• Key play: Rodney McGruder fouled Marcus Smart on the final possession of the first half when K-State was trying to take the final shot. Instead, Oklahoma State scored the final points.
• Key stat: Oklahoma State scored 10 points off fast-break opportunities. K-State scored two.
• Key play: Nino Williams followed a McGruder miss in the closing seconds with a slam dunk that clinched the game.
• Key stat: McGruder scored 26 of his 28 points in the second half.
Too much emotion
K-State coach Bruce Weber was happy to see his team play with emotion and feed off the energy of a vocal crowd on Saturday, but he thought his players took that experience too far at times. After runs in the second half, he often ran onto the court during timeouts and admonished his players for celebrating when the game was still up for grabs.
“We’re chest-bumping and celebrating like we just won the thing,” Weber said. “Then we go out and make a couple bad defensive mistakes. I want to be aggressive and use the emotion of the arena, but you have got to play smarter and make them earn baskets.”
• Angel Rodriguez and Martavious Irving both played after missing time because of minor injuries. Their presence was noticeable.
Rodriguez had eight assists and two steals. But Weber was critical of Rodriguez for playing too aggressively. He fouled out with 2:09 remaining for needlessly challenging an inbounds pass.
Irving hit a three-pointer and played good defense.
• K-State’s rotation seems to be taking shape. Nine Wildcats played, eight 14 minutes or more.
• Football coach Bill Snyder attended the game, and the basketball team noticed. Weber and players both pointed out how nice it was to have the support of the Wildcats’ football coach two days after the football season ended.
• Two recruits watched the game behind K-State’s bench. They were Neville Flincher, a power forward from Hargrave Military Academy, and Jevon Thomas, a guard who made an oral commitment to the Wildcats recently.
| Kellis Robinett, The Star