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Kansas State’s road woes continue in 58-55 loss to Oklahoma State

Kansas State forward Dean Wade, center, is blocked by Oklahoma State forward Leyton Hammonds, left, and guard Jeff Newberry in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. Hammonds led Oklahoma State scoring with 13 points in the 58-55 win over Kansas State.
Kansas State forward Dean Wade, center, is blocked by Oklahoma State forward Leyton Hammonds, left, and guard Jeff Newberry in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. Hammonds led Oklahoma State scoring with 13 points in the 58-55 win over Kansas State. AP

When will Kansas State win its next Big 12 road game?

It’s a question worth pondering, more so than ever after the Wildcats lost their 13th consecutive conference road game Saturday at Gallagher-Iba Arena, falling 58-55 in overtime to Oklahoma State.

The result left coach Bruce Weber searching for answers and blaming players when none came to mind. He wants to see more heart, more desire, more anything.

“It’s got to come from inside,” Weber said. “I don’t want to kill them, but at the same time we have tried to be very patient with them. They have got to step it up.”

His frustration is understandable. This loss extended a Big 12 road losing streak that began more than a year ago and has no obvious end in sight. Some will view a visit to last-place TCU on Tuesday as winnable, but it won’t be any easier than the situation the Wildcats walked into Saturday.

Wildcats lose 58-55 in overtime on Saturday. (Kellis Robinett/The Wichita Eagle)

This was K-State’s best opportunity to finally win a conference game away from Bramlage Coliseum. Why? For starters, the Cowboys, 12-13, 3-9 Big 12, were down their best two players — Phil Forte and Jawun Evans —due to injury. They were also playing in front of a sparse, quiet crowd of 4,407. Empty orange seats outnumbered fans. And they hadn’t won a conference game in nearly a month.

Big 12 road games don’t get much easier than this. Yet, the Wildcats, 14-11, 3-9, were unable to take advantage.

“You still have got to play good,” Weber said. “We didn’t. We didn’t make enough plays to win. I told the guys, ‘I will take a one-point, ugly win, because that is what I was anticipating and hoping for. We just didn’t get it.”

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Oklahoma State made it clear it was going to push K-State early, capitalizing on a flurry of K-State turnovers to take to a 20-8 lead. The Wildcats fought back to keep things competitive and led by as many as four in the second half, but the Cowboys came through with clutch plays late.

None was bigger than a three-pointer from Tavarius Shine at the start of overtime. It was unclear which team would respond better to the extra five minutes after Oklahoma State guard Jeff Newberry briefly appeared to win the game at the buzzer in regulation, draining a Hail Mary from nearly half court. Officials initially counted the shot, but decided it came after time expired upon review.

Would K-State view this as a second chance to land an elusive road victory? Or would Oklahoma State use the overturned shot as motivation?

Clearly, it fired up the Cowboys. They quickly went ahead 57-52 and held off a late K-State rally. The Wildcats came close to forcing a second overtime on the final possession of overtime, but Justin Edwards missed a pair of three-pointers and Stephen Hurt missed another at the buzzer. Three chances. All misses.

“I thought I had a good look,” Edwards said. “I just wasn’t falling.”

Edwards did his best to lift K-State, finishing with his second double-double of the season on 14 points and 13 rebounds. D.J. Johnson added 11 points and seven rebounds. Barry Brown had 10 points and six rebounds. Those were all positives, but the Wildcats needed more.

Oklahoma State intentionally played slow, waiting until the final seconds of possessions to shoot and going hard on defense. Leyton Hammonds led Oklahoma State with 13 points and Tavuris Shine added 11.

K-State needed to value its possessions in response, but couldn’t deliver, making 36.7 percent of its shots losing 19 turnovers.

The Wildcats also fell behind 20-8 early.

Wildcats lose 58-55 in Stillwater. (Kellis Robinett/The Wichita Eagle)

“We came out slow,” Edwards said. “If we came out a little bit more aggressive, with more emotion, more effort, it could have been a different ending. It’s frustrating, but it is what it is.

“I don’t know what is going on, I don’t know if we hit a wall or something. We have to do something to get everyone’s emotions going.”

The lack of emotion is perplexing.

“I don’t know where our emotion is right now,” Weber said. “It’s disappointing. I tried to rile them up at one timeout. I looked like an idiot, but I was trying to put some fire in them.”

It was just last week that K-State defeated then No. 1 Oklahoma 80-69 and looked like a potential NCAA Tournament team. Two losses later, they have work to do to reach the NIT.

The search for answers and Big 12 road wins continues.

“It’s a roller coaster right now,” Johnson said. “Up one week. Down the next. We have to figure out a way to close out games.”

OKLAHOMA STATE 58

KANSAS STATE 55, OT

TableStyle: SP-bkwideplayersCCI Template: SP-bkwideplayers

KANSAS

STATE

Min

FG-A

FT-A

O-R

A

PF

PT

Johnson

30

4-5

3-4

4-7

1

0

11

Wade

29

2-5

0-0

0-0

0

4

4

Ervin II

16

1-1

2-2

0-2

1

5

4

Brown

38

4-11

0-0

0-6

1

3

10

Iwundu

38

1-7

2-3

1-4

7

2

5

Edwards

39

4-15

4-6

4-13

0

2

14

Rohleder

6

1-1

0-0

0-0

0

1

3

Budke

13

0-2

0-0

1-2

0

1

0

Hurt

16

1-2

2-3

2-3

1

1

4

TEAM

   

1-2

   

Totals

225

18-49

13-18

13-39

11

19

55

Percentages: FG .367, FT .722. Three-Point Goals: 6-18, .333 (Brown 2-5, Edwards 2-7, Rohleder 1-1, Iwundu 1-2, Budke 0-1, Wade 0-2). Blocked Shots: 4 (Johnson 2, Wade, Edwards). Turnovers: 19 (Iwundu 5, Edwards 4, Ervin II 4, Johnson, Wade, Brown, Budke, Hurt). Steals: 8 (Edwards 3, Johnson 2, Iwundu 2, Brown). Technical Fouls: None.

TableStyle: SP-bkwideplayersCCI Template: SP-bkwideplayers

OKLAHOMA

STATE

Min

FG-A

FT-A

O-R

A

PF

PT

Hammonds

39

5-18

0-0

3-6

1

1

13

Solomon

30

2-4

0-0

2-4

1

5

4

Griffin

39

1-5

4-8

2-4

4

3

6

Newberry

37

3-12

3-4

3-10

5

2

10

Carroll

24

2-4

0-0

1-6

0

0

5

Burton

11

3-7

1-3

0-0

0

1

9

Shine

34

3-5

2-2

1-4

1

3

11

Olivier

5

0-1

0-0

0-0

0

2

0

Allen Jr

6

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

1

0

TEAM

   

3-3

   

Totals

225

19-56

10-17

15-37

12

18

58

Percentages: FG .339, FT .588. Three-Point Goals: 10-33, .303 (Shine 3-5, Hammonds 3-11, Burton 2-6, Carroll 1-2, Newberry 1-6, Griffin 0-3). Blocked Shots: 4 (Solomon 2, Newberry 2). Turnovers: 18 (Allen Jr. 5, Newberry 3, Carroll 3, Griffin 2, Hammonds, Shine, Solomon). Steals: 9 (Newberry 3, Shine 2, Hammonds 2, Griffin, Solomon). Technical Fouls: None.

Half: Oklahoma State 27-22. End Of Regulation: Tied 52-52. Attendance: 4,407. Officials: Mike Stuart, Darron George, Bret Smith.

AP-WF-02-13-16 2053GMT

Kellis Robinett: @kellisrobinett

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