First Half Woes Costly for K-State


Buddy Hield scored 18 points to lead four Oklahoma players in double figures and the Sooners used a 31-7 first half run to seize control on their way to an 86-73 win over Kansas State Saturday at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman.

Oklahoma which lost to the Wildcats 72-66 earlier this season at Bramlage Coliseum jumped out to a 38-14 lead before settling for a 41-22 advantage at halftime as K-State was beset by numerous turnovers that the Sooners promptly converted into points. The roll continued for OU in the second half as they led by as much as 66-40 midway through the second half.

Led by Marcus Foster, the Wildcats began to chip away at the deficit and pulled to within 77-66 with 2:53 remaining in the contest. However, Thomas Gipson was called for a technical foul as part of a double technical along with OU’s Ryan Spangler allowing the Sooners to sink free throws the rest the way and end a three-game losing streak to Kansas State that dated back to 2012.

Joining Hield in double figures for Lon Kruger’s club were Isaiah Cousins with 17 points, Cameron Clark had 11 points and Jordan Woodard added 10. Foster led all scorers with 21 points, most of them during the second half while Nigel Johnson had 11 and Gipson added 10.

Kansas State (18-9, 8-6) lost on the road for the sixth consecutive game in Big 12 play. K-State takes to the road again Tuesday night when they travel to Lubbock to face Tubby Smith’s Texas Tech squad. Tipoff at United Spirit Arena is set for 6 p.m.

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