MANHATTAN, Kan. — To Romero Osby, this loss — a messy 69-60 loss for Oklahoma at Kansas State — looked a lot like last year.
On Saturday, the Sooners were commanded by the Wildcats. They were weak beyond the arc (3-of-11) and at the line (7-of-15). And as starting forward Osby fell apart, the Sooners racked up turnovers and watched Kansas State drain buckets from 3-point range.
“We didn't do a very good job with the ball,” Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said. “That's entirely because of Kansas State. They did a good job and they dictated. ... We tried to battle in the second half to get back in it, but couldn't quite do that.”
That's because the second half was too late for Osby, who sat with his head in his hand during the postgame news conference, to make any real comeback.
Although he ended the first half with only two points and added 10 more in the second, his five turnovers and his team's overall low production were taken advantage of by Kansas State and star guard Rodney McGruder, who led the Wildcats with 20 points..
So in a way, the Sooners (12-4, 3-1) saw a glimpse of how easily this year could become last year. The difference, Osby said, is they've learned not to dwell on it.
The game started off looking like OU was going to stick with Kansas State on every possession. Then at 18:32 came the first turnover. Another one quickly followed, and from there one was sprinkled in every two to three minutes. OU's inability to hold onto the ball gave Kansas State 19 of its 35 first-half points off turnovers. That plus a run of three straight 3-pointers by McGruder led to a 35-27 halftime lead for KSU.
The Wildcats (15-2, 4-0) kept the Sooners from developing any type of run of their own besides six straight points from senior reserve Andrew Fitzgerald early in the game. Then with about eight minutes left in the first half, Je'lon Hornbeak tried to inbounds a pass to Cam Clark for a dunk. It didn't work, but the Sooners got the ball again.