STILLWATER, Okla. — Oklahoma State let a 20-point advantage slip away in the second half against Kansas State, but was able to recover and hold on for a 67-60 win Saturday afternoon inside Gallagher-Iba Arena. The No. 23-ranked Cowboys got another strong performance from star freshman Cade Cunningham, who finished with a team-high 15 points, scoring all but three in the second half.
The Wildcats used a 16-0 run in the early minutes of the second half to cut the deficit to just four points. In desperate need of a spark, Cunningham ended the nearly five-minute long scoring drought for Oklahoma State with a corner 3-pointer. That ensued a 10-2 run for the Pokes, which stretched their lead back to double-figures. Kansas State trailed by at least seven points the rest of the way.
Cunningham added four rebounds and five assists to his stat line, shooting 5-for-13 from the field. Freshman guard Rondel Walker, who made his first-career start in place of an injured Isaac Likekele, finished with 10 points, six rebounds and three steals. Transfer guard Bryce Williams also scored 10 points. Kalib Boone led Oklahoma State in rebounds with nine.
Neither team shot particularly well Saturday as the Cowboys made just 41% of their field goal attempts, while Kansas State shot just 39% overall.
The Wildcats were led by sophomore forward Antonio Gordon, who scored a team-high 15 points, while grabbing a game-high 14 rebounds to post a double-double. Nijel Pack added 14 points, while Davion Bradford scored 10.
Oklahoma State improved to 13-6 overall and 6-6 in Big 12 play. The Cowboys have won four of their last six. Kansas State lost its 12th-consecutive game and is now 5-17 overall and 1-12 in conference play this season.
Oklahoma State returns to action Tuesday afternoon against Iowa State inside Gallagher-Iba Arena. The tipoff time was moved up to 3 p.m. CT due to a threat of inclement weather. The game will air on Big 12 Now on ESPN+.
Below is a quick recap of Oklahoma State’s win against Kansas State.
Oklahoma State 5, Kansas State 4 (15:45): The Wildcats got on the board first as Mike McGuirl knocked down a pair of free throws. Making his first career start, Cowboy freshman guard Rondel Walker scored the first five points for the Pokes with a corner 3-pointer and two free throws. Kansas State double-teamed Kalib Boone each time he touched the ball early, forcing a turnover and a rushed shot.
Oklahoma State 12, Kansas State 8 (11:10): With Cade Cunningham on the bench, the Cowboys were able to extend their advantage to four at the under-12 media timeout. Cunningham had not attempted a field goal at the break. Oklahoma State was shooting just 33% from the field, while Kansas State was making just 21% of its shot attempts early.
Oklahoma State 22, Kansas State 14 (7:00):Avery Anderson III converted on a pair of free throws out of the break before the Cowboys' full-court press nearly forced another Kansas State turnover. Oklahoma State went more than four minutes without a made field before Bryce Williams scored eight straight points, including two wide-open 3-pointers. The Wildcats called a timeout after Williams third bucket.
Oklahoma State 27, Kansas State 16 (3:54): Cunningham attempted his first field goal attempt at the 6:27 mark in the first half before finally scoring his first points on an alley-oop dunk — plus the foul. Oklahoma State took its largest lead of the half just before the under-4 media timeout.
Matthew-Alexander Moncrieffe scored back-to-back buckets for Oklahoma State to stretch the lead to 13. The Wildcats ended a run of more than three minutes without a point, but still did not have a made field goal in nearly five minutes. Ferron Flavors increased the Pokes' lead to 15 with his second 3-pointer of the half. At the break, Williams led all scorers with 10 points, while Flavors added six on two 3's for Oklahoma State. Antonio Gordon had a team-high six points for Kansas State. The Cowboys made 38% of their shots in the first half, while the Wildcats connected on just 25% of theirs and were 0-for-8 from 3-point range.
Oklahoma State 41, Kansas State 32 (15:48): Cunningham opened the second-half scoring for the Cowboys with a 3-pointer, which was later followed up by another from Walker. The Wildcats went on a quick 11-0 run to cut the deficit to just nine points, forcing Oklahoma State to call a timeout. The Pokes had not scored in 2:51.
Oklahoma State 53, Kansas State 43 (10:26): The Wildcats extended their run with a 3-pointer out of the break, followed by a dunk before the Cowboys finally scored with a 3-pointer from Cunningham. Kansas State cut the deficit down to just four, but Oklahoma State quickly responded with a 10-2 run to bring it back to double-figures.
Oklahoma State 65, Kansas State 55 (3:31): Cunningham reached double-digits in scoring with an and-1 opportunity before knowing down the free throw. Davion Bradford ended a two-minute scoring drought for the Wildcats with a dunk. Walker also moved into double-figures with a bucket just before the under-8 media timeout. Kansas State pulled back within single-digits when Nijel Pack hit a 3-pointer and was fouled, making the free throw for the 4-point play. Cunningham answered on the ensuing offensive possession with a 3-pointer of his own.
HOW TO WATCH
Who: Kansas State (5-16, 1-11) vs. No. 23 Oklahoma State (12-6, 5-6 Big 12)
Date: Feb. 13
Tipoff: 11 a.m. CT
Site: Gallagher-Iba Arena (13,611)
TV Crew: Chuckie Kempf, Robbie Hummel
Oklahoma State Radio: Cowboy Radio Network (Dave Hunziker, John Holcomb)
Satellite Radio: XM 386 (OSU call)
Stream Online: CLICK HERE
Odds: Oklahoma State is a 13.5-point favorite against Kansas State, per Williams Hill. The O/U is 138. The Cowboys are 9-8-1 ATS this season, while the Wildcats are 6-14-0.
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Series History: Kansas State leads the all-time series against Oklahoma State 83-56, but the Cowboys are going for their second consecutive regular season sweep over the Wildcats. The Pokes also hold a 34-27 advantage in Stillwater. Oklahoma State defeated a short-handed Kansas State 70-54 on Jan. 9 in Manhattan earlier this season.