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Oklahoma basketball: No. 25 Sooners fall at Kansas State

Ryan Spangler has 21 points and 14 rebounds, but Wildcats stop Sooners in Manhattan.
by Ryan Aber Published: January 14, 2014

MANHATTAN, Kan. — Cameron Clark and Buddy Hield struggled offensively all night.

Yet somehow, with less than four minutes left, Oklahoma led Kansas State on the road at Bramlage Coliseum.

But the Sooners' offensive struggles finally caught up with them, and their defensive woes re-emerged as the Wildcats beat No. 25 OU 72-66 in front of a crowd of 12,250.

“When you get one in position where you have a chance to win on the road, you'd like to go ahead and finish it,” Sooners coach Lon Kruger said. “Not quite ready to do that I guess. But we've gotta learn from it and make progress.”

Oklahoma (13-4, 2-2 Big 12) plays at No. 12 Baylor on Saturday.

Thomas Gipson, who had struggled inside against Sooners sophomore forward Ryan Spangler, started making plays late, and the Sooners couldn't answer.

With around three minutes left, Oklahoma let a solid defensive possession slip away.

The Sooners kept the Wildcats from getting a good look until Shane Southwell launched a long jumper just before the shot clock expired.

But Gipson fought through Sooners' defenders, jumped up and tipped the rebound home to tie the game.

On Kansas State's next possession, Marcus Foster drained the Wildcats' 11th 3-pointer of the night to put K-State ahead for good.

Kansas State came into the game averaging just 5.5 3-pointers per game.

“We had a couple looks that didn't go,” Kruger said. “They made shots and we didn't. Sometimes it comes down to that.

“We had some decent looks that we needed to convert; had a couple free throws they made and we didn't.”

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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