Kansas State University

Sooners benefit from week off

First half

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Key play:

Isaiah Cousins hit Oklahoma’s first three-pointer and tied the score at 5-5. It was a sign of things to come.

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Key stat:

No K-State player scored more than five points.

• Second half

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Key play:

Cameron Clark threw down a dunk that gave Oklahoma a 43-22 lead at the start of the second half.

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Key stat:

Oklahoma made 81 percent of its free throws.

Off-week blues

K-State coach Bruce Weber had an unusual reason for the loss. He thought Oklahoma benefited from a week off leading up to the game.

It was the second time K-State played a Big 12 opponent coming off that much rest. The other was Iowa State, which beat the Wildcats at Hilton Coliseum.

“I hope the league looks at it,” Weber said. “This is our second game we’ve had to play someone off a bye week on the road. ... If we are going to have a good league, we need to have a balanced schedule for everyone.”

• Senior guard Shane Southwell played for the first time since he injured his left ankle against Kansas and missed two games. He scored four points in 16 minutes in a reserve role.

Weber said he could have played Southwell more but didn’t want to push his injured left foot. Southwell left the game wearing a walking boot as a precautionary measure.

“We need him to keep getting better, a few minutes here and there,” Weber said. “He hasn’t practiced. He needs to get back in a game rhythm.”

• K-State’s four freshmen combined for 43 points, a season high for the group. Marcus Foster led the way with 21 points, Nigel Johnson scored 11, Wesley Iwundu added eight and Jevon Thomas had three.

Weber said it was encouraging but pointed out that none played high-quality defense.

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