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Kansas State 74, Oklahoma State 71

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MANHATTAN, Kan. -- The Kansas State Wildcats used an 8-0 run late in the second half to pass the No. 6 Oklahoma State Cowboys and then hung on for a 74-71 victory Saturday at Bramlage Coliseum.

The Wildcats (11-3, 1-0) outscored the Cowboys 17-11 in the final 4:50. The Cowboys (12-2, 0-1) could not overcome foul trouble by key players.

Kansas State was led by freshman guard Marcus Foster with 17 points. Forward Nino Williams added 15 and forward Thomas Gipson had 10 points.

OSU's leading scorer, guard Marcus Smart, picked up his third foul early in the second half, and then his fourth when he was called for a technical for hanging on the rim with 13:07 remaining. He returned to the game when forward Le'Bryan Nash picked up his fourth foul with 4:50 left.

Nash led Oklahoma State with 20 points. Forward Markel Brown had 16 and Smart had 15, but none after his fourth foul.

Kansas State had its biggest lead of the game at 65-60 before Oklahoma State scored the next four points. But freshman guard Jevon Thomas moved the lead back to three points with a drive to the bucket. After Nash cut it to one point, forward Thomas Gipson muscled one in from the low post.

Kansas State had a chance to ice the game inside the 1:00 mark, but guard Shane Southwell's 3-point shot missed. He was called for his fifth foul with 35.2 seconds left. Nash hit both free throws. K-State played keep-away until Gipson was fouled with 24.4 left. He hit both free throws to make the score 71-68.

Nash missed a three-point shot with 15 seconds left and Williams was fouled on the rebound with 13.5 left. He hit 1-of-2 to stretch the lead to four points. Guard Phil Forte hit a three-pointer with 6.4 left, but Williams sank two free throws with 5.7 left.

The first half was a back-and-forth affair, with Oklahoma State grabbing the largest lead at five points on several occasions. The Wildcats' biggest lead was just two points at 34-32 when Foster hit a 3-point basket following a missed free throw by Thomas.

Oklahoma State held a slight 20-19 rebounding advantage, while both teams took good care of the ball, each accumulating only four turnovers.

OSU was led by Smart, who tallied 12 points, and Nash, who had nine points. Kansas State was led by Foster with 10 points.

NOTES: Oklahoma State opened Big 12 play in Manhattan for the second straight year. Last season, No. 25 Kansas State defeated the 22nd ranked Cowboys 73-67. ... Oklahoma State led the Big 12 and was ranked second nationally in scoring margin coming in at 23.2 points per game. ... Kansas State came into Saturday's action 50-50 all-time in conference openers. ... During its eight-game winning streak heading into Saturday's action, Kansas State was holding opponents to 51.6 points per game on 36.5 percent shooting from the field.
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