Wildcats Edge Cowboys, Clark Doesn’t Play

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Oklahoma State’s 6th-ranked men’s basketball team lost their Big 12 opener at Kansas State on Saturday, as the Wildcats beat OSU 74-71 at Bramlage Coliseum.

Freshman guard Stevie Clark did not play for OSU after being arrested for marijuana possession on Wednesday; Clark was in Manhattan, but not in uniform.

The game featured 10 ties and 15 lead changes, with five points the biggest lead for either team.

K-State took the lead for good with a 10-2 run late in the second half, with Thomas Gipson scoring a pair of baskets to give the Wildcats the advantage.

Gipson had 10 points and 11 rebounds.

OSU missed three 3-pointers in the final minute that could have tied the game, two by Marcus Smart and one by Le’Bryan Nash.

Smart’s final missed three-pointer came at the buzzer as KSU survived to win by three.

Smart was involved in one of the key plays of the game earlier in the second half.

He dunked on a fast break and hung on rim, slapping the backboard with his left hand.

Smart was given a technical, which was his fourth personal foul, and he went to the OSU bench with 13:08 to play.

Smart stayed there for eight minutes as K-State hung around and eventually took the lead.

Smart finished with 15 points and 6 rebounds.

OSU was led by Nash’s 20 points and 6 rebounds.

Markel Brown added 16 points and 9 rebounds, while Phil Forte scored 14 points off the bench.

The Cowboys made just 3 of 14 from three-point range.

OSU also missed injured forward Michael Cobbins, who is out for the season a torn achilles tendon.

The Wildcats took advantage of his absence in the paint, outscoring OSU 28-24 in the lane.

OSU drops to 12-2 on the season, while K-State improves to 11-3.

The Cowboys host Texas on Wednesday night at 8:00 pm.

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