Tuesday’s box score
Kansas St. 72,
No. 25 Oklahoma 66
Percentages: FG .333, FT .714. 3-Point Goals: 7-23, .304 (Booker 3-6, Hield 2-7, Woodard 1-2, Neal 1-2, Clark 0-1, Cousins 0-2, Hornbeak 0-3). Team Rebounds: 0. Blocked Shots: 2 (Bennett, Clark). Turnovers: 9 (Woodard 2, Clark 2, Hield, Bennett, Neal, Spangler). Steals: 5 (Woodard 2, Hornbeak, Clark, Hield). Technical Fouls: None.
Percentages: FG .420, FT .679. 3-Point Goals: 11-21, .524 (Foster 4-8, Iwundu 3-3, Southwell 2-3, Spradling 2-6, Thomas 0-1). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots: 5 (D. Johnson 3, Southwell 2). Turnovers: 13 (Foster 5, Gipson 3, Williams, N. Johnson, Southwell, Lawrence, Spradling). Steals: 5 (Southwell 2, Foster, Thomas, Spradling). Technical Fouls: None.
A—12,250. Officials—Mike Stuart, Gerry Pollard, Kipp Kissinger.
Winning without Gipson
Many of Kansas State’s losses can be linked to the absence of junior forward Thomas Gipson. He watched from the bench while recovering from a concussion when Northern Colorado upset K-State on opening night, and he looked a step slow during losses to Charlotte and Georgetown. But he was the Wildcats’ most consistent player during their 10-game winning streak. On Tuesday, K-State figured out a way to win without him playing at a high level. Gipson was limited to four points and six rebounds in 16 foul-plagued minutes. "We did this without Thomas," Weber said. "Thomas has been our rock-solid guy and he had one of his worst games."
Nino Williams has been known for many things during his K-State career. Now he can add clutch free throws to the list. Williams, a junior forward, went 4 for 4 from the foul line when it mattered most. K-State players showed confidence in him and tried to get him the ball late.
"I’m a confident person," Williams said. "I just feel like at the end of the game it’s like the first five minutes of the game. I just relax, do my routine and shoot my shot."
Foster banged up
Marcus Foster played with bandages on his left ankle and his right index finger on Tuesday. The injuries didn’t appear to affect his shot, as he scored a team-high 18 points, but he struggled holding onto the ball. He lost five turnovers.
"I am in treatment three times a day doing two different things right now, my ankle and my finger," Foster said. "It’s part of basketball. Sometimes you are going to get bumped around and hurt. I am just taking it day by day, trying to get better."