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K-State Falls At Oklahoma State, 77-61


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March 3, 2014

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STILLWATER, Okla. -- Junior Thomas Gipson and freshman Wesley Iwundu each posted double-doubles, as Kansas State dropped a 77-61 decision to Oklahoma State on Monday night at before 10,969 at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

Sophomore Phil Forte led four Cowboys in double figures with a season-tying 23 points, as Oklahoma State (20-10, 8-9 Big 12) won its fourth in a row.

Fellow sophomore Marcus Smart, playing in his final home game after declaring early for the NBA Draft, scored 18 points and posted team-highs in rebounds (six), assists (five) and steals (three). Senior Markel Brown and junior Le'Bryan Nash added 15 and 13 points, respectively.

Oklahoma State is unbeaten since Smart returned from a three-game suspension for shoving a Texas Tech fan. Smart was strong in the second half for the third straight game, scoring 16 points after halftime before checking out with 1:32 remaining.

Gipson scored a team-tying 10 points and corralled a career-tying 13 rebounds in the loss for Kansas State (20-10, 10-7 Big 12), as he collected a double-double for the eighth time in his career and second time against the Cowboys after a 10-point, 11-rebound effort in the win on Jan. 4. He has a team-high four double-doubles this season.

Iwundu also posted a team-tying 10 points to go with season-tying 10 rebounds, as he collected his third double-double, including his first in Big 12 play.

Again, Smart got off to a slow start. His first basket came with just under eight minutes left in the first half. Down 22-15 at the 9:38 mark of the first half, Forte capped an 8-0 run with a pair of free throws to give Oklahoma State the lead at 23-22 with 6:55 remaining.

K-State closed to within 29-27 with 4:10 before halftime, but OSU closed out the half with six straight points to take a 35-27 lead into the locker room.  The Wildcats were held to just two field goals in the final 10 minutes of the half and were outscored 15-3 from the free throw line.

Kansas State opened the second half on a 5-0 run to cut the Cowboys' lead to 35-32, but back-to-back steals and layups by Smart and Forte pushed Oklahoma State's lead to eight.

Smart found Brian Williams for a dunk, then Forte for a 3-pointer to increase the Cowboys' advantage to 50-39 with just under 12 minutes remaining. Smart's 3-pointer with about eight minutes remaining gave Oklahoma State a 57-46 edge.

Smart committed his fourth foul with 5:38 remaining, but the Cowboys went on a 7-1 run after he went to the bench to put the game out of reach.

The Wildcats connected on just 34.5 percent (20-of-58) from the field, including just 20 percent (3-of-15) from 3-point range. The squad, which lost for the fifth time despite a rebounding advantage, collected 21 offensive rebounds and scored a season-high 25 second-chance points.

The Cowboys connected on 47.7 percent (21-of-44) from the field, including 54.5 percent (12-of-22) in the second half, and scored 23 points off of turnovers.

K-State will wrap up the regular season on Saturday when they play host to Baylor (19-10, 7-9 Big 12) on Senior Day on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. CT on the Big 12 Network. The Wildcats have already clinched a bye to the quarterfinals of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship on Thursday, March 13.

Fans are encouraged to arrive early to celebrate the accomplishments of seniors Omari Lawrence, Ryan Schultz, Shane Southwell and Will Spradling, who will be recognized in a pre-game ceremony.

Tickets for the home finale on March 8 can be purchased through the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 221.CATS or online at www.kstatesports.com/tickets.

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