Foster 3-pointer Lifts K-State Past 16/18 Oklahoma in OT

NORMAN, Okla. – Sophomore Marcus Foster hit the game-winning 3-pointer with 4.1 seconds left in overtime to lift Kansas State to a 66-63 win over No. 16/18 Oklahoma on Saturday before 12,426 at the Lloyd Noble Center.

Foster scored the final four points of regulation, including a driving lay-up over the outstretched hands of Oklahoma’s Ryan Spangler with 6 seconds remaining. He then scored five of the Wildcats’ 11 points in overtime, including a lay-up to tie it at 59-all at the 3:06 mark and the game-winning trey. In all, nine of his 14 points came in final 5:35 of the contest after playing just a total of 21 minutes due to foul issues.

Foster was joined in double figures by junior Stephen Hurt, who came off the bench to post season-highs in both points (15) and rebounds (8), and senior Thomas Gipson, who added 10 points.

K-State (9-7, 2-1 Big 12) earned its first win over a ranked team on the road since a 78-68 win over No. 3 Missouri  at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Mo., on Feb. 21, 2012.
 
The Basics
Final Score: Kansas State 66, 16/18 Oklahoma 63 [OT]
Records: Kansas State (9-7, 2-1 Big 12); 16/18 Oklahoma (11-4, 2-1 Big 12)
Attendance: 12,426 (paid)
Next Game: Wednesday, Jan. 14 \\ vs. Texas Tech (10-6, 0-3 Big 12) \\ 7 p.m. CT \\ ESPNews

The Short Story
•    Foster’s heroics at the end of regulation and in overtime gave K-State its first road win of the season and the first against a ranked team on the road under head coach Bruce Weber.
•    Oklahoma, which lost at home for the first time this season, held a 55-51 lead with 49 seconds remaining in regulation before Foster scored the final four points to force overtime.
•    K-State, which had struggled offensively of late, topped the 60-point barrier for the first time in 4 games. The team connected on 45.5 percent (30-of-66) from the field, including 66.7 percent (4-of-6) in overtime.
•    Oklahoma was held to 63 points on 40.4 percent shooting (23-of-57), including 33.3 percent (5-of-15) from 3-point range, and hit on 63.2 percent (12-of-19) from the free throw line.
•    The Wildcats have now held nine consecutive opponents below 65 points, which is the longest such streak in school history since the Wildcats did it in 17 straight games from Nov. 27, 1982 to Jan. 29, 1983.
•    Hurt helped K-State posted a 24-5 edge in bench points with a season-high 15 points on 6-of-10 field goals in a season-tying 23 minutes. He also grabbed a season-best 8 rebounds.
•    Hurt led 3 Wildcats in double figures, joining Foster (14) and Gipson (10).
•    K-State is now 6-1 this season when 3 or more player score in double figures.
•    Junior Buddy Hield led the Sooners with a game-high 31 points, while senior TaShawn Thomas recorded a double-double with 14 points and a game-best 11 rebounds.

How It Happened  |  First Half
•    K-State was the aggressor early, jumping out to an early 5-0 lead and pushed it to 15-10 on a jumper by senior Nino Williams at the 13:38 mark.
•    After Oklahoma tied it at 15-all with 12:42 in the first half, K-State got a tip-in from junior Justin Edwards to take the lead for good at 17-15 with 11:32 before halftime.
•    The Wildcats pushed the lead to 27-21 after a bucket by Williams with 5 to play.
•    The Sooners closed the gap to 2 points on two occasions before a 3-pointer by Hield cut the deficit to 31-30 at the 1:13 mark. Both Thomas and Isaiah Cousins missed jumpers in the final 35 seconds.
•    K-State connected on 53.6 percent (15-of-28) from the field in the first half and had an assist on 12 of its 15 made field goals, while 18 of the team’s 31 points came in the paint.
•    Seven different Wildcats scored in the opening half led by Gipson (6) and Williams (5).

