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Wildcat report (March 9)

Oklahoma State guard Tyree Griffin (2) tries to block a shot by K-State forward D.J. Johnson (4) in first half action Wednesday night during the first round of the Big 12 Men's Basketball Championship in the Sprint Center- Kansas City, Mo(March 9, 2016)
Oklahoma State guard Tyree Griffin (2) tries to block a shot by K-State forward D.J. Johnson (4) in first half action Wednesday night during the first round of the Big 12 Men's Basketball Championship in the Sprint Center- Kansas City, Mo(March 9, 2016) The Wichita Eagle

Wednesday’s box score

KANSAS ST. 75,

OKLAHOMA ST. 71

OKLA ST.

Min

FG-A

FT-A

Reb

A

PF

PT

Hammonds

26

4-8

0-1

2-7

1

2

10

Solomon

5

1-1

0-0

1-2

0

2

2

Griffin

39

4-7

3-4

2-3

10

4

11

Shine

22

2-5

0-0

1-2

0

5

5

Newberry

21

3-9

0-0

1-4

1

4

6

Burton

32

4-10

2-5

0-4

0

0

13

Carroll

24

3-6

6-8

0-1

1

5

13

Olivier

11

0-1

2-2

0-0

1

2

2

Allen Jr

20

2-3

5-7

1-4

0

4

9

Totals

200

23-50

18-27

8-28

14

28

71

Percentages: FG .460, FT .667. 3-Point Goals: 7-20, .350 (Burton 3-8, Hammonds 2-2, Shine 1-2, Carroll 1-3, Griffin 0-1, Newberry 0-4). Team Rebounds: 1. Blocked Shots: 6 (Olivier 2, Solomon, Griffin, Hammonds, Allen Jr.). Turnovers: 14 (Griffin 6, Hammonds 2, Burton, Solomon, Newberry, Shine, Olivier). Steals: 5 (Griffin 2, Newberry, Carroll, Burton). Technical Fouls: None.

K-STATE

Min

FG-A

FT-A

Reb

A

PF

PT

Johnson

15

3-6

3-5

3-4

0

5

9

Wade

35

6-9

5-6

4-6

1

1

20

Brown

38

1-6

2-5

2-6

2

0

4

Edwards

36

6-11

4-4

1-9

4

2

17

Iwundu

35

4-9

6-11

1-6

4

3

14

Ervin II

12

1-1

0-0

0-1

0

1

2

Rohleder

3

0-0

0-2

0-0

0

2

0

Budke

9

0-1

1-2

1-1

0

4

1

Hurt

17

3-5

0-0

0-2

0

4

8

Totals

200

24-48

21-35

13-36

11

22

75

Percentages: FG .500, FT .600. 3-Point Goals: 6-13, .462 (Wade 3-3, Hurt 2-2, Edwards 1-6, Brown 0-2). Team Rebounds: 1. Blocked Shots: 1 (Johnson). Turnovers: 13 (Edwards 3, Iwundu 2, Budke 2, Wade 2, Brown 2, Johnson, Hurt). Steals: 6 (Iwundu 3, Brown, Hurt, Edwards). Technical Fouls: None.

Oklahoma St.

23

48

71

Kansas St.

40

35

75

A—NA. Officials—John Higgins, Don Daily, Keith Kimble.

Past frustration

Kansas State’s 75-71 victory over Oklahoma State ended a losing streak in the Big 12 Tournament that stretched back to 2013.

The Wildcats used their past losses as motivation.

K-State head coach Bruce Weber reflects on the Wildcats win over Oklahoma State Wednesday night in the first round of the 2016 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Championship. K-State came out on top 75-71 and will face #1 ranked Kansas on Thursd

“The last two years, we haven’t won,” K-State coach Bruce Weber said. “We haven’t had the winning locker room, and now we have the winning locker room. Now you just go.”

Senior guard Justin Edwards enjoyed the celebration more than anyone. The former Maine transfer was 0-3 in conference tournament games.

“Getting this win is something exciting for me,” Edwards said. “I have gone out in the first round every year. This is something new. It could have been my last college game. It gave me motivation.”

Thinking big

K-State players stayed away from the trash talk that preceded its last meeting with Kansas, but that didn’t stop them from thinking about what positives might come from a win over the Jayhawks.

A victory would all but lock up an NIT bid for them, and move them within two victories of an improbable shot at a Big 12 Tournament title.

“You want to win and see if you can get a NCAA bid,” Weber said.

Added junior guard Wesley Iwundu: “We get another chance at making the NCAA Tournament. It will be a big game to keep our postseason hopes alive.”

Close win

K-State wasn’t happy about letting Oklahoma State pull within four points after leading 40-23 at halftime, but there was a bright side to Oklahoma State’s comeback. It allowed K-State win its first Big 12 game of the season decided by 10 or fewer points. It was previously 0-9 in that situation.

Kellis Robinett

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