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Brown scores 24 points when K-State decisively defeats No. 4 Oklahoma



MANHATTAN, Kan. – Barry Brown scored 24 points, Dean Wade added 21 and Kansas State frustrated Oklahoma star Trae Young throughout the game by giving the Sooners team 87-69 surprise on Tuesday night.

Cartier Diarra added 16 points and Xavier Sneed had 13 for the brave defensive-minded Wildcats (13-5, 3-3 Big 12), who recovered from a last-second disappointment against bitter rival Kansas with his sixth consecutive game beat the Sooners at Bramlage Coliseum.

Young remained at 20 points in 8 of 21 shots, his lowest since he scored 15 in his college debut. He was also 2 of 10 from the 3-point line and committed 12 turnovers against six assists.

Rashard Odomes had 16 points and Brady Manek had 12 for the Sooners (14-3, 4-2), but was abused by Wade at the defensive end while his team tried to pull out of a big hole in the second half.

It was the Wildcats' first win against a team rated four times this season and their first win over a team of the first 5 since they defeated the then-No. 1 Sooners two years ago.

The domain was so complete that coach Bruce Weber replaced his starters at the last minute, which allowed an appreciative audience to give them a standing ovation.

Young was supposed to be the main attraction, but it was Brown, whose flub on the last play against the Jayhawks cost them the chance to win the game, who dominated at both ends in the first half.

On offense, the minor guard was able to sneak out of the double-team at the top of the key and get up for the mid-range jumpers, most of whom splashed without hitting the rim. He had 8 of 13 from the field and accumulated 16 points when the Wildcats took a 38-33 lead in the locker room.

In defense, Brown harassed Young in a miserable statistical line: the nation's top scorer was 3 of 10 from the field, 2 of 7 from the 3-point range and had committed eight turnovers against four assists.

It was not only Brown in defense, however. The Wildcats took the pass lines aggressively, which served to complicate the Oklahoma offense and forced Young and his teammates to make difficult shots.

Young managed to catch the Sooners within 52-47 with a burst early in the second half, but Kansas State responded with another run. Wade made things work with consecutive baskets, Brown added another ingenious jumper of tears, and Sneed's jam from an alley pass made it 62-50 with 10 minutes to go.

Oklahoma kept trying to recover. Kansas State continued to respond, at one point making eight of nine field goals to maintain a 74-58 lead with just over 5 minutes to play.

The Sooners never made a dent in that deficit the rest of the way.

GREAT IMAGE

Oklahoma was averaging 93.6 points, the best in the country, but remained at 42 percent of the field and converted the ball more than 20 times against the Wildcats. Those numbers condemned the Sooners to another tough night at the Bramlage Coliseum, where coach Lon Kruger's shirt hangs on the rafters.

Kansas State may have shrunk after its 73-72 loss to the Jayhawks last weekend, but it was up to the task. And the Wildcats did it without Kamau Stokes, one of his best players, who stays out with a foot injury.

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