Saturday’s box score
No. 18 Kansas St. 52
Percentages: FG .375, FT .714. 3-Point Goals: 5-16, .313 (Irving 2-3, Spradling 2-4, McGruder 1-2, Rodriguez 0-3, Southwell 0-4). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots: 2 (Johnson, Henriquez). Turnovers: 10 (Irving 3, McGruder 2, Rodriguez 2, Southwell, Gipson, Henriquez). Steals: 10 (Southwell 3, McGruder, Johnson, Spradling, Gipson, Rodriguez, Henriquez, Williams). Technical Fouls: Irving.
Percentages: FG .388, FT .643. 3-Point Goals: 3-14, .214 (Cousins 2-3, Grooms 1-2, Hornbeak 0-1, M’Baye 0-2, Hield 0-3, Pledger 0-3). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots: 1 (M’Baye). Turnovers: 14 (M’Baye 3, Hornbeak 3, Grooms 2, Hield 2, Cousins 2, Pledger, Clark). Steals: 4 (Pledger, Hield, Cousins, Clark). Technical Fouls: Hornbeak.
Att.–11,882. Officials–John Higgins, Rick Randall, Keith Kimble.
How upset were K-State basketball players after losing both of their games against Oklahoma last year? Perhaps coach Bruce Weber can explain it best.
“Since I got here they talked about how Oklahoma got them twice last year,” Weber said. “They were able to get them back.”
The Wildcats finished off a season-sweep of the Sooners on Saturday. They won 69-60 at Bramlage Coliseum last month.
“It’s big, especially after what they did to us last year, losing two games to them when we really shouldn’t have,” Will Spradling said. “We came in and beat a better team today.”
Weber is 3-0 against Lon Kruger, with one of those victories coming when he was at Illinois and Kruger was with UNLV.
For the second straight game, K-State needed big production from its bench because of foul trouble. Both Rodney McGruder and Will Spradling, who lead the Wildcats in minutes played, picked up early fouls and spent the majority of the first half on the bench.
That meant Martavious Irving, Omari Lawrence and Thomas Gipson had to contribute when they came in. They all responded, with Irving scoring 10 points, Gipson scoring six and Lawrence two. McGruder finished with seven points and nine rebounds. Spradling had a nice second half and scored 12 points.
Jordan Henriquez was once again in the starting lineup. He scored eight points and grabbed three rebounds in 13 minutes. He scored K-State’s first six points, and was involved throughout. But Weber thought he was a bad matchup for Oklahoma’s small front-court and limited his minutes.… The last time K-State scored 52 points, it defeated UMKC 52-44 in December. Angel Rodriguez and Irving were both injured.… Weber was critical of McGruder’s decision to risk a lob-pass to Spradling late. Oklahoma was pressing in an attempt to get back in the game, and had both players well defended. McGruder floated up a pass that got stolen. K-State had a timeout available. In hindsight, Weber would have preferred McGruder to use it.
— Kellis Robinett