K-State claws past No. 25 Oklahoma 72-66

(Photo by Parker Robb | Collegian) Freshman forward Wesley Iwundu soars past an outstretched arm from an Oklahoma defender on his way to the basket during the second half of the Wildcats' 72-66 win over the Sooners in Bramlage Coliseum January 14, 2014. Iwundu made all three of the three-pointers he attempted, complementing it by making 4 of 6 field goals.


The K-State Wildcats (13-4, 3-1) returned home to Bramlage Coliseum on Saturday where they added another ranked team as they upended the No. 25 Oklahoma Sooners (13-4, 2-2) 72-66. It was a back an forth competition the entire way for both team, but it was the Wildcats who made the plays down the stretch. Five Wildcats finished the day in double figures with freshman guard Marcus Foster leading the way with 18 points.

Turning point

Hope seemed to be fading for the Wildcats as they fell behind the Sooners 62-56 with just under six minutes to go in the game. The Wildcats responded with a 16-4 run to end the game. With 2:23 left on the clock, freshman guard Marcus Foster hit a big three-pointer to give the Wildcats their first lead since the 7:46 mark where they led by one.


Freshman guard Wesley Iwundu does all the little things for this K-State Wildcat team. On Saturday, the freshman from Houston finished with 11 points, six rebounds, three assists and zero turnovers. Where Iwundu thrived on Saturday was behind the three-point line. Coming into Saturday, he had only was 1-5 on long range attempts, he finished 3-3 from outside. With less than a minute left in the game, Iwundu grabbed an offensive board with 49 seconds left which put the Wildcats right back to the line, pushing their lead to three.

“Did that just happen?” moment

The Sooners were hot out of the gate, taking a 14-8 lead. The Wildcats responded by re-enacting an artillery strike as they connected on five consecutive three-pointers, giving them a 23-17 lead.

Going Forward

The Wildcats will be back in action on Saturday where they will host West Virginia (10-7, 2-2). Tipoff is set for 12:30 CT at Bramlage Coliseum.