Wildcats Turn Cold in Stillwater

Jan. 8, 2011

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STILLWATER, Okla. – The Kansas State Wildcats fell down the stretch to lose their Big 12 Conference opener at Oklahoma State on Saturday losing to the Cowboys 76-62. The Wildcats hit a cold streak in the second half that proved to be costly as OSU came from behind and eventually built a double-digit lead in the final 10 minutes.

Senior guard Jacob Pullen and sophomore guard Rodney McGruder each scored 19 points for the Wildcats, but it was not enough as the bench failed to contribute its usual scoring presence. The Wildcats scored just six points off the bench in the loss.

Oklahoma State (13-2, 1-0) took advantage of K-State’s (12-4, 0-1) shooting drought in the second half when the Wildcats went 7:58 without making a field goal. During that stretch, K-State made 11 free throws, but OSU rallied with 29 points to take a 68-58 lead when McGruder made a basket with 2:14 remaining in the contest. The Wildcats did post a season-high free-throw percentage hitting 24-of-31 attempts for 77.4 percent.

K-State returns to action Wednesday when the Wildcats take on the Colorado Buffaloes in Bramlage Coliseum at 8 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPNU.