Wildcats Come Up Short against Oklahoma 60-63

Rodney McGruder

Jan. 28, 2012

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MANHATTAN, Kan.Rodney McGruder scored 13 of his 19 points in the second half, but Kansas State dropped a close contest to Oklahoma 60-63 as the Wildcats could not overcome the tight deficit over the final five minutes of the game.

The Wildcats (15-5 4-4) and Sooners (13-7 3-5) went toe-to-toe early in the opening period as both teams traded baskets. K-State took its largest lead of the game when it went up 18-12 after a Jamar Samuels jumper, but Oklahoma battled back and took a 25-24 lead. Back-to-back dunks from Cameron Clark extended the Sooners lead to 29-25 and they took a 34-28 advantage into the locker room at halftime.

Four quick points out of the intermission from Oklahoma gave the Sooners its largest the lead at 38-28 forcing K-State to call a timeout. After trading baskets, Jordan Henriquez ignited a 10-0 run to tie the game at 40 points each. The Wildcats finally grabbed its first lead of the second half after Will Spradling made two free throws.

Down 48-47, Oklahoma’s Steven Pledger scored eight straight points including two contested 3-pointers to take a 55-51 lead.  The Sooners were able to hold onto the slim margin to earn the win, and Pledger finished with a game high 30 points – the most allowed by K-State to a single player this season.

Turnovers proved to be the Achilles heel as the Wildcats turned the ball over 20 times and the Sooners were able to capitalize by scoring 22 points off of turnovers, and with the loss K-State sees its three-game winning streak end.

K-State will look to bounce back as the Wildcats travel to Ames, Iowa, to face the Iowa State Cyclones on Tuesday. The game can be seen live on Fox Sports Midwest at 8 p.m.