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Postgame Thoughts and Player Ratings: Kansas State 72, Oklahoma 66

Three thoughts from Kansas State’s 72-66 victory against Oklahoma on Tuesday at Bramlage Coliseum:

1. Wesley Iwundu is growing up.This was a very important game for Iwundu. K-State’s starting forward hit the “freshman wall” coaches always talk about a few weeks ago. And when he hit it, he hit it hard. Iwundu had been as quiet as a mouse since scoring 13 points and grabbing four rebounds against Gonzaga. In the five games leading up to Tuesday’s win over Oklahoma, he averaged 6.4 points and 2.4 rebounds. He essentially disappeared in games against TCU and Kansas. Those performances were clearly fresh on the minds of K-State fans, who urged him not to attempt an open three in the first half Tuesday. Funny thing is, those same fans cheered when he knocked down a late three-pointer (his third of the game) to spark a 16-4 run that led to K-State’s victory. Iwundu has never been known as a shooter, but he made several key shots in this game. Perhaps more importantly, he grabbed vital rebounds in crunch time. He finished with 11 points and six rebounds for his best game of the season. “I have been absent the past two games,” Iwundu said. “I had a talk with coach and he was just like, calm down and let the game come to me. I wasn’t trying to force anything and just shot the ball with confidence.” (more…)

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