So far this season Oklahoma's defense has carried the Sooners to their first 14 wins, but Saturday it was the offense that helped the sixth-ranked Sooners get their 15th win and end the Wildcats' nine game home winning streak.
Ebi Ere scored 25 points, including three clutch free throws in the final minute of overtime, to help Oklahoma escape an overtime, 91-89, over Kansas State.
The Sooners, who led by as many as seven points in the first half and six in the second half, couldn't shake the Wildcats in a game that had over 20 lead changes and 10 ties.
Kansas State erased a five point Sooner lead with 1:36 seconds to go in regulation and forced the game into overtime when junior guard Tim Ellis hit a hit a 3-pointer that tied the game with one-tenths of a seconds left.
Oklahoma took a quick two point lead in overtime but the Wildcats roared back to take an 86-84 lead.
With reserve Jabahri Brown and starters Johnnie Gilbert and Hollis Price fouled out, it was up to Ere and senior point guard Quannas White to take over from the foul line, and they did by hitting five key free throws down the stretch.
White's two free throws with 1:37 to play in overtime helped the Sooners regain the lead at 88-87. Ere would go on to make three free throws in the final minute to push the lead to 91-87 with 11.3 seconds to play, but Kansas State would still get one more shot to tie the game.
KSU point guard Frank Richards quickly took the ball out of bounds and went the length of the court and was fouled while hitting a driving layup by Joszef Szendrei with with 4.9 seconds left to cut OU's lead to 91-89. Richards intentionally missed the free throw and it fell into the hands Jarrett Hart, whose missed the layup that would have tied the game went out of bounds to Oklahoma.
Hart, a former Sooner who came to Oklahoma in the same recruiting class as Hollis Price, scored 18 points while senior forward Mat Siebrandt led the ‘Cats with 23.
Hollis Price continued on his torrid Big 12 scoring streak with 22 points while White and Kevin Bookout chipped in 19 and 16 respectively.
With the win Oklahoma improves to 15-3 overall and 6-1 in Big 12 play. Kansas State drops to 2-4 in conference play and 11-8 overall.
The Sooners now get a week off before returning home next Saturday to host Baylor. Tip-off for next Saturday is set for 3PM.
Gilbert 0-2 0-2 0, Bookout 7-10 2-2 16, Ere 6-12 11-15 25, White 6-9 4-4 19, Price 8-15 3-3 22, Johnston 0-1 0-0 0, Alexander 0-2 0-0 0, Brown 2-4 1-4 5, Szebdrei 2-2 0-2 4. Totals 31-57 21-32 91.
KANSAS STATE (11-8)
DeJesus 2-7 0-0 6, Siebrandt 9-13 5-7 23, Pasco 0-4 11-13 11, Ellis 5-10 0-0 11, Richards 5-10 2-6 12, Buchanan 0-1 0-0 0, Hayden 2-3 4-4 8, Hart 7-11 3-4 18, Canby 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 30-59 25-34 89.
Halftime-Oklahoma 42-38. End Regulation-82-82. 3-Point goals-Oklahoma 8-16 (White 3-4, Price 3-7, Ere 2-4, Alexander 0-1), Kansas State 4-10 (DeJesus 2-4, Hart 1-2, Ellis 1-4) Fouled out-Gilbert, Price, Brown, DeJesus, Siebrandt. Rebounds-Oklahoma 34 (Ere 8), Kansas State 28 (Pasco 9). Assists-Oklahoma 14 (White 4), Kansas State 16 (Richards 6). Total fouls-Oklahoma 28, Kansas State 25. A-10,814.
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