January 12, 2008

Wildcats escape OU with dramatic win

NORMAN, Okla. -- With the Kansas State Wildcats tied in the final seconds of their game with the Oklahoma Sooners at the Lloyd Noble Arena on Saturday, Coach Frank Martin turned to a trio of freshmen to make the winning play and Michael Beasley provided an 84-82 victory. Well, of course he did.

Beasley scored 32 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, but it was his final two points that spoke the loudest in the Big 12 opener for the Wildcats.

After OU's own super freshman Blake Griffin stole a Clent Stewart pass and dunked the Sooners into a tie with 24 seconds remaining, Martin called a pair of timeouts and designed a play that loaded one side of the floor with Beasley down low, forward Bill Walker on the wing and point guard Jacob Pullen handling the ball.

The play didn't work exactly as planned, but the three freshman patiently ran through their options until the winning points were recorder.

"It didn't happen exactly like it was supposed to, but Jacob Pullen was able to play like a point guard and make a play and it worked out for the best," Beasley said. "Jacob's ability to pull my man toward him was just gorgeous. It was the perfect play.

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