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January 20, 2013

Wildcats end Sooners’ streak



Romero Osby led OU with 12 points, but committed five of those turnovers. He wasn’t really a factor on the offensive end until the last 10 minutes of the game.

“They were doing a good job of making us extend our offense,” Osby said. “They were pressuring us. They were doing a good job of not really fouling us when we did drive. They were physical, but they got their hands back and didn’t foul us.”

Forward Amath M’Baye added 12 points and Steven Pledger finished with 10. Shooting wasn’t the Sooners’ problem. They made 25 of 53 attempts. Where the shots were falling from was the issue.

Kansas State connected on 10 of 24 3-point attempts. McGruder scored 12 of his total from beyond the arc. Will Spradling finished with 15 and was 3 for 9 from 3-point range. Shane Southwell and Angel Rodriguez both added 12.

“Any club is a lot better when a lot of guys are making shots. Kansas State is very good and when they shoot the ball like that, they’re even better,” Kruger said. “They’re capable of doing that. It’s not a big surprise.”

The stunner was OU’s inability to make a run in the second half. Twice it narrowed the deficit to five points early in the second half, but that was as close as it got. It came down to execution and the Wildcats were just better.

The win was the Wildcats’ eighth in a row, while OU had a five-game winning streak snapped. There’s no time to mourn. The Sooners face Texas on Monday night at Lloyd Noble Center.

They received a lesson from the Wildcats whether they wanted it or not.

“I think our guys came in expecting good things, yet came out realizing we’ve got to do some things better to play at that level,” Kruger said. “We’ll do that. We’ll go back home, get to work and see if we can’t get better.”

John Shinn

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