Cunningham’s 15 lead No. 23 Oklahoma St. past Kansas St.

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Oklahoma State guard Cade Cunningham (2) dunks in front of Kansas State guard Rudi Williams (5) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021, in Stillwater, Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Cade Cunningham scored 15 points to help No. 23 Oklahoma State defeat Kansas State 67-60 on Saturday.

Rondel Walker scored 10 points in his first start of the season and Bryce Williams added 10 for the Cowboys (13-6, 6-6 Big 12).

Antonio Gordon scored 15 points and Nijel Pack added 14 for Kansas State (5-17, 1-12), which lost its 12th in a row. The Wildcats haven’t won since Dec. 29.

Cunningham rewarded fans who braved temperatures that hovered around 10 degrees Fahrenheit (minus-12 Celsius). From halfcourt, he hit a streaking Williams with a perfect bounce pass between two Kansas State defenders. Williams finished with a layup to give the Cowboys a 19-12 lead.

Minutes later, Oklahoma State got loose on a fast break, and Walker lobbed to Cunningham, whose one-handed throwdown over Kansas State’s Rudi Williams gave Oklahoma State a 24-14 edge.

Those plays sparked the Cowboys and helped them take a 35-19 lead at the break. Oklahoma State held Kansas State to 25% shooting in the first half.

Kansas State made a push early in the second half. A 3-pointer by Pack cut Oklahoma State’s lead to 41-35, and a dunk by Kaosi Ezeagu made it a four-point game.

Cunningham answered with a 3-pointer to spark a 7-2 run that put the Cowboys back in control.

BIG PICTURE

Kansas State: The Wildcats lost 80-77 to No. 13 Texas on Tuesday and outscored Oklahoma State 41-32 in the second half on Saturday. They are showing signs of improvement.

Oklahoma State: The Cowboys were dominant defensively in the first half, but they allowed the Wildcats to shoot 55% after the break. Oklahoma State will need to close better to make noise in March.

UP NEXT

Kansas State hosts Kansas on Wednesday.

Oklahoma State hosts Iowa State on Tuesday.

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