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Wildcat report Wildcat report: K-State 74, OSU 71

  • Published Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, at 8:35 p.m.

Saturday’s box score


Percentages: FG .404, FT .743. 3-Point Goals: 3-14, .214 (Forte 2-4, Smart 1-6, Brown 0-2, Nash 0-2). Team Rebounds: 1. Blocked Shots: 6 (Murphy 2, Nash, Smart, Brown, Sager). Turnovers: 10 (Nash 3, Brown 2, Smart 2, Soucek, Forte, Williams). Steals: 4 (Williams 2, Murphy, Forte). Technical Fouls: Smart.

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Percentages: FG .367, FT .694. 3-Point Goals: 5-21, .238 (Spradling 2-6, Foster 2-6, Southwell 1-4, N. Johnson 0-1, Lawrence 0-1, Thomas 0-3). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots: 5 (D. Johnson 2, Foster, Southwell, Gipson). Turnovers: 8 (Gipson 2, Thomas 2, Iwundu 2, Foster 2). Steals: 6 (Lawrence 2, Southwell 2, Williams, Gipson). Technical Fouls: None.

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A—12,528. Officials—Mike Stuart, Don Dailey, Terry Davis.

Foul trouble

Much will be made of Oklahoma State starters Le’Bryan Nash and Marcus Smart dealing with foul trouble (they both finished with four fouls), but K-State dealt with the same problem.

Senior guard Shane Southwell picked up two fouls in the first two minutes and spent most of the first half on the bench. Then he committed a foul at the start of the second half and ultimately fouled out.

Weber said it was difficult for K-State to play without one of its senior leaders, but Southwell managed to help in the second half, scoring six important points.

Williams to the rescue

When Southwell went out with two quick fouls, reserve forward Nino Williams replaced him and scored 15 points with three rebounds.

Earlier last week, Weber said Williams was a perfect example of a “team player” who cares more about playing well than playing time. He showed why Saturday, scoring 10 points in the first half and sinking key free throws late.

This isn’t the first time he has played well against Oklahoma State, either. Last year, he helped K-State down the Cowboys in the conference opener with a similar performance.

“I feel like when I get a chance to play, I can prove myself against them,” Williams said. “I think they respect me now, because every time we play them, I play well.”

Worth noting

• K-State students didn’t have much sympathy for Smart when he fell to the ground following a brush with Thomas Gipson in the first half. On the play, Smart was trying to steal the ball from Gipson and exaggerated the contact between them by falling to the ground. Students began chanting “You’re a flopper,” and continued yelling it whenever Smart held the ball.

• Oklahoma State was playing its first game without starting forward Michael Cobbins, who is out for the season with a torn Achilles. Ford said Oklahoma State missed his shot-blocking presence.

• K-State will try to keep its momentum going at TCU on Tuesday. Weber is concerned about that game, because it will be the Wildcats’ first true road test. But he has tried to show extra respect to TCU all week, saying the Horned Frogs are as dangerous as Oklahoma State.

• K-State’s win over Oklahoma State was its 12th over a top-10 opponent at Bramlage Coliseum .… K-State’s nine-game winning streak is its longest since 2010, when it won 10 in a row.

Kellis Robinett

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