Marcus Foster’s back.
Kansas State’s star guard finish with just 14 points but made the two biggest shots of the game as the Wildcats went into Norman and knocked off No. 16 Oklahoma, 66-63. With just 4.1 seconds left in overtime, Foster drilled a game-winning, pull-up three over two defenders:
The only reason that Kansas State was in overtime was because Foster made a tough floater in traffic with five seconds left at the end of regulation to tie the game at 55.
The difference from last Saturday could not be more drastic. In a loss at Oklahoma State, Foster was relegated to the bench after poor play and a poorer attitude. He sulked his way through a 61-47 loss, playing just 14 scoreless minutes, but Bruce Weber made his point. As we wrote Thursday, Foster had two terrific days of practice and ended up scoring 23 points — while coming off the bench — in a 58-53 win at TCU on Wednesday night.
Making Saturday’s performance more impressive is the fact that Foster got himself into foul trouble early in the game, sitting out much of the first half and a significant part of the second half after picking up his third foul with 19 minutes left.
This win is huge for Kansas State’s NCAA tournament hopes. They were one of the nation’s most disappointing teams during non-conference play and, with losses to Long Beach State and Texas Southern, have a ton of ground to make up. A road win against a team as good as Oklahoma is a good way to start.