Kansas State 69, Oklahoma 60

January 24, 2013

No. 16 Kansas State stayed undefeated in conference play by dropping Oklahoma 69-60 in Manhattan.

K-State’s Rodney McGruder poured in 20 points and Will Spradling contributed 15 last Saturday as KSU gave Oklahoma its first conference loss.

“It was a tough ball game,” said OU coach Lon Kruger, who starred at K-State as a player and later coached the Wildcats. “I  thought we got off to a good start, and Kansas State made a nice run there. They made some threes late in the first half to play well. We tried to battle to get back into the second half, but we could not quite do that. We did not take very good care of the ball, and that is entirely because the Kansas State defense was outstanding. They did a terrific job and dictated. We have not had that much trouble holding the ball on the season and you have to credit Kansas State for that.”

OU’s Romero Osby and Amath M’Baye each had 12 points.

“Lon (Kruger) has done a really nice job,” said K-State coach Bruce Weber. “He has tweaked some things and changed his lineup and they are hard to defend. In the first 10 minutes, they definitely outplayed us. We jumped on Rod’s (McGruder) back. I think he made three three-pointers in a row.”

Kruger complimented McGruder.

“He works so hard, and it is hard to stay in touch with him the entire time,” Kruger said. “I   thought our guys worked at it, but he got a little separation there a couple of times. It seemed like there was 3 or 5 possessions when he had a three. I do not know if it was that fast, but it seemed like it. He works. He got some separation and made us pay for it.

“Any club is a lot better when guys are making shots. Kansas State is very good, and when they shoot the ball like that, they are even better. They have good players that are capable of doing that. So, it is not a surprise.”