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Rodney McGruder saves the day for Kansas State in final second after botched Baylor inbound pass

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Kansas State kept pace with Kansas atop the Big 12 Conference thanks to a cold-blooded, game-winning 3-pointer in the final second from Rodney McGruder.

McGruder scored 18 points in the 64-61 win over Baylor but only got the chance to register the final three when the Bears failed to execute a long inbound pass designed to give it a chance at a game-winning shot with 1 second remaining. The Bears threw the ball out of bounds, the first of two key mistakes made in that final second.

The error gave the 13th-ranked Wildcats the opportunity to inbound the ball in their offensive end and then Baylor inexplicably allowed McGruder to break wide open and take the game winner without a hand in his face.

Kansas State and No. 6 Kansas entered their respective games Saturday with 12-3 records in conference play. The Jayhawks beat West Virginia 91-65 and are closing in on their ninth straight regular season conference title. The Jayhawks hold the tiebreaker after sweeping the Wildcats this season.

Kansas State hosts TCU and travels to No. 15 Oklahoma State in the final week of the regular season while Kansas closes with Texas Tech at home and a trip to Baylor.

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