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Brown with 25, Kansas State overwhelms Oklahoma State 82-72

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) Kansas State had a spike in offensive performance but ultimately, it was the Wildcats' defense that determined victory.

Bobby Brown scored 25 points and Xavier Sneed added 13 points and six rebounds to help lead Kansas State to a convincing 82-72 victory over Oklahoma State Wednesday night.

''I just wanted to take what they gave me, that was my approach,'' said Brown, who had a career-high 38 points in the last meeting between the two teams, an 86-82 K-State win on Jan. 10. ''When I was able to get all the way to the basket, I tried to do that. It just worked out, I just played my game.''

Dean Wade had 12 points, five rebounds and four assists while Kamau Stokes scored 11 for Kansas State (18-8, 7-6 Big 12). The Wildcats were 1-3 in their previous four contests.

K-State coach Bruce Weber was happy his team's bench was able to outscore Oklahoma State's by a 24-15 margin, despite being outrebounded 39-28 on the evening.

''Rebounding's not our strength, but we always make up for it by always taking care of the basketball and making the right plays,'' Weber said. ''I thought we were in attack mode, we took care of the ball, we made a lot of good plays, the right plays, and we were good defensively. A good road win against a team that's good.''

Kendall Smith contributed 16 points and a career-high seven rebounds for Oklahoma State (15-11, 5-8). It was Smith's seventh straight outing with 10-plus points. Jeffrey Carroll added 13 points and nine rebounds.

''Really poor performance, different ways in each half,'' said OSU coach Mike Boynton. ''We didn't run a very good offense, I think we settled for some contested jumpers over a hand, those just aren't good shots for us. Then in the second half, we ran better offense, got better looks, and our defense kind of wilted and gave in at key moments, even when we had chances to just make a run. K-State deserved to win. They executed better at both ends of the court.''

Kansas State led just 18-16 when Smith put home a layup with 6:12 left in the opening half, but the Wildcats jumped out to a 12-0 run over the next four-plus minutes to take control of the contest. They outscored the Cowboys 19-4 over the remainder of the half to take a commanding 37-20 advantage into the second.

Oklahoma State shot just 23.5 percent from the floor in the first half (8 of 34), its lowest output of the season, both in terms of percentage and points scored. The 17-point halftime deficit was the largest of the year.

Although they Cowboys shot better in the second, K-State was able to keep the pressure on and never allowed Oklahoma State to get any closer than 13 until the final minute.

BIG PICTURE

Kansas State: The Wildcats have had a number of offensively-challenged performances over their past few outings, but they appeared to have a powerful attack in this one. After five straight games of producing fewer than 70 points and topping 38 percent shooting just once, Kansas State shot 55 percent (28 of 51), including 56 percent in the first half (15 of 27). That shooting percentage marked their highest in the last six games (since shooting 57 percent in a 90-83 win over Baylor on Jan. 22).

Oklahoma State: The frustrating every-other-outing pattern continues. The Cowboys keep following strong, full-40-minute performances in which they've secured key victories over difficult opponents with sub-par outings that result in losses to slightly lesser foes. They've pulled out triumphs against then-No. 4 Oklahoma (83-81 in overtime on Jan. 20), then-No. 7 Kansas (84-79 on Feb. 3) and then-No. 19 West Virginia (88-85 last Saturday), but have followed each with losses to TCU, Baylor and now K-State. After the West Virginia win, it seemed like OSU might finally break the streak, but once again, the Cowboys fell behind by a large margin late in the first half. The inevitable second half comeback attempt also followed, but it was too little, too late as OSU couldn't get to closer than 14 until the final 3:18.

TIP INS

Kansas State is 0-6 combined against ranked Big 12 opponents, No. 7 Texas Tech, No. 13 Kansas and No. 20 West Virginia, and 7-0 against the rest of the league. . Oklahoma State had just two assists in the first half and seven overall for the game, tied for their lowest total of the season. . The Cowboys entered the day averaging 15.2 turnovers forced per game, but K-State committed just eight for the contest.

HE SAID IT

''Our bench was just huge,'' Weber said. ''That has definitely not been a strength for us. You got Kam (Stokes) coming off the bench for us and Levi (Stockard III, who had eight points and five rebounds in 23 minutes), that was by far his best game. Since early in the season, I don't think our bench has outscored the opponent's bench, so that was one of the keys to the game.''

UP NEXT

Kansas State: The Wildcats return home to take on Iowa State on Saturday, a team they defeated 91-75 back on Dec. 29.

Oklahoma State: The Cowboys go back out on the road for a matchup Saturday against TCU, whom they lost to 79-66 on Jan. 30

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
+ 2 Kendall Smith made layup 0.0
  Shot clock violation turnover on Kansas State 4.0
  Defensive rebound by Kamau Stokes 35.0
  Kendall Smith missed layup 37.0
+ 1 Barry Brown Jr. made 2nd of 2 free throws 42.0
  Barry Brown Jr. missed 1st of 2 free throws 42.0
  Personal foul on Kendall Smith 42.0
+ 1 Jeffrey Carroll made 2nd of 2 free throws 43.0
+ 1 Jeffrey Carroll made 1st of 2 free throws 43.0
  Shooting foul on Xavier Sneed 43.0
  Defensive rebound by Jeffrey Carroll 49.0
Team Stats
Points 82 72
Field Goals 28-51 (54.9%) 27-65 (41.5%)
3-Pointers 8-18 (44.4%) 6-20 (30.0%)
Free Throws 18-21 (85.7%) 12-17 (70.6%)
Total Rebounds 28 39
Offensive 2 15
Defensive 24 22
Team 2 2
Assists 15 7
Steals 5 2
Blocks 3 2
Turnovers 5 12
Fouls 14 20
Technicals 0 0
25 PTS, 3 REB, 3 AST
16 PTS, 7 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo Kansas State 18-8 374582
home team logo Oklahoma State 15-11 205272
Team Stats
away team logo Kansas State 18-8 71.1 PPG 33.2 RPG 13.8 APG
home team logo Oklahoma State 15-11 76.6 PPG 40.8 RPG 14.3 APG
Key Players
5
B. Brown Jr. G 15.9 PPG 3.1 RPG 3.2 APG 44.8 FG%
1
K. Smith G 13.1 PPG 3.1 RPG 2.9 APG 40.1 FG%
Top Scorers
B. Brown Jr. G 25 PTS 3 REB 3 AST
K. Smith G 16 PTS 7 REB 1 AST
54.9 FG% 41.5
44.4 3PT FG% 30.0
85.7 FT% 70.6
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
B. Brown Jr. 37 25 3 3 1 0 1 1 6/12 1/3 12/14 1 2
X. Sneed 33 13 6 1 1 0 0 4 5/8 1/4 2/2 0 6
D. Wade 38 12 5 4 1 0 0 3 5/12 2/5 0/0 0 5
C. Diarra 25 8 3 2 1 0 1 2 3/4 0/1 2/2 0 3
M. Mawien 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
B. Brown Jr. 37 25 3 3 1 0 1 1 6/12 1/3 12/14 1 2
X. Sneed 33 13 6 1 1 0 0 4 5/8 1/4 2/2 0 6
D. Wade 38 12 5 4 1 0 0 3 5/12 2/5 0/0 0 5
C. Diarra 25 8 3 2 1 0 1 2 3/4 0/1 2/2 0 3
M. Mawien 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
K. Stokes 25 11 3 3 1 0 0 1 4/7 3/4 0/1 0 3
L. Stockard III 23 8 5 1 0 0 1 0 3/4 0/0 2/2 0 5
A. Wainright 10 5 1 1 0 0 1 0 2/2 1/1 0/0 1 0
J. Love III 5 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0/2 0/0 0/0 0 0
M. Schoen - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Sallah - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. McAtee - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Kinnamon - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Patrick - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. McGuirl - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Shadd - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 82 26 15 5 3 5 14 28/51 8/18 18/21 2 24
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
K. Smith 27 16 7 1 0 0 1 4 8/18 0/1 0/3 4 3
J. Carroll 36 13 9 1 0 0 0 4 4/11 1/7 4/4 2 7
C. McGriff 29 13 7 1 1 1 5 2 3/6 1/2 6/6 3 4
M. Solomon 24 8 3 1 0 0 4 3 4/9 0/0 0/1 3 0
L. Waters III 23 7 3 1 0 0 0 1 2/5 1/3 2/3 0 3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
K. Smith 27 16 7 1 0 0 1 4 8/18 0/1 0/3 4 3
J. Carroll 36 13 9 1 0 0 0 4 4/11 1/7 4/4 2 7
C. McGriff 29 13 7 1 1 1 5 2 3/6 1/2 6/6 3 4
M. Solomon 24 8 3 1 0 0 4 3 4/9 0/0 0/1 3 0
L. Waters III 23 7 3 1 0 0 0 1 2/5 1/3 2/3 0 3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
T. Shine 26 8 3 1 1 0 1 3 3/8 2/3 0/0 1 2
T. Dziagwa 8 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1/4 1/4 0/0 1 0
Y. Sima 7 2 2 0 0 1 1 2 1/2 0/0 0/0 1 1
B. Averette 18 2 2 1 0 0 0 1 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 2
L. N'Guessan 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
T. Reeves - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 72 37 7 2 2 12 20 27/65 6/20 12/17 15 22