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Foster’s late 3 lifts Kansas St over No. 17 Oklahoma, 59-56

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Marcus Foster made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 3.4 seconds left and scored 14 points in his return from a three-game suspension to lead Kansas State past No. 17 Oklahoma 59-56 on Saturday night.

It was the second time this season that Foster hit a late 3 against the Sooners (17-8, 8-5 Big 12).

Buddy Hield had 14 points to pace Oklahoma but was held to his lowest point total since Jan. 5 against Baylor.

The Sooners matched their scoring low for the season set in a 69-56 loss to Wisconsin in the Bahamas.

Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger, a former Kansas State All-American, fell to 5-7 against his alma mater.

Kansas State (13-13, 6-7) established its late lead with only three field goals in the final 9 minutes. Free throw shooting was crucial as the Wildcats went 8 for 10 down the stretch and finished 28 of 36 for the game.

Following a dismal performance from the field in the first half, the Wildcats used a 13-2 run to push their lead to 42-37 with 12:02 left.

Kansas State’s offense opened up when Oklahoma’s top interior threat, Ryan Spangler, and reserve Khadeem Lattin left the game with four fouls each with more than 12 minutes remaining.

Spangler checked back in with 8:42 left and fouled out in less than 30 seconds. Thomas Gipson followed Spangler’s exit with two free throws, equaling Kansas State’s largest lead at 50-43.

Foster made his return just before the first media timeout and immediately hit a 3.

But it wasn’t all fun and games for the Wildcats. Oklahoma flexed its frontcourt muscles in the first half, scoring 14 points in the paint and grabbing eight offensive rebounds.

Kansas State shot just 23 percent from the field in the first half, but used the charity stripe (13 of 15) to close with a 28-27 deficit.

The Wildcats also held the Sooners to 1-of-11 shooting from 3-point range in the opening 20 minutes.

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TIP-INS

Oklahoma: Kruger’s team is holding opponents to 37.5 percent shooting this season. The last time the Sooners limited foes to less than 40 percent shooting in a full season was 1959-60.

Kansas State: The Wildcats’ five-game losing streak was their longest since dropping six in a row in February 2005. The team was below .500 for the first time since Jan. 28, 2004.

UP NEXT

Oklahoma hosts Texas on Tuesday.

Kansas State plays at TCU on Wednesday.

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