Recently benched, Marcus Foster suddenly clutch for Kansas State

Recently benched, Marcus Foster suddenly clutch for Kansas State

Kansas State sophomore guard Marcus Foster was back in the starting lineup Saturday on the road at Oklahoma and what he did at the end of the Wildcats' 66-63 victory more than validated that decision.

Foster made a floater at the end of regulation to force overtime against the16th-ranked Sooners  and drained a pull-up 3-pointer to win the game with 4.1 seconds left in overtime. It was quite a turnaround for a player who was benched just two games ago when he was underperforming  and seemed to be angry about his minutes at Oklahoma State

Foster finished the game with 14 points, hardly a groundbreaking scoring night, but he played through mistakes and foul trouble and kept his confidence. It paid off down the stretch when his team needed him most.

Getting Foster gliding in a more confident groove is a must for coach Bruce Weber and the Wildcats if they're going to have any hope of putting a rough start to the season behind them and find a way to push their way into the Big 12 Conference race and possible the NCAA Tournament. This is a team with seven losses already and not much room to absorb many more losses the rest of the way while playing in what might be the toughest conference in the nation this season.

It was only the third win in a true road game for Kansas State since the start of last season and it's the first victory on the road over a ranked team for coach Bruce Weber in his tenure with the Wildcats.

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[Kyle Ringo is the assistant editor of The Dagger on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter!