Missouri vs Kansas State

No. 23 Kansas St. throttles No. 7 Mizzou


MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Kansas State's Will Spradling knew that undefeated Missouri was going to have its hands full with the Wildcats.

Rodney McGruder scored 20 points to lead No. 23 Kansas State past No. 7 Missouri 75-59 Saturday, and the Wildcats shut down the Tigers' high-scoring offense.

"I felt like Missouri hadn't seen a team like us," Spradling said, "a team that can really get up and pressure you on defense."

Missouri (14-1, 1-1 Big 12) entered the day as one the nation's four remaining unbeaten teams but never threatened in the final 30 minutes. Marcus Denmon led the Tigers with 17 points while Michael Dixon added 16.

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Missouri entered the day leading the Big 12 in scoring by a wide margin, averaging 86.2 points.

"We weren't able to make our cuts freely," Denmon said, "so we couldn't get guys open."

Spradling had 14 points for the Wildcats, (12-2, 1-1) who led by at least a dozen points the entire second half.

"Missouri really likes to move the ball, but when we got in their passing lanes, they settled for pick and roll," Spradling said. "And then we had (Henriquez) back there guarding the rim."

And the Tigers' hopes of making a comeback took a hit when Ricardo Ratliffe, the lone big man in the starting lineup, was called for a technical in the opening minutes of the second half. Ratliffe played just 14 minutes due to foul trouble.

"We don't have a lot of physicality in the post already," Haith said. "We need Ricardo's energy."

K-State held Missouri without a field goal for more than eight minutes in the first half, taking its lead from 16-10 to 38-19. The Wildcats led 44-25 at halftime, helped by the Tigers going 5 of 22 from the free throw line in the half.

The Tigers had a 7-0 run midway through the second half to make it 52-39 with 11:47 left.

But McGruder answered for K-State, hitting two free throws and converting a driving floater. After Henriquez coaxed in a left-handed hook, Spradling made a steal and hit McGruder for an alley-oop slam.

"I needed to have a different mindset in this game," McGruder said, "not settle for 3-pointers."

Just like that, the Wildcats led 60-39 with 8:51 remaining, and Missouri coach Frank Haith called timeout.

Both teams were emptying their benches with two minutes remaining, and Martin - who can go beyond gruff - was thrilled. Afterward, he kept referencing K-State's 18-point loss Wednesday at Kansas.

"After you get embarrassed, your team can go one of two ways," he said. "You can come apart at the seams or the seams get tighter. I was proud of these guys tonight."

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Rodney McGruder goes in to dunk two of his 20 points in the Wildcats' 75-59 win over No. 7 Missouri. (AP)
Rodney McGruder goes in to dunk two of his 20 points in the Wildcats' 75-59 win over No. 7 Missouri. (AP)
Missouri #7 (14-1)253459
Kansas State #23 (12-2) «443175
MO:M. Denmon 17 Pts
MO:M. Denmon 6 Reb
MO:M. Denmon 3 Ast
KSST:R. McGruder 20 Pts
KSST:J. Henriquez 8 Reb
KSST:S. Southwell 6 Ast

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MissouriKansas State
Marcus Denmon
Rodney McGruder
Missouri Tigers
M. Denmon, G375-144-463117
K. English, G352-53-41028
P. Pressey, G330-63-45353
M. Pressey, G254-101-131111
R. Ratliffe, F141-10-01042
M. Dixon, G294-117-812316
S. Moore, C250-22-45152
A. Jones, F20-00-00010
L. Bowers, FDid Not Play
J. Sutton, GDid Not Play
K. Green, FDid Not Play
A. Rosburg, FDid Not Play
Totals 16-4920-2522102259
Kansas State Wildcats
W. Spradling, G314-83-432314
M. Irving, G253-60-04337
R. McGruder, G259-172-241320
J. Samuels, F242-43-32157
T. Gipson, F124-51-25129
J. Henriquez, C264-92-380210
S. Southwell, G252-40-05614
A. Rodriguez, G190-33-52423
V. Ojeleye, F40-00-00000
N. Williams, F40-10-02000
J. Jones, G30-00-00000
A. Diaz, F20-01-21011
J. Watson, FDid Not Play
O. Lawrence, G-FDid Not Play
S. Meyer, GDid Not Play
B. Rohleder, GDid Not Play
Totals 28-5715-2136182275
Big 12
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
W. Virginia0-09-113
Texas Tech0-07-129
Kansas St.0-08-2155
Iowa St.0-07-227
Oklahoma St.0-07-2173
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Florida 56 Final
Tenn 67
GTOWN 62 Final
W Virg 74
DUKE 81 Final
GT 74
Baylor 73 Final
DART 47 Final
Kansas 72 Final
Oklahoma 61
BC 60 Final
NC 83
Ohio St 76 Final
Iowa 47
MU 66 Final
Syracuse 73
SC 64 Final
Kentucky 79
ND 67 Final
Louisville 65
Miami-FL 51 Final
Virginia 52
UConn 60 Final
RUT 67
SACL 60 Final
MRST 87 Final
Aus Peay 75
Miss St 88 Final
Arkansas 98