Saturday’s box score
No. 16 K-State 69,
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Percentages: FG .472, FT .467. 3-Point Goals: 3-11, .273 (Pledger 2-4, Hornbeak 1-2, M’Baye 0-1, Cousins 0-1, Hield 0-3). Team Rebounds: 3. Blocked Shots: 2 (M’Baye, Osby). Turnovers: 16 (Osby 5, M’Baye 3, Hield 3, Grooms 2, Pledger 2, Hornbeak). Steals: 1 (Cousins). Technical Fouls: None.
Percentages: FG .440, FT .682. 3-Point Goals: 10-24, .417 (McGruder 4-9, Spradling 3-6, Southwell 2-4, Rodriguez 1-4, Irving 0-1). Team Rebounds: 1. Blocked Shots: 4 (Henriquez 3, Southwell). Turnovers: 8 (Irving 3, Rodriguez, Southwell, Gipson, Henriquez, McGruder). Steals: 7 (Rodriguez 3, Irving, Southwell, Henriquez, McGruder). Technical Fouls: None.
2733–60Kansas St. 35 34 – 69
Att.–12,528. Officials–Gerry Pollard, Randy Heimerman, Brent Meaux.
Hot and rarely cold
Angel Rodriguez did a nice job of avoiding the mistakes and excessive fouls that have held him back lately while maintaining his aggressive approach.
The sophomore point guard had an impressive all-around game: 12 points, nine assists, three steals. He only committed one turnover and two fouls.
Coch Bruce Weber said he gained motivation from playing in front of his mother, who is visiting Manhattan this week. Rodriguez grew up in Puerto Rico, so it is rare that he gets to play in front of family in the Sunflower State.
Oklahoma didn’t enter Saturday’s game with a national ranking, but it was considered a top 25 team by the RPI. Along with victories over Florida and Oklahoma State, the Wildcats have a handful of wins that could help them on Selection Sunday.
“It was a good, hard-fought win in conference play against a very, very good team,” Weber said. “Lon has done a really nice job.”
Will Spradling credited his hot shooting effort to being able to read Oklahoma’s defense. He said he was well prepared, and knew how to get open against the Sooners … Weber is looking forward to facing Kansas for the first time as K-State’s coach. “I have seen some of the clips and the excitement in this place from the game where K-State beat KU for the first time in Bramlage,” he said. “… It is a big game and they are very good.” … Former K-State coach Tex Winter was honored in a pregame ceremony. He was joined on the court by former K-State player Ernie Barrett. Many other former players were in town, and had their names called during halftime.
— Kellis Robinett