No. 13 K-State 64-61 beats Baylor on McGruder 3

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 2, 2013 at 10:05 pm •  Published: March 2, 2013
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WACO, Texas (AP) — Rodney McGruder was surprised that Kansas State was even getting the chance at another shot in regulation.

It was quick, and it worked.

McGruder made a 3-pointer at the buzzer for a 64-61 victory Saturday night that kept the 13th-ranked Wildcats in a tie for the Big 12 lead.

They unexpectedly got the ball back with a second remaining following Baylor's failed desperation inbound pass.

"I was thinking of something different. But that goes for being fortunate," McGruder said of a game that seemed headed for overtime. "It worked out in our favor. That's all I can say."

Kansas State (24-5, 13-3 Big 12) had already missed one potential tiebreaking shot when Shane Southwell missed badly on a shot that went out of bounds with 1 second left.

Instead of settling for overtime, the Bears (17-12, 8-8) brought seldom-used Jacob Neubert off the bench to try a length-of-the-court inbound pass.

But Neubert's baseball-style pass went out of bounds without being touched. So the Wildcats got the ball under their own basket without any time running off the clock.

The Wildcats called timeout and set up the play. Angel Rodriguez inbounded the ball to McGruder, who worked around defenders to get open on the right wing a couple of feet beyond the 3-point line. He swished the shot.

"We didn't do a very good job on the possession before that. We really didn't get a good look," Wildcats coach Bruce Weber. "(Southwell) was probably our last option on that one and I probably should have called timeout. ... We didn't have a quick hitter on shot clocks and we just call in 'quick.' The kids said, 'Let's run it.' We've run it once this year. Rodney read it perfectly. Great pass by Angel."

McGruder finished with 18 points for the Wildcats, who won their fifth straight game and ninth in 10 to maintain a share of the Big 12 lead with sixth-ranked Kansas with two regular season games left. The Jayhawks got their 13th league victory earlier Saturday, 91-65 over West Virginia.

Pierre Jackson had 18 points and seven assists for Baylor, which has lost seven of its past 10 games.

"I don't remember losing on a buzzer-beater — ever. So I don't know how to react to it," Jackson said.

Cory Jefferson had 14 points while Isaiah Austin, the Bears' 7-foot-1 freshman standout, had 11 points and 12 rebounds for his 10th double-double this season.

"It was a great game and a terrible ending for the Baylor Bears," coach Scott Drew said. "With one second, it's hard not to try to win the game. Jacob has done a great job of making that pass. Isaiah has come down with it, Cory has come down with it, Quincy Acy has come down with it. So it would be tough not to try it from underneath out of bounds. ... The plan was for (Isaiah) to catch it and lay it in, and we storm the court."

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