Saturday’s box score
K-State 73, Oklahoma St. 67
Percentages: FG .408, FT .828. 3-Point Goals: 3-11, .273 (Smart 2-4, Brown 1-3, Nash 0-1, Forte 0-3). Team Rebounds: 2. Blocked Shots: 3 (Jurick, Brown, Cobbins). Turnovers: 12 (Murphy 3, Jurick 3, Nash 2, Smart, Gardner, Forte). Steals: 6 (Smart 3, Forte 3). Technical Fouls: None.
Percentages: FG .450, FT .706. 3-Point Goals: 7-21, .333 (McGruder 5-9, Southwell 1-2, Irving 1-4, Rodriguez 0-3, Spradling 0-3). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots: 4 (Henriquez 2, Gipson, Williams). Turnovers: 12 (Gipson 4, Rodriguez 3, Irving 2, Williams, McGruder, Lawrence). Steals: 5 (McGruder 2, Rodriguez 2, Williams). Technical Fouls: None.
Att.–12,528. Officials–Mark Whitehead, Paul Janssen, Terry Oglesby.
Too much emotion
: K-State coach Bruce Weber was happy to see his team play with emotion and feed off the energy of a vocal crowd on Saturday, but he thought his players took that experience too far at times. After runs in the second half, he often ran onto the court during timeouts and admonished his players for chest-bumping and yelling when the game was still up for grabs.
“We’re chest-bumping and celebrating like we just won the thing,” Weber said. “Then we go out and make a couple bad defensive mistakes. I want to be aggressive and use the emotion of the arena, but you have got to play smarter and make them earn baskets. They are too good. They got too many layups in the first half off transition in the first half off of gambling.”
Two guard return
Angel Rodriguez and Martavious Irving both played against Oklahoma State after missing time with minor injuries. Their presence was noticeable.
Rodriguez dished out eight assists and came up with two steals. Weber was critical of Rodriguez for playing too aggressively. He fouled out with 2:09 remaining for needlessly challenging an inbounds pass.
Irving hit a three-pointer and played quality defense.
“I thought both of them did a pretty good job,” Weber said. “In their cases it is probably good we can take a whole day off, do treatment tomorrow, a couple days of practice, a day off and then get ready for West Virginia.”
K-State’s rotation seems to be taking shape. Nine players saw action Saturday, with eight seeing 14 or more minutesp… Bill Snyder attended the game, and the basketball team noticed. Weber and players both pointed out how nice it was to have the support of the Wildcats’ football coach two days after the season ended.… Two recruits watched the game behind K-State’s bench. They were Neville Flincher, a power forward from Hargrave Military Academy, and Jevon Thomas, a guard who orally committed to the Wildcats recently.
— Kellis Robinett