It took an extra period to do it, but behind Marcus Foster, Will Spradling and a big-time lift from the bench, Kansas State upset the seventh-ranked Kansas Jayhawks, 85-82, on Monday night at Bramlage Coliseum.
Foster scored 20 points and Spradling added 15 — including a clutch 3-pointer in OT — as the Wildcats (17-7, 7-4 Big 12) edged the Jayhawks (18-6, 9-2) by going ahead by six in the final seconds of OT and holding on for its second straight win.
The teams were tied 29-29 at halftime after DJ Johnson blocked a pair of KU shots on the final possession of the first half. Johnson saved his best, however, for the second half when he scored seven points during a stretch of 4 1/2 minutes to give the Wildcats their biggest lead of the game at 66-57 with 3:30 to play. He finished with nine points and four rebounds off the bench.
Kansas wasn’t done, as the Jayhawks rallied with a 10-1 run to end regulation and send the game into overtime tied at 69.
Although the Wildcats got their biggest scoring performances from two starters, the contributions from the bench — Johnson, Omari Lawrence and Nino Williams — is what put K-State over the top. Lawrence scored nine points, while Williams added eight. The Wildcats’ bench outscored Kansas’ 30-26.
Perry Ellis led the Jayhawks with 19 points before fouling out in overtime. Andrew Wiggins added 16, but scored half his points at the free-throw line. KU starters Joel Embiid and Wayne Selden combined for just eight points.