Defense Lifts K-State to 61-53 Win Over Oklahoma

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Courtesy of K-State Sports

K-State used a strong defensive performance to secure a 61-53 victory over Oklahoma on Wednesday evening.

The Cats (9-11, 2-5 Big 12) limited Oklahoma (13-7, 3-4 Big 12) to 35.3 percent shooting on the night, and the Sooners finished with 19 turnovers. K-State took advantage of the OU mistakes and scored 18 points off turnovers.

K-State held Oklahoma without a field goal for nearly nine minutes to open the game. The hosts led by as many as 13 in the opening half and took a 28-22 advantage to halftime. The Sooners stayed in the game by going 9-for-10 at the charity stripe in the opening 20 minutes.

The Cats continued to take care of business defensively in the second half, and a three pointer by Mike McGuirl gave K-State a 40-25 advantage with 12 minutes remaining in the contest. K-State stayed in control and pushed the lead to 16 with six minutes remaining. Oklahoma got as close as six in the closing minute, but the Cats wrapped up the victory at the foul line.

McGuirl scored a game-high 16 points to lead K-State. Xavier Sneed (12) and Cartier Diarra (10) also reached double figures, while Makol Mawien and Montavious Murphy grabbed 10 and nine rebounds, respectively, in the win.

Alondes Williams scored 15 for Oklahoma. Austin Reaves added 12 for the Sooners.

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.