Foster 3 Sends K-State Past 17/17 Oklahoma, 59-56

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MANHATTAN, Kan. - Sophomore Marcus Foster's 3-pointer with 4.3 seconds helped Kansas State end a 5-game losing streak with a 59-56 win over No. 17/17 Oklahoma on Saturday before a sold-out crowd of 12,528 at Bramlage Coliseum.

The 3-pointer, Foster’s second game-winner against the Sooners this season, helped K-State (13-13, 6-7 Big 12) snap a 5-game losing streak and, in the process, earn a season sweep of Oklahoma (17-8, 8-5 Big 12) for the second time in the last three seasons and the first time since 2013. It was the school’s longest skid in a decade.

Leading 56-49 with 3:51 to go in the contest after a Foster lay-up, the Sooners used a furious 7-0 run to tie the contest at 56-all on a pair of free throws by Jordan Woodard. With neither team able to capitalize on a possession, it was a pair of rebounds by sophomore Wesley Iwundu, the first on a Woodard miss with minute to play and the second on a miss by Jevon Thomas with 22 seconds that enabled the Wildcats to set up the game-winning shot.

K-State was able to pull off its third Top 25 victory of the season despite posting the 10th-lowest field goal percentage (26.5 percent/13-of-49) in school history with the fifth-fewest made field goals (13). It was the lowest field goal percentage in a victory in school history and the lowest in any game since connecting on 23.4 percent (11-of-47) in a home game against Nebraska on Jan. 11, 2006.

Despite the offensive woes, K-State was able to contain Oklahoma’s high-powered offense, holding the Sooners to a season-tying 56 points on 37.7 percent shooting (20-of-53), including 17.6 percent (3-of-17) from 3-point range. It marked the 39th time under head coach Bruce Weber that an opponent has been held to 60 points or less, including 19th time by a Big 12 opponent.

Individually, Foster led the Wildcats in scoring with a game-tying 14 points on 3-of-9 field goals, including 2-of-6 from 3-point range, while senior Nino Williams added 13 points and game-high 8 rebounds.

The Big 12’s leading scorer Buddy Hield led the Sooners with 14 points on 5-of-12 field goals, while Woodard and TaShawn Thomas added 13 and 10 points, respectively.

The Basics
Final Score: Kansas State 59, 17/17 Oklahoma 56
Records: Kansas State (13-13, 6-7 Big 12); 17/17 Oklahoma (17-8, 8-5 Big 12)
Attendance: 12,528 (paid)
Next Game: Wednesday, Feb. 18 \\ at TCU (14-10, 1-10 Big 12) \\ 7 p.m. CT \\ FOX Sports Southwest

The Short Story
•    Despite posting one of the lowest field goal percentages in school history, Kansas State was able to snap a 5-game losing streak and earn a season sweep of Oklahoma for the first time since 2013.
•    K-State connected on just 26.5 percent (13-of-49) from the field, which ranks as the 10th-lowest field goal percentage in school history and the lowest-ever in a victory.
•    The Wildcats were able to stay in the contest with their strong defensive play, holding the Sooners to a season-tying 56 points on 37.7 percent shooting, including 17.6 percent from 3-point range.
•    K-State was also able to take advantage of its opportunities at the free throw line, knocking down 77.8 percent (28-of-36), including 86.7 percent (13-of-15) in the first half.
•    Rebounding also played a major role in the win, as K-State held a 36-27 edge on the glass, including 14 offensive rebounds, which resulted in a 15-7 advantage in second-chance points. Oklahoma, which saw leading rebounder Ryan Spangler foul out with 13:23 left in the contest, were out-rebounded, 16-9, in the final 10 minutes.

How It Happened | First Half
•    The two teams traded the lead in the early moments of the first half before Oklahoma used an 8-2 run to take an 11-6 lead at the 14:29 mark.
•    K-State tied the game at 13-all at the 12:59 mark on a Foster 3-pointer to a cap a 7-2 spurt.
•    Frank Booker gave the Sooners the lead back just 24 seconds later with his own 3-pointer, which helped ignite a 9-4 run for a 22-17 advantage with 9:03 before halftime.
•    K-State slowly started to chip away, tying the game at 24-all on a 3-pointer by Iwundu at the 4:03 mark.
•    Booker again gave the Sooners the lead, 26-24, with a jumper at the 3:14 mark, which they were able to hold into halftime, 28-27.
•    Oklahoma connected on 44.8 percent (13-of-29) in the first half compared to K-State’s 23.1 percent (6-of-26), but the Wildcats went 13-of-15 from the free throw line compared to the Sooners’ 1-of-2.
•    Williams led all scorers with 10 first-half points, including a 6-of-7 effort from the free throw line, while Spangler and Thomas had 6 points each for Oklahoma.

