Cats get smacked by OSU, 77-61

By Joel Jellison

STILLWATER, Okla. — It wasn’t the best way for the Kansas State men’s basketball team to finish off the Big 12 road schedule, as the Wildcats got knocked around in a 77-61 loss at Oklahoma State.

The Wildcats (20-10, 10-7 Big 12) started the game off by taking a 13-8 lead in the first five minutes. But Will Spradling picked up his second foul and the Cowboys (20-10, 8-9) outscored K-State 27-14 the rest of the half and led by eight at halftime.

K-State cut the lead to three early in the second half, but the Cowboys quickly extended the lead back to eight thanks to back-to-back turnovers by Shane Southwell. Oklahoma State put together an 11-3 run in the final minutes to pull ahead for good.

The Wildcats struggled with Oklahoma State guard Phil Forte throughout the game, allowing him to score a game-high 23 points and make six 3-pointers. The Wildcats got 10 points and 13 rebounds from Thomas Gipson and 10 points and 10 rebounds from Wesley Iwundu.

Marcus Smart, Markel Brown and Le’Bryan Nash each scored in double figures for the Cowboys.

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