Kansas State 69, Oklahoma 60By The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – Sat, Jan 19, 2013 6:30 PM EST
MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Kansas State had four starters score in double figures as the 16th-ranked Wildcats defeated Oklahoma, 69-60, on Saturday to set up a game against No. 4 Kansas on Tuesday night with the Big 12 Conference lead on the line. Rodney McGruder led the Wildcats (15-2, 4-0 in the Big 12) with 20 points, Will Spradling added 15, while Shane Southwell and Angel Rodriguez each had 12. Romero Osby and Amath M'Baye each scored 12 points for Oklahoma (12-4, 3-1) and Steven Pledger added 10. McGruder came into the game third in the conference in scoring, but no other Wildcat was ranked in the top 20. As has been the case during Kansas State's eight-game winning streak, McGruder had at least one other teammate step up in the scoring column. Kansas State held an eight-point lead at halftime, but Oklahoma outscored the Wildcats, 7-2, to start the half. However, Spradling hit a foul-line jumper and a 3-pointer to start K-State on a 12-3 run that opened up a 51-37 lead. Oklahoma answered with a 9-3 surge to get to within six points, but the Sooners could get no closer. Rodriguez scored seven of K-State's nine points during a key stretch late in the game to help the Wildcats maintain their lead. Oklahoma held a surprising 36-24 advantage on the boards against the Big 12's best rebounding team. Kansas State came into the game with a league-best 8.1 per game rebounding margin, while Oklahoma was eighth at 2.5. The Sooners pounded the boards in the first half, holding a 20-10 edge McGruder exploded late in the first half with three 3-pointers to turn a 23-21 deficit into a 30-25 lead. After scoreless for the first 10 minutes, McGruder hit two free throws before unleashing his long-range jump shot. The largest lead of the half by either team was five, until K-State went on a 14-4 run to close the half. NOTES: It was homecoming for part of the Oklahoma State staff. Head coach Lon Kruger (class of 1975), assistant Steve Henson (class of 1990) and director of basketball operations Mike Shepherd (class of 1992) all graduated from Kansas State. Kruger and Henson rank in the top 18 in career scoring for K-State and both are all the school's All-Century team for the 1900s. ... Kansas State is 4-0 in the Big 12 Conference for only the second time in the 18-year history of the conference. The Wildcats also were 4-0 in 2010. ... The eight-game winning streak is the longest for K-State since the 2002-03 season.
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