• Key play: Martavious Irving hit a three-pointer that sparked a K-State run.
• Key stat: Oklahoma went scoreless on its final nine possessions.
• Key play: Angel Rodriguez made two free throws with 5.6 seconds remaining that put K-State ahead for good.
• Key stat: Will Spradling scored seven points for the Wildcats.
How upset were K-State players after losing both of their games against Oklahoma last year? Perhaps coach Bruce Weber can explain it best.
Since I got here they talked about how Oklahoma got them twice last year, Weber said. They were able to get them back.
The Wildcats finished a season sweep of the Sooners on Saturday. They won 69-60 at Bramlage Coliseum last month.
Its big, especially after what they did to us last year, losing two games to them when we really shouldnt have, Spradling said. We came in and beat a better team today.
Weber is now 3-0 against Lon Kruger, with one of those victories coming when he was at Illinois and Kruger was with UNLV.
• For the second straight game, K-State needed big production from its bench because of foul trouble. Both Rodney McGruder and Will Spradling, who lead the Wildcats in minutes played, picked up early fouls and had to spend the majority of the first half on the bench. That meant Martavious Irving, Omari Lawrence and Thomas Gipson had to contribute when they came in. They all responded, with Irving scoring 10 points, Gipson scoring six and Lawrence two. McGruder finished with seven points and nine rebounds. Spradling had a nice second half and scored 12 points.
• Jordan Henriquez was once again in the starting lineup, and performed well. He scored eight points and grabbed three rebounds in 13 minutes of action.
Henriquez arguably deserved more time. He scored K-States first six points, and was involved throughout.
But Weber thought Henriquez was a bad matchup for Oklahomas small front-court and limited his minutes.
• Weber was critical of McGruders decision to risk a lob-pass to Spradling late.
Oklahoma was pressing in an attempt to get back in the game, and had both players well defended. McGruder floated up a pass that got stolen.
K-State had a timeout available, and in hindsight, Weber would have preferred if McGruder had used it.
| Kellis Robinett, firstname.lastname@example.org