Feb. 22, 2014
Final Stats |
NORMAN, Okla. - Kansas State couldn't overcome a 27-point second-half deficit, as Oklahoma extended the Wildcats' woes on the road with an 86-73 win at the Lloyd Noble Center on Saturday.
The Sooners (20-7, 9-5 Big 12) remained in the hunt for an upper-level finish in the Big 12 standings, while the Wildcats (18-9, 8-6 Big 12), who dropped their sixth in a row on the road, fell into fifth place, a game ahead of sixth-place West Virginia with four games to play in the regular season.
Oklahoma dominated in nearly every category, leading by as many as 27 points in the second half.
Sophomore Buddy Hield paced a balanced attack with a team-high 18 points, while junior Isaiah Cousins added 17 points. Senior Cameron Clark scored 11 and freshman Jordan Woodard added 10 for the Sooners, who have won three of their last four games going into Monday night at Kansas.
The Sooners took their first lead 3 minutes in when Hield drained a 3-pointer following a Kansas State turnover. From there, Oklahoma outscored the Wildcats 34-17 to lead 41-22 at the half.
Marcus Foster led Kansas State with a game-high 21 points on 8-of-15 field goals, including 4-of-7 from 3-point range. Fellow freshman Nigel Johnson scored 11 and junior Thomas Gipson added 10.
The four Wildcat freshmen of Foster, Johnson, Wesley Iwundu (eight) and Jevon Thomas (five) combined for a season-high 43 points..
Kansas State dug a hole early it couldn't climb out of, committing 10 first-half turnovers and shooting 39 percent with no starter scoring more than five points.
Oklahoma turned those turnovers into 17 points and controlled the tempo, outrebounding Kansas State 21-15 in the half and 32-28 for the game.
The Wildcats outscored Oklahoma 51-45 in the second half but it wasn't enough in what has been a difficult season away from home.
The Wildcats have done some of their best work this season at home inside Bramlage Coliseum -- winning their last 14 games, including beating No. 15 Texas and No. 7 Kansas.
Saturday's game was a much different story than when the two teams met in Manhattan, Kan., on Jan. 14. Kansas State led 39-38 after the first half and came from behind in the final 5 minutes to win 72-66 with five different players scoring in double figures.
Saturday, the Wildcats didn't have a player reach double-figure scoring until 7:51 remaining when Foster hit his second 3-pointer of the afternoon.
Both Oklahoma and Kansas State play two of their final three games at home.
The Wildcats continue their road swing on Tuesday with a trip to Lubbock, Texas to face Texas Tech (13-14, 5-9 Big 12) at United Spirit Arena at 6 p.m. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN2.