manhattan on Feb. 20.