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Oklahoma basketball notebook: Sooners can't contain Kansas State from 3-point range

The Wildcats put up 24 shots beyond the arc Saturday. They made 10 of them. Oklahoma couldn't contain starting guards Rodney McGruder, Will Spradling or Angel Rodriguez from 3-point range.
BY STEPHANIE KUZYDYM Published: January 19, 2013
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MANHATTAN, Kan. — Oklahoma let Kansas State run free like a pack of wildcats in OU's 69-60 loss to the nation's 16th-ranked team Saturday.

The Wildcats put up 24 shots beyond the arc. They made 10 of them. Oklahoma couldn't contain starting guards Rodney McGruder, Will Spradling or Angel Rodriguez from 3-point range.

McGruder went 4 of 9. Spradling went 3 of 6. Rodriguez hit one 3-pointer, but it came at a time when Oklahoma had just pulled within six points at 58-52. The 3 reignited Kansas State's lead, and the Wildcats went on to lead by 10 and win by nine.

“They have the ability to step out and make 3s,” Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said about the three guards' 3-pointers. “Spradling's a good shouter. Rodriguez adds a few. We were concerned about a lot of things with them but not in their ability to make 3s. They've been a little streaky on the year, but still very capable.”

FIRST-HALF TREYS

The Wildcats hit seven 3-pointers in the first half.

Rodney McGruder set up from almost the same spot on the floor for three straight shots, and the Sooners left him pretty open. He freed himself of Stephen Pledger to make three straight 3-pointers late in the first half.

Kansas State starting guard Shane Southwell shot 2 for 3 in the first half, including the last three points of the half.

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