Oklahoma State 77, Kansas State 61
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[March 04, 2014]
STILLWATER, Okla. — Oklahoma State 77, Kansas State 61:
Phil Forte III tied a season high with 23 points to help the host
Cowboys pick up their fourth straight win following a seven-game slide.
Marcus Smart had 18 points, six rebounds, five assists and three
steals for Oklahoma State (20-10, 8-9 Big 12), which has greatly
enhanced its NCAA Tournament hopes with a dramatic turnaround since
Smart returned from a three-game suspension. Markel Brown had 15
points and Le'Bryan Nash chipped in with 13 for the Cowboys.
Thomas Gipson collected 10 points and 13 rebounds while Wesley
Iwundu had 10 points and 10 boards to pace the Wildcats (20-10,
10-7), who fell to fifth place in the conference. Leading scorer
Marcus Foster was limited to nine points on 4-of-16 shooting, part
of a 34.5 percent showing for Kansas State.
Oklahoma State scored the final six points of the first half to take
a 35-27 lead and Forte's 3-pointer four minutes into the second made
it 43-34. Forte drained another following a Brian Williams dunk as
the margin grew to 50-39 approaching the midway point of the half.
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The lead was reduced to eight after Iwundu had consecutive baskets
before Smart was good from long range to make it 57-46 with eight
minutes left. Smart was forced to the bench with four fouls with
5:38 left but Oklahoma State kept charging with a 9-1 surge — including another triple for Forte — to open up a 67-54 lead with
3:35 left and the hosts were never threatened again.
GAME NOTEBOOK: The Cowboys were 28-of-34 from the line, compared to
18-of-28 for the Wildcats. ... Forte made six of his team's seven
3-pointers. ... Kansas State finishes its regular season at home
against Baylor and Oklahoma State visits No. 17 Iowa State on
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