By Kellis Robinett
The Kansas City Star
• 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: Oklahomas Cameron Clark didnt score.
• 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 States 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.
Im a confident person, Williams said. I just feel like at the end of the game its 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 didnt 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. Its 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.