Kansas State Notebook

Wildcats win without much help from Thomas Gipson

Updated: 2014-02-06T22:10:35Z

By Kellis Robinett

The Kansas City Star

First Half

•  Key play: Marcus Foster hit a three-pointer that sparked a hot streak from the outside with K-State making a three on five straight possessions.

•  Key stat: Oklahoma’s Cameron Clark didn’t score.

Second Half

•  Key play: Wesley Iwundu hit a three in the corner to start a game-altering run that led to a K-State victory.

•  Key stat: Oklahoma missed 10 of 12 shots from the outside.

Winning without Gipson

Many of Kansas State’s losses can be linked to the absence of junior forward Thomas Gipson. He watched from the bench while recovering from a concussion when Northern Colorado upset K-State on opening night, and he looked a step slow in losses to UNC-Charlotte and Georgetown. But he was the Wildcats’ most consistent player over their 10-game winning streak. On Tuesday, K-State figured out a way to win without him playing at a high level. Gipson was limited to four points and six rebounds in 16 foul-plagued minutes. “We did this without Thomas,” Weber said. “Thomas has been our rock-solid guy, and he had one of his worst games.”

• Nino Williams has been known for many things during his K-State career. Now he can add clutch free throws to the list. Williams, a junior forward, went four for four from the foul line when it mattered most. K-State players showed confidence in him and tried to get him the ball late.

“I’m a confident person,” Williams said. “I just feel like at the end of the game it’s like the first five minutes of the game. I just relax, do my routine and shoot my shot.”

• Marcus Foster played with bandages on his left ankle and his right index finger on Tuesday. The injuries didn’t appear to affect his shot, as he scored a team-high 18 points, but he struggled holding onto the ball. He lost five turnovers.

“I am in treatment three times a day doing two different things right now, my ankle and my finger,” Foster said. “It’s part of basketball. Sometimes you are going to get bumped around and hurt. I am just taking it day by day, trying to get better.”

To reach Kellis Robinett, send email to krobinett@kcstar.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/KellisRobinett.

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