(MANHATTAN, Kan.) — Despite blowing a late lead, the Kansas State Wildcats pulled off the upset over (7) Kansas 85-82 on Monday night. It was the first home win for K-State against their in-state rival since Feb. 14, 2011.
The Wildcats (17-7, 7-4 Big 12) led 68-59 with less than two minutes remaining in regulation before Kansas made their run. The Jayhawks (18-6, 9-2 Big 12) scored ten of the next 11 points, including a tip-in from Andrew Wiggins with seven seconds left to tie it, forcing an extra session. Kansas then proceeded to take their first lead since early in the second half on a Tarik Black layup.
Kansas State, who had lost 48 of the previous 51 meetings between the two schools, would not be deterred. Will Spralding buried a three pointer on the next trip to give the home team a 72-71 advantage, one they would not relinquish.
The Wildcats made five of six free throws in the final 36 seconds to hold off another rally and complete the upset. Spralding had 15 points, including two free throws to put the game out of reach, while Marcus Foster added a game high 20 points for Kansas State. The Jayhawks had four players score in double figures led by Perry Ellis’ 19 points and 11 rebounds.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN