It was neck and neck until the final moments of the game as the (13-4, 3-1 Big 12) Kansas State Wildcats clinched its 57th home win over the No. 25 Oklahoma Sooners 72-66, on Tuesday night.
Nino Williams had the final points of the game, closing it out with four sealing free throws. Williams also led the Wildcats in rebounds with nine.
The Wildcats victory was a combination of more efficient 3-point shooting from key players, a component that was missing in Saturday’s game against the Jayhawks, and the stifling of the Big 12′s leading scorer, Cameron Clark.
Marcus Foster and Shane Southwell, who had 18 and 16 points respectively, contributed threes acquired during five consecutive possessions in the first half.
Clark has been a main contributor to the Sooners reputation as the highest scoring team in the Big 12. As the Big 12′s leading scorer, there was a noticeable lag in the Sooner offense with Clark being held to only two points off of nine attempts.
It was almost a role reversal as K-State took on some of the Sooners shooting consistency and paired it with their own standing as the conference’s best defensive team.
K-State would eventually push their lead to 28-19 with a 3-pointer from Wesley Iwundu who ended the game with 11 points.
However, the Sooners would take the lead near the end of the first half. A layup from Isaiah Cousins would be the catalyst for a 18-5 outburst running seven minutes and ending in a 37-33 lead.
The Wildcats came back with a 3-pointer from Southwell and three free throws from Will Spradling, putting K-State back up with a 39-33 advantage.
However, the Sooners continued to make moves as forward Ryan Spangler reached a career-high and lead the team with 21 points and 14 rebounds, while teammate Buddy Hield contributed 12 points of his own.
Spangler put the Sooners briefly back in it with a 3-pointer making the score 58-56.
Yet their lead was only temporary as Wildcat Thomas Gibson scored his first points of the game with 2:59 left to play, tying it up 63 all.
Foster would put the Wildcats over the top with another shot from behind the arc, making it 66-63.
It was only a matter of running down the clock after Williams cinched the win with his final free throws.