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.”
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.
FINDING STEVEN PLEDGER
Steven Pledger made almost everything he touched last year in Manhattan, finishing with 30 points on 11 for 17 shooting.
He said earlier in the week that shots were “falling his way” and his teammates were “finding him in open spots.” On Saturday against Kansas State, Pledger was absent of any major production in Oklahoma's loss.
He was also running around with the Wildcats' star guard McGruder.
By halftime, Pledger had only two points compared to the 18 he had last year. He ended the game with 10 points.
“Most of the plays weren't really run for me, so we run them through and things like that,” Pledger said of his inability to make it to the basket. “(McGruder) was really on tonight, so he did a good job.”
Ten OU players played for four minutes or more in the first half. ... Attendance was 12,528. ... The Sooners came into the game shooting .758 in free throws on the season. OU went 7 of 15 Saturday from the charity stripe. ... OU scored 20 points off second chances, compared to KSU's five, and OU scored 34 points, compared to KSU's 16, in the paint.