How It Happened | Second Half
•    Oklahoma maintained the lead early in the second half, pushing it to 35-29 on a 3-point play by Thomas with 17:59 to play.
•    K-State used a 13-2 run to first tie it at 37-all on a free throw by Foster at the 13:43 mark then take the lead on a pair of free throws by Iwundu at the 12:33 mark.
•    A 3-pointer by Justin Edwards extended it to 42-37 with 12:03 to play.
•    The Wildcats pushed their advantage to 50-43 on a pair of free throws by Thomas Gipson with 8:15 to play. During this stretch, Edwards hit another 3-pointer and Gipson had four straight free throws.
•    Twice K-State had a 7-point lead down the stretch, including 53-46 at the 6:34 mark and 56-49 with 3:51 to play.
•    The ever-resilient Sooners scored seven straight points to tie the game at 56-all on a pair of free throws by Woodard at the 1:29 mark.
•    Both teams had an opportunity to grab lead late with Foster missing a 3-pointer with 1:14 to play and Woodard missing a jumper with a minute remaining.
•    However, it wasn’t until a miss by Jevon Thomas with 22 seconds and subsequent rebound by Iwundu, which set up the game-winning 3-pointer from Foster.

Beyond the Boxscore
•    With the win, K-State breaks its 5-game losing streak… It was the longest skid under head coach Bruce Weber and the longest since dropping 5 in a row from Feb. 5-19, 2005.
•    K-State is 3-6 vs. Top 25 teams this season and 27-46 overall against Top 25 Big 12 opponents… It marks the 7th straight season that the Wildcats have won at least 3 games against Top 25 foes.
•    K-State improved to 4-2, including 3-0 in Big 12, when neither team reaches 60-point plateau.
•    19 of K-State’s 26 games have been decided by 10 points or less, including 11 by 5 points or less.
•    K-State shot 77.8 percent (28-of-36) from the free throw line… It marked the 7th time this season that the Wildcats have shot 75 percent or above from the charity stripe… They are now 4-4 in those contests.
•    39 opponents have now been held to 60 points or less in Bruce Weber’s 3 seasons as head coach, including 19 Big 12 opponents… The Wildcats are now 34-5 overall when holding their opponents to 60 points or less, including 18-1 in Big 12 contests.
•    K-State out-rebounded Oklahoma 36-27, including 14 offensive rebounds… The Wildcats are now 8-4 this season they out-rebound their opponent and 41-11 in the Bruce Weber era.
•    K-State won both second-chance points (15-7) and bench points (18-9).
•    Oklahoma still leads the series against K-State, 105-96, but the Wildcats own a 58-36 in games played at home… K-State has now won 9 of the last 13 meetings, including 4 of 5 in Bramlage Coliseum… The Wildcats swept the season series for the second time in 3 seasons and for the first time since 2013.
•    Today’s announced crowd was a sellout of 12,528… It marked the 7th sellout of the season… The Wildcats have drawn more than 12,000 for all 15 home games… K-State has ranked among the Top 35 in home attendance 7 times in the last 8 seasons, including 29th in 2013-14.
   
Quotable
•    “The biggest thing was to play hard and to defend. Those were the two things that got us over the hump and gave us a chance. Obviously, we gave up a little bit of a lead down. We got a little casual and not very smart down the stretch, but they played their butts off. We won the play hard chart, 60-59. That is the second time this year we have been in the 60s, and then we defended one of the best offensive teams in the country. I think Nino (Williams) had 13 on the play hard. I challenged Wes (Iwundu) before the game. He was very, very active. Those guys kind of set the tone. I think they got us in transition early, and we settled down and started doing a better job. When we limited them in half court, I thought our guys really made the next play on the defensive end. Defending them, holding them to 37 percent shooting and 56 points. That gave us a chance to win the game with only shooting 26 percent and only having 13 field goals. That is not going to happen every day of the week. We got to the free throw line, we attacked, and we made them accountable on defense.” said head coach Bruce Weber.

Up Next
•    K-State returns to action on Wednesday, as the Wildcats travel to Fort Worth, Texas, to face TCU (15-10, 2-10 Big 12) at 7 p.m. CT on FOX Sports Southwest and FOX Sports Midwest Plus. The Wildcats won the first meeting, 58-53, in Manhattan on Jan. 7 and will attempt to sweep the season series for the third consecutive season.