MANHATTAN — Kansas State was the talk of college basketball Saturday.
The Wildcats defeated the Oklahoma Sooners 80-69 at Bramlage Coliseum, knocking off the nation’s top-ranked team with an effort full of moxie, timely shots and defense.
Wesley Iwundu led the way with 22 points and a sensational defensive performance against OU star Buddy Hield. The Sooners’ top scorer entered the game averaging 25.8 points, but Iwundu limited him to 23 on 16 attempts, forcing him into several bad shots.
Hield was held to six points in the first half, and deferred to his teammates for much of the second. It wasn’t until K-State possessed a sizeable late lead that Hield scored the majority of his points. It was too little, too late.
Dean Wade came off the bench to score 17 points, while D.J. Johnson added 12 and Justin Edwards had 11.
The victory represents a high-water mark for K-State’s season. It was the Wildcats’ first victory over a ranked team this season — they were 0-8 — and their first win against a No. 1 team since 2011 when it upset Kansas on this same court.
It also goes down as Bruce Weber’s biggest victory as K-State’s coach.
K-State (14-9, 3-7 Big 12) will try to carry momentum from this outing into its next game on Wednesday against No. 15 Baylor.
Oklahoma (19-3, 7-3) will try to move on after its third loss of the season.
K-State players wildly celebrated the result when the buzzer sounded. It originally appeared as though fans would rush the court in jubilation, but when arena security kept students in their seats, players came to them, starting a party in the Bramlage student section.
It was a scene all parties will remember, and an appropriate end to K-State’s best game of the season.