There isn’t much more you need to know about the Wildcats’ 52-50 victory over Oklahoma on Saturday at Lloyd Noble Center. Both teams struggled on offense. Both teams played above-average defense. The team that made the biggest play late — Angel Rodriguez sinking a pair of free throws in the final seconds — came away with the win and moved into sole possession of second place in the Big 12.
Here’s a look back in another edition of player ratings:
Will Spradling – 7:
In a low-scoring game like this, anyone who makes 5 of 8 shots, including two three-pointers, is going to standout. Spradling made important shots when K-State needed him to, and he led the team with 12 points. Early foul trouble prevented Spradling from doing more, but he contributed a great deal in the second half.
Last game: 7. Average: 6.5.
Rodney McGruder – 7:
This is two games in a row McGruder has encountered early foul trouble. K-State has won both games, but that needs to change for the Wildcats in future games. He made some quality plays when he was on the floor, though. He only scored seven points, but grabbed a game-high nine rebounds.
Last game: 5. Average: 7.9.
Martavious Irving – 7:
Irving was K-State’s top scorer in the first half and provided important defense throughout. He scored 10 points and grabbed three rebounds. He is bringing much-needed energy off the bench, and is quickly developing into K-State’s sixth man.
Last game: 6. Average: 6.4.
Angel Rodriguez – 6.5: The sophomore guard made the play of the game by driving to the basket, drawing a foul and making two free throws with the score tied in the final moments. He gets extra credit for that, but he didn’t play as well against Oklahoma as he has in other games recently. He only scored four points and dished out three assists. Leading K-State in minutes played (31) was a welcome change, though.
Last game: 8.5. Average: 7.2.
Shane Southwell – 6.5:
His scoring was down, and he was 0-for-4 from three. But he contributed more than three points by sending out four assists and grabbing three steals. His defense had a big impact on the game, as well.
Last game: 7.5. Average: 7.6.
Jordan Henriquez – 6.5:
Henriquez probably deserved more playing time than the 13 minutes he got. The 6-foot-11 forward played well early and ended up with eight points, three rebounds, a block and a steal.
Last game: 7. Average: 6.6.
Thomas Gipson – 6:
Six points and four rebounds went a long way in this game. Gipson made important shots and helped K-State throughout his 26 minutes.
Last game: 9. Average: 5.9.
Omari Lawrence — 5:
What we saw from Lawrence on Saturday will likely resemble his role moving forward. The reserve guard played 11 minutes, and didn’t mess up.
Last game: 8. Average: 5.
Nino Williams – 4:
He was held scoreless in 14 minutes.
Last game: 5. Average: 4.8.
D.J. Johnson – 4:
Made the most of his 4 minutes by snaring two rebounds.
Last game: 3. Average: 4.5.