Samuels Powers Wildcats to Win Over Cowboys, 77-58

Jamar Samuels

March 3, 2012

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – Jamar Samuels had a memorable senior day, recording his 13th career double-double and leading Kansas State to a 77-58 victory over Oklahoma State. Samuels scored 17 points and brought down 12 rebounds in his final game in Bramlage Coliseum.

The Wildcats (21-9, 10-8) fell behind early after Keiton Page knocked down three consecutive 3-pointers to give the Cowboys (14-17, 7-11) a 15-9 early lead. K-State battled back and was able to tie the game after a 6-0 run finished with a Jordan Henriquez dunk. Both teams would trade baskets with neither team building a lead bigger than seven points before halftime. Free throws from Angel Rodriguez gave the Wildcats the lead for good as K-State went into the halftime leading 40-33.

Page hit another 3-pointer to open the second half to help the Cowboys close the lead to four points, but an 18-4 run capped off by a Rodney McGruder lay-up sealed the victory for the Wildcats. McGruder led all scorers with 24 points while Henriquez added 16 and contributed eight rebounds. Page paced the Cowboys with 22.

Defense set the tone for the Wildcats, as they were able to score 24 points off of 19 forced turnovers. The Wildcats are now 12-1 this season when holding opponents to fewer than 60 points this season.

The Wildcats will have a bye to the quarterfinal round of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship. Their next game will be played on Thursday with the time to be determined. The Wildcats will either be the No. 5 seed and play at 11:30 a.m. or the No. 6 seed and play at 8:30 p.m.