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February 23, 2014

Sooners rest easy after routing ’Cats

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Isaiah Cousins scored 17 points and had two steals, while Hield had three steals.

“It is a credit to them for scheming to get us in a bind and then they got turnovers off it,” Kansas State coach Bruce Weber said. “That led to transition baskets.”

Kansas State (18-9, 8-6) received a game-high 21 points from freshman guard Marcus Foster and Nigel Johnson came off the bench to score 11. They had to work for every shot. The Wildcats only had five second-chance points and 10 fast-break points with eight of those coming in the second half.

The win avenged OU’s 72-66 to the Wildcats on Jan. 14 in Manhattan, Kan.

The difference in the games was the Sooners’ intensity throughout. There was a 30-minute span in there were OU dominated on both ends. Only the opening minutes and closing minutes left something to be desired.

There was a lot to feel good about. OU left Lloyd Noble Center in a three-way tie for second in the conference with Texas and Iowa State. Staying there for more than a day is the tough part. It faces No. 8 and league-leading Kansas at 8 p.m. Monday at Allen Fieldhouse.

“It’s the nature of Big 12 play,” Kruger said. “We’ve played 14 now and it seems like every time we’ve finished a game we’re looking at another really good team a few days later.”

John Shinn

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jshinn@normantranscript.com

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