Men’s basketball loses as Oklahoma State pulls away in second half

Junior guard Cartier Diarra scans the court for an open play during the men's basketball game against Texas in Bramlage Coliseum on Feb. 22, 2020. For the Throwback Game, K-State wore two-tone lavender uniforms, which were worn from 1973 to 1982. The Longhorns took the Wildcats 70-59. (Logan Wassall | Collegian Media Group)

The men’s basketball team mounted a competitive game against Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Oklahoma, Wednesday evening. The back-and-forth meeting featured seven ties and an astonishing eight lead changes. But the Wildcats just couldn’t keep up.

Near the end of the matchup, the Cowboys surged, securing a 69-63 victory over the Wildcats. Kansas State sits at an 11 game losing streak.

Going in the the halftime break, the Cowboys led by only three points, 26-23.

Oklahoma State started the second half strong, extending their lead to 32-25 in the first minute and a half.

But K-State did not go down without a fight. They shortened the lead to 33-31, and they slowly fought their way to tie the game at 41-41 with 12:12 to play in the second half. Junior guard Mike McGuirl scored off a Cowboy turnover to give the Wildcats their first lead of the game, 43-41.

That lead lasted until 7:55 remained on the clock. The Cowboys took it back with a three pointer, taking the score to 51-49.

Oklahoma State never looked back. They extended their late-surge lead to 56-49 before K-State started responding.

The Wildcats got two free throws from senior forward Makol Mawien to make the score 56-51. It wasn’t too long, however, before the Cowboys drew out their largest lead of the game, 62-51.

K-State cut the lead to six points three different times after that in an attempt to comeback, and cut the lead to four on a three-pointer by senior forward Xavier Sneed, but that was as close as the Wildcats got to mounting a successful comeback.

Redshirt junior guard Cartier Diarra led the Wildcats scoring 16 points. Sneed scored 10 points and junior guard Mike McGurl scored 11 points.

What really hurt K-State this time around was the shooting behind the arc. The Wildcats went four-21 from behind the three point like — the Cowboys were seven-20.

K-State will return home to take on the Iowa State Cyclones at 3 p.m. Saturday. It will be Mawien and Sneed’s last game at Bramlage Coliseum.