MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State’s Marcus Foster was battered and bruised, just like most players on the court, and was having a hard time limping around during breaks in the play.
When the final buzzer sounded, he had no problem jumping in celebration.
Foster scored a game-high 20 points, two coming on free throws in the closing seconds of overtime, and helped the Wildcats hold off No. 7 Kansas 85-82 on Monday night.
“Marcus is Marcus,” Kansas State coach Bruce Weber said of the freshman. “He hit a lot of big shots.”
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Will Spradling added 15 points for the Wildcats (17-7 overall, 7-4 Big 12 Conference), who blew a nine-point lead with less than two minutes left in regulation, only to survive for their third victory over the Jayhawks (18-6, 9-2) in 26 games played at Bramlage Coliseum.
Hundreds of students flooded the court when the final buzzer sounded to celebrate the end of a six-game skid against Kansas.
The Wildcats, who had lost 48 of the previous 51 in the series, hadn’t beaten their rivals at their on-campus octagon since Feb. 14, 2011.
“We just went out there and played hard,” said Foster, who turned his right ankle and showed up to the postgame news conference in a walking boot. “We knew if we played hard, the rest would take care of itself.”
Highly touted freshman Andrew Wiggins scored 16 points for the Jayhawks, including a putback of his own miss with 6.9 seconds left to force overtime.
“I thought momentum was on our side,” Jayhawks coach Bill Self said.
Foster’s two free throws with 21.9 seconds left gave Kansas State an 83-79 lead before Wiggins missed a three-point attempt.
“If we lost,” Weber said, “it would have been a heartbreaker.”
No. 3 Duke women lose
DURHAM, N.C. – Freshman Diamond DeShields scored a season-high 30 points and No. 17 North Carolina upset the third-ranked Duke women 89-78.
Fellow freshman Allisha Gray added 24 points for the Tar Heels (18-6, 6-4 Atlantic Coast).
Elizabeth Williams had a career-high 28 points for Duke (22-3, 9-2).
• Joe Harris, who is from Chelan, scored a game-high 19 points as the 17th-ranked Virginia men beat visiting Maryland 61-53.
• DePaul forward Cleveland Melvin is no longer enrolled in school. Melvin, suspended last month for violating team rules, averaged 16.7 points this season.
• The Gonzaga men, who lost 60-54 at Memphis on Saturday night, dropped out of the AP media poll. They were ranked 23rd last week. Gonzaga (21-4) is 24th in the USA Today coaches poll, down from 20th the previous week.
• The Gonzaga women (22-3) remained in 20th in the AP poll.