No. 9 Wildcats Tripped Up by Cowboys, 73-69
MANHATTAN, Kan. - James Anderson scored 30 points and Oklahoma State held off a late Kansas State rally as the Cowboys snapped the ninth-ranked Wildcats' school-record 14-game winning streak at Bramlage Coliseum with a 73-69 win on Saturday.
The Cowboys (15-4, 3-2) found a way to unsettle the Wildcats (16-3, 3-2) offensively on the afternoon, holding K-State to just 35.6 percent shooting (21-of-59) and 27.6 percent from three-point range (8-of-29).
Senior guard Denis Clemente led K-State with 19 points, while junior forward Curtis Kelly chipped in 13 of his own, along with seven rebounds. Junior guard Jacob Pullen struggled from the field, shooting 13.3 (2-of-15) percent, while converting on 5-of-7 free throw attempts to end the game with 11 points.
K-State came out firing in the first half, going on a 10-2 run to start the game, with Clemente drilling home two three-pointers in the first three minutes of the contest. The Cowboys battled back with a 12-2 run of their own though, taking their first lead of the game at the 11:11 mark when Anderson connected from three-point range, bringing the score to 14-12 in favor of OSU.
Pullen converted on a rare four-point-play to open up a five-point lead for the Wildcats at the 7:30 mark. K-State stretched the lead to nine points late in the first half, getting two easy baskets off of turnovers, the second coming on a thunderous dunk from Sutton following a steal. Following a late burst of fouls, the Wildcats went in at the half leading by three, 35-32.
Clemente led the Wildcats with 12 points going into the second half, while OSU's Anderson led all scorers with 19 first-half points, the most points allowed to an opponent in a half all season. Pullen came into the locker room with five points, while also dishing out four assists.
Oklahoma State came out of the locker room and quickly went on a 10-1 run, capitalized by a break-away layup by Anderson. K-State pulled back even with the Cowboys at the 12:30 mark following a pair of Pullen free-throws. Jamar Samuels opened up a four-point lead at 52-48 for the Wildcats with a throw-down off of a great Pullen dish. The Cowboys battled back though, as Oklahoma State's Obi Muonelo nailed a tough three with a hand in his face to bring the Cowboy lead to 66-60 with 2:00 to play. The Wildcats had a chance down the stretch, with Pullen narrowly missing a layup that would have tied up the game at 71 with 5.5 seconds to play. However, OSU's Nick Sidorakis was fouled on the rebound of and hit both of his free throws to ice the four-point victory for the Cowboys.K-State will return to action Tuesday when it travels to Waco, Texas, for a matchup with No. 25 Baylor. The game, which is scheduled for a 7 p.m. tip, can be seen on Fox Sports Kansas City and heard over radio along the K-State Sports Network.