How It Happened  |  Second Half
•    Oklahoma scored the first four points of the second half to take a 34-31 with 18:23 to play.
•    K-State responded with an 11-0 run – capped by an Edwards’ 3-pointer at the 14:04 mark – to take its largest lead at 42-34. Four different Wildcats scored baskets in the run.
•    The Sooners slowly chipped away at the deficit, scoring 10 of the next 11 points, to regain the edge at 46-45 on a dunk by Spangler with 8:17 to play.
•    The Wildcats scored four in a row on jumpers by Gipson and sophomore Jevon Thomas to take a 49-46 lead with 6:26 remaining.
•    Oklahoma would use a 9-2 run to seize the edge at 55-51 with 2:25 to play after Thomas went 1-of-2 from the free throw line.
•    Foster scored the final four points of regulation, both on lay-ups, first with 35 seconds left and the second with just 6 seconds remaining.
•    K-State connected on just 34.4 percent (11-of-32) in the second half with just 3 assists.
•    Hurt led the Wildcats in points (7) and rebounds (5) in the second half.
•    22 of Oklahoma’s 25 second-half points came in the paint.

How It Happened  |  Overtime
•    Hield gave Oklahoma a 58-55 lead with his fifth 3-pointer just 24 seconds into overtime.
•    Gipson answered with a jumper then after Thomas went 1-of-2 from the free throw line, Foster knotted the game at 59-all with a lay-up at the 3:06 mark.
•    Hurt gave K-State the lead back with a jumper with 2:23 to play then extended it to 63-59 with a pair of free throws at the 1:38 mark.
•    Oklahoma tied it at 63-all after a pair of Thomas free throws and a lay-up by Hield with 28 seconds left.
•    K-State was able to take the last shot, as Foster dribbled and connected on the game-winning 3-pointer right in front of the Wildcat bench with 4.1 seconds.
•    Thomas’ 3-pointer missed with 1 second on the clock.

Beyond the Boxscore
•    K-State is now 67-40 all-time in overtime in school history, including 61-32 in single overtimes… It was the first overtime game since a double-overtime loss at Baylor on Feb. 15, 2014… Head coach Bruce Weber is now 15-9 all-time in overtime games, including 2-1 at K-State.
•    K-State and Oklahoma met for the 200th time on Saturday with the Sooners now holding a 105-95 advantage in the all-time series, including 60-27 in games played in Norman… It is the fifth-most played rivalry in school history, following Kansas (279), Missouri (235), Nebraska (219) and Iowa State (218).
•    K-State has now won 4 of its last 6 meetings at the Lloyd Noble Center.
•    It marked the seventh overtime game between the schools and the first since a 91-89 win by Oklahoma at Bramlage Coliseum on Feb. 1, 2003… K-State now leads 4-3 in overtime games… It was the first overtime win by the Wildcats in the series since a 62-61 victory at Bramlage Coliseum on Feb. 3, 1993, snapping a 2-game skid… It was the first overtime win in Norman since a 101-98 victory on March 2, 1991.
•    Hurt became the fifth different leading scorer for the Wildcats this season, as he scored in double figures for second time this season and the first time since the opener vs. Southern Utah (11/14/14).
•    Foster has now scored in double figures in 39 of his 49 career games.
•    Gipson has scored in double figures in 17 of the last 25 games, including 8 this season… He has now scored in double figures 53 times in his career.
•    Edwards led the team in rebounding for third time with 9 boards, while adding 9 points.
•    K-State used its seventh different starting lineup in 16 games on Saturday, including its fifth different lineup in 5 games, with sophomore Jevon Thomas, sophomore Marcus Foster, sophomore Wesley Iwundu, senior Nino Williams and senior Thomas Gipson.

Quotable
•    “Honestly, it was a great win and I’m just excited for them. Today, we just kept hanging in there, battling. We told them we were coming here to win. And I told them we are going to make SportsCenter tonight for a good reason. Two weeks ago, we made it for a bad reason. So, we had a lot of guys step up. I thought toughness was going to be really big and they out-toughed us a little bit to hang in there the first half. But we made some tough plays. We had a lot of guys play well and then the last thing I put on the board – ‘Somebody be special.’ – obviously Marcus (Foster) was really special early. He struggled in the middle with foul trouble; got tired, and then he made some huge plays at the end. And Stephen (Hurt) was big-time.” said head coach Bruce Weber.  

Up Next
•    K-State returns to Bramlage Coliseum on Wednesday, Jan. 14, as the Wildcats play host to Texas Tech (10-6, 0-3 Big 12) at 7 p.m. on ESPNews. Tickets are available by calling the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 221-CATS or online at www.kstatesports.com/tickets.