K-State Triumphs Over 1/2 Oklahoma, 80-69




19-3 (7-3 Big 12)

14-9 (3-7 Big 12)

B. Hield: 23pts, 4rebs, 2asts
I. Cousins: 16pts, 4rebs, 2asts
R. Spangler: 14pts, 10rebs, 2stls

W. Iwundu: 22pts, 7asts, 3stls
D. Wade: 17pts, 7rebs, 3asts
D. Johnson: 12pts, 8rebs, 1blk

Oklahoma 32 37 69
K-State 38 42 80

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Junior Wesley Iwundu paced four Wildcats in double figures with 22 points, as Kansas State posted its third straight win over a No. 1 team at Bramlage Coliseum with an 80-69 victory over Oklahoma before a sold-out crowd.

The win was K-State’s fifth over a No. 1 opponent in school history, including the fourth overall in Bramlage Coliseum, with the last two coming against Texas, 71-62, on Jan. 18, 2010 and Kansas, 84-68, on Feb. 14, 2011. 

K-State (14-9, 3-7 Big 12) connected on 52.9 percent (27-of-51) of field goals, including 46.2 percent (6-of-13) from 3-point range, and held the lead for the final 14:35 to take down their first ranked opponent of the season.

Iwundu, challenged with the task of containing the Big 12’s leading scorer Buddy Hield, connected on 7-of-11 of his attempts from the floor, and 7-of-8 from the free throw line, en route to a team-high 22 points to go with team-best of 7 assists and 3 steals. He was joined in double figures by freshman Dean Wade, who tied his career-high with 17 points and 7 rebounds in his first game coming off the bench this season. Junior D.J. Johnson added 12 points and 8 boards, with senior Justin Edwards pitching 11 points and 7 rebounds, as well.

Oklahoma (19-3, 7-3 Big 12) starters combined to score 59 of the team’s 69 points on 43.1 percent shooting (25-of-58), including a season-low 25.0 percent (6-of-24) from long range. Hield came up short of his average, but still led all scorers with 23 points on 7-of-16 shooting and 3-of-8 from 3-point range. The Sooners’ second leading scorer, Jordan Woodard, was held scoreless.

After shooting 60.9 percent (14-of-23) in the first half to go into the break up 38-32, K-State was hit by a 13-3 Sooner run to start the second half. The Wildcats immediately responded with a 17-5 run of their own and did not look back. Oklahoma slimmed the margin to five with 1:34 to play, but K-State drilled 7-of-8 free throws down the stretch to put the game away.

The win also marked the Wildcats’ fourth consecutive victory over Oklahoma in Bramlage Coliseum, but the first time (1-3) K-State has ever knocked off a top-ranked Sooner squad. 

The Basics
Final Score: Kansas State 80, 1/2 Oklahoma 69
Records: Kansas State 14-9, 3-7 Big 12 \\ Oklahoma 19-3, 7-3 Big 12
Attendance: 12,528 (sellout)
Next Game: Wednesday, Feb. 10 \\ vs. 15/13 Baylor \\ 7:15 p.m. CT \\ ESPNews

The Short Story
Junior Wesley Iwundu led K-State with team-highs in points (22), assists (7) and steals (3), as the Wildcats triumphed over No. 1/2 Oklahoma, 80-69, on Saturday before a sold-out crowd at Bramlage Coliseum.
The win marked the fifth over the No. 1 team in school history, including the third in a row at home.
Three other Wildcats – freshman Dean Wade (17), junior D.J. Johnson (12) and senior Justin Edwards (11) – scored in double figures as the team is now 9-2 when four or more players score in double digits.
Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield scored a game-high 23 points, but his running mate Jordan Woodard was held scoreless as the Wildcats won their fourth straight over the Sooners in Bramlage Coliseum.
K-State shot 52.9 percent (27-of-51), including 46.2 percent (6-of-13) from 3-point range compared to Oklahoma’s 43.1 percent (25-of-58) and a season-low 25 percent (6-of-24) from long range.
The Wildcats lost their halftime advantage by the first media timeout, but used a 17-5 run midway through the half to regain control.
Oklahoma never came closer than 5 points down the stretch as K-State made 7-of-8 free throws inside the last minute to pull away.
Head coach Bruce Weber shook up the lineup, replacing Edwards and Wade with freshman Barry Brown and Johnson and both players responded by combining for 28 of the team’s 32 bench points.

How It Happened | First Half
The Sooners came out firing, scoring the game’s first 9 points before Brown got the home team on the board at the 16:22 mark. Oklahoma led at the first media timeout 9-2.
K-State responded with an 8-0 run on 3-pointers from Wade and Edwards to pull within one, 14-13, with 12:48 still to play in the first half.
Five quick points from Wade and two Stephen Hurt free throws gave the Wildcats their first lead of the game, 25-24, with 7:45 to go. 
K-State closed the half on an 11-2 run, capped off by an emphatic Iwundu alley-oop slam, to take a 38-32 advantage into the break.
The Wildcats capitalized on 60.9 percent (14-of-23) shooting, including 57.1 percent (4-of-7) from 3-point range, while Oklahoma shot 37.5 percent (12-of-32), including 33.3 percent (5-of-15) from long range.
Wade paced K-State scorers with 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting, including two 3-pointers, to go with 4 rebounds. 
Isaiah Cousins led the Sooners at the break with 10 points on 3-of-5 shooting, with Hield adding 6 points on two 3-pointers.

How It Happened | Second Half
Oklahoma stormed out of the break for a 13-3 run with 10 of those points coming at the rim. The Sooners sat on top, 45-41, at the first media timeout of the second half.
A Wade 3-pointer and Iwundu old-fashioned 3-point play helped K-State respond with a 10-2 run of its own to go up 51-47 with 11:48 to play.
The Wildcats pushed the margin to 58-50, at the 7:42 mark.
A pair of Cousins’ free throws closed it to 5 points, but K-State nudged the lead back to 8 points, 68-60, at the final media break.
The margin would never shrink to less than five with 1:34 remaining, as K-State made 7-of-8 free throws in the last minute to pull away, 80-69.
Oklahoma connected on 50.0 percent (13-of-26) in the second half, but connected on just 11.1 percent (1-of-9) from 3-point range, while K-State shot 46.4 percent (13-of-28) and 63.6 percent (14-of-22) from the stripe. The Wildcats committed just 5 turnovers after the break and assisted on 8-of-13 made field goals.
Hield led all second half scorers with 17 points on 5-of-9 shooting, while Iwundu dropped in 16 of his own for K-State by going 4-of-7 from the field and 7-of-8 from the free throw line.
K-State came out victorious despite losing the points in the paint (38-34), points off turnovers (26-14), and fast break points (15-0). The Wildcats won the bench margin (32-10) and second chance points (12-10).

Beyond the Boxscore

K-State knocked off the nation’s No. 1 team for the first time since defeating Kansas, 84-68, on Feb. 14, 2011… It was the first defeat of a non-Kansas No. 1 team since defeating Texas, 71-62, on Jan. 18, 2010.
K-State has now taken down the last three No. 1 ranked opponents to play in Bramlage Coliseum – the other two being Kansas (2/14/11) and Texas (1/18/10).
The win over No. 1 was the Wildcats’ fifth in program history and the fourth time it has occurred in Bramlage Coliseum… K-State’s all-time record against No. 1 is now 5-13.
K-State has beaten at least one Top 25 ranked opponent in 10 straight seasons dating back to 2006-07.
The win marked the Wildcats fourth consecutive over Oklahoma in Bramlage Coliseum. 
The win marked the fifth time K-State has shot 50 percent or better from the field this season… The Wildcats are 5-0 in those games and 25-5 in the Bruce Weber era.
The Wildcats are now 62-10 when leading at the half under Weber and 29-8 when shooting 40 percent or better from three-point range.
Iwundu posted his 32nd career double figure game with 22 points… He also tied his season-high in assists with 7… It was the 7th time he has led in scoring, 9th time he’s paced the team in assists.
Wade tied his career high with 17 points, the 12th time he has hit double figures this season… He also tied his career high with 3 assists.
Johnson scored 12 points, reaching double figures for the 5th time this season while also securing 8 boards, the 6th time he has led K-State on the glass.
Edwards registered double figures for the 17th time this season with 11 points off the bench.

“He was special,” said head coach Bruce Weber on Iwundu’s performance. “Like I say, you need somebody to step up and be special. He made that three and I thought, man we are in pretty good shape. He made his free throws and limited his turnovers. He played 38 minutes, too. We took him out a couple of minutes in the first half and kept talking about taking him out in the second half. That is one of the reasons I took that timeout. He was big time. You need somebody to be special, but these guys and the whole team did a great job. It was a team win, no doubt, but Wes spearheaded it.”

Up Next
K-State continues its homestand on Wednesday night, as the Wildcats host No. 13/15 Baylor (17-5, 6-3 Big 12) at 7:15 p.m. CT on ESPNews. Tickets are priced at $12.50 with the Wildcat4Pack, in which, fans can purchase four general admission seats for just $75.