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McGuirl’s big second half lifts Kansas State past Oklahoma

NCAA Basketball: Kansas State at Texas Christian

Feb 20, 2021; Fort Worth, Texas, USA; Kansas State Wildcats guard Nijel Pack (24) shoots over TCU Horned Frogs guard Mike Miles (1) during the first half at Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raymond Carlin III-USA TODAY Sports

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MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Mike McGuirl scored 19 points, hitting three straight 3’s in the final minutes, and Kansas State took down No. 7 Oklahoma 62-57 on Tuesday night.

The Sooners led by six with three minutes to play, before McGuirl took over. Those 3’s gave Kansas State a 3-point lead. Austin Reaves missed a 3 in the final seconds as the Wildcats (7-18, 3-13 Big 12) won their second straight and first at home in Big 12 play this season.

“I like to let it fly and I thought I was shooting well so I trusted myself,” McGuirl said. “The shots were able to fall and I just believed.”

Davion Bradford scored 13 points and DaJuan Gordon had 11 which helped Kansas State beat a top 10 opponent at home for the first time in three years - beating then No. 4 Oklahoma.

“I told our guys we want to be the top story on SportsCenter tonight,” Kansas State coach Bruce Weber said. “If Mike is not, he’s got to be up there.”

The loss is the ninth straight in Manhattan for Oklahoma dating back to 2013, but just their first loss to a team with a losing record this season.

“This group has done a great job of taking care of business, but unfortunately it may take this loss to make us better,” Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said. “This conference is tough because if you don’t come to play every night, you’ll lose.”

Reaves scored 18 of his 25 points in the second half. De’Vion Harmon had 13 and Umoja Gibson had seven points and 11 rebounds (14-6, 9-5).

Late in the second half Reaves scored 10 straight points, but was the only Sooner to make a field goal in the final 10 minutes of the game. He sat the majority of the first half with two fouls - one was a technical.

Both teams shot 39% while Kansas State went 7 of 27 from 3 and the Sooners were 4 of 20.


Oklahoma: Other than Reaves, the Sooners went cold in the second half. This could be a major blow to postseason seedings.

Kansas State: This was the win that had been close for the Wildcats in the past two weeks. They are now 1-10 against top 25 teams this season.


Oklahoma hosts Oklahoma State on Saturday.

Kansas State travels to West Virginia on Saturday.