Oklahoma St 63

(13-9, 3-5 Big 12)

Kansas St 61

(12-7, 3-5 Big 12)

    4:00 PM ET, February 4, 2006

    Bramlage Coliseum, Manhattan, Kansas

    1 2 T
    OKST 30 3363
    KSU 30 3161

    Top Performers

    Oklahoma St: J. Brown 11 Pts, 2 Reb, 3 Ast

    Kansas St: D. Hoskins 18 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl

    Oklahoma State 63, Kansas State 61

    MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) -- Eddie Sutton loves to salt away wins like these, like saving money for a rainy day.

    Down nine points with 5 minutes to go, an Oklahoma State team that has made a habit of close ones turned everything around. Jamaal Brown's two 3-pointers keyed a charge and freshman Terrel Harris' 3-pointer gave the Cowboys the lead Saturday in a stunning 63-61 victory over a demoralized Kansas State.

    "Any time you can rally, that's something you can build on and you reach back," said Sutton, whose youthful Cowboys (13-9, 3-5 Big 12) had lost four in a row. "If you've got a game like that and you're down, and say, `Hey, remember what we did at Kansas State."

    It was a bitter and depressing setback for Kansas State (12-7, 3-5), which in its previous game became the first team in more than a year to lose to Baylor.

    "This has been the toughest week of basketball since I have been here," said junior guard Lance Harris. "It is hard to move forward knowing that we have these past couple of losses. We played a lot better today than we did at Baylor, but we just didn't finish the game."

    "We are really down right now," said Harris, who scored 14 points and was the only Kansas State player who came out to talk with reporters. "We really don't know what to think."

    The Cowboys got a boost from the return of 6-foot-9 sophomore Marcus Dove, who had missed the previous 10 games with injury.

    A defensive specialist, Dove helped hold Cartier Martin to just eight points -- the first time in 20 games Martin did not score in double figures.

    "I had some help from my teammates," said Dove.

    After Harris' 3-pointer put Oklahoma State on top 62-61, Mario Boggan rebounded a Kansas State miss and hit a free throw. Kansas State inbounded the ball with 2.3 ticks left on the clock, but never got off a shot.

    "That's a pretty amazing way to drop that game today, and it's just really unfortunate," said coach Jim Wooldridge, who is under great pressure to make a breakthrough in his sixth year at Kansas State and reach the NCAA tournament.

    "We're finding ways to lose instead of finding ways to win," Wooldridge said. "That's really unfortunate. You come a million miles in a game, and you know that you need to finish it in a positive way and we haven't been able to do that in the last week and a half. If it isn't one thing it's another."

    After Martin's free throws made it 56-47, Brown hit two 3-pointers in an Oklahoma State charge. Boggan's two free throws made it 59-all with 1:46 to play.

    Kansas State got off to a quick second-half getaway when Mario Taybron stole the ball at midcourt and drove in for a layup with 13:12 to go, capping a 14-6 run that turned a 30-30 halftime tie into a 44-36 Kansas State lead.

    Shortly before tipoff, newly hired football coach Ron Prince took the microphone and urged the crowd to make as much noise as it could to support the Wildcats. It was the first sellout for a non-Kansas game since Jan. 11, 2003.

    The Cowboys, who have not lost in Manhattan since 2002, led briefly by six points in the first half after Wooldridge was charged with a technical.

    Boggan, the Cowboys' top scorer this season, picked up his fourth foul just 2½ minutes into the first half and wound up with 11 points. JamesOn Curry led the Cowboys with 12 points and Brown had 11.

    David Hoskins led Kansas State with 18 points.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 63 61
    FG Made-Attempted 20-45 (.444) 19-48 (.396)
    3P Made-Attempted 5-13 (.385) 4-10 (.400)
    FT Made-Attempted 18-25 (.720) 19-24 (.792)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (0/0) 17 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 7 9

    2005-06 Season

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