Brown's career-high 38 points boosts K-State to win at BramlageJanuary 12, 2018 10:16pm

Jan. 10--Barry Brown Jr.'s career-best performance Wednesday was days in the making.

Flying back from Lubbock, Texas, after a loss to Texas Tech on Saturday, Brown, a junior guard for Kansas State, told head coach Bruce Weber the team needed to practice Sunday.

Because of NCAA rules on time management, that wasn't permitted, as teams are forced to have a day off between practices and games when school isn't in session.

With the coaching staff unavailable, Brown gathered his teammates for an impromptu practice and film session Sunday morning -- 11:30 a.m., to be exact.

That extra time in the gym and film room paid off Wednesday, as Brown scored a career-high 38 points in K-State's 86-82 victory over Oklahoma State at Bramlage Coliseum.

"It's great for me, an individual accomplishment, but it's on to the next one now," said Brown, whose 38 points were the most by a Wildcat since Jacob Pullen had the same total against Kansas on Feb. 14, 2011. "We have got KU next, and that is all we are focused on."

As impressive as Brown was, his teammates couldn't help ribbing him afterward.

"He could have had 40 if he hit free throws," redshirt freshman guard Cartier Diarra said with a laugh.

"It was light," added forward Xavier Sneed. "That's all I have to say about it."

For the vast majority of Wednesday's game, the Wildcats (12-4, 2-2 Big 12) couldn't pull away. Despite leading for 35:24, K-State didn't extend its advantage to double-digits until 3:29 remained. Even then, Oklahoma State wouldn't go down without a fight.

Though the Wildcats eventually stretched their lead to as many as 12 points -- 74-62 with 3:02 to play -- the Cowboys rallied again, getting as close as four points with 14 seconds remaining.

Brown calmly stepped to the free throw line and sank both attempts to put the finishing touches on the most memorable outing of his K-State career.

Brown had scored eight of K-State's first 16 points in the first half. But as Brown began to cool off -- scoring just four more points in the final 10 minutes of the half -- so did K-State, which went into halftime trailing 34-33.

But the Wildcats rallied in the second half, outscoring the Cowboys 53-48 to prevent a third straight loss.

Few plays were more important than Brian Patrick's lone made field goal.

Coming out of a timeout with the game knotted at 58, Patrick pulled the trigger on a 3-pointer in the corner, knocking it down to edge K-State ahead -- and giving the hosts an advantage they wouldn't relinquish.

Three possessions later, Diarra nailed a 3-pointer of his own, upping the lead to 68-60 and effectively putting the contest out of the Cowboys' (11-5, 1-3) reach.

Despite Brown's scoring explosion, he didn't have to do it all by himself.

Diarra, making his first career start in place of the injured Kamau Stokes, was next in line, scoring 17 points to go along with four rebounds and four assists.

Sneed grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds and scored 11 points for the first double-double of his K-State career. Forward Dean Wade finished with 10 points, going 6-for-6 from the free throw line.

Oklahoma State was led by the guard duo of Brandon Averette and Jeffrey Carroll, who scored 15 apiece.

Losing by only four points wasn't good enough for first-year Oklahoma State head coach Mike Boynton.

Not by a long shot.

During his postgame press conference, he criticized his team at every turn, questioning its spirit and its drive to compete.

It's a problem he said he never dealt with during his playing days at South Carolina.

"When I showed up and the lights came on, I was ready to go," Boynton said. "I've never been around a team that's had that problem. So this is new to me."

OKLAHOMA STATE (82)

Name Min FG 3FG FT R F P

Carroll 36 7-12 1-4 5-5 6 2 20

Sima 9 0-2 0-0 0-0 4 3 0

Solomon 31 2-7 0-2 2-2 10 4 6

Smith 27 5-15 2-3 2-2 4 3 14

Waters 35 3-9 1-6 4-5 4 5 11

Averette 28 8-11 0-0 6-6 1 4 22

Dziagwa 15 1-4 1-3 2-2 1 2 5

McGriff 13 1-1 0-0 0-0 3 5 2

N'Guessan 6 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 1 2

Totals 200 28-62 5-18 21-22 37 29 82

KANSAS STATE (86)

Name Min FG 3FG FT R F P

Mawien 18 2-4 0-0 0-0 2 4 4

Sneed 33 2-7 0-3 7-8 12 2 11

Wade 37 2-5 0-1 6-6 4 2 10

Diarra 37 6-12 2-3 3-3 4 2 17

Brown 36 12-17 3-4 11-16 2 2 38

McGuirl 3 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 1 0

Sallah 4 1-2 0-0 1-2 1 0 3

Patrick 14 1-3 1-3 0-0 0 2 3

Love III 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 0

Wainwright 14 0-1 0-1 0-2 2 3 0

Stockard 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Totals 200 26-52 6-16 28-37 28 20 86

OSU (11-5, 1-3) 34 48 -- 82

KSU (12-4, 2-2) 33 53 -- 86

Turnovers -- OSU 11 (Three with 2). KSU 8 (Diarra 3). Assists -- OSU 12 (Averette 6), KSU 14 (Diarra 4). Blocks -- OSU 3 (Solomon 2), KSU 3 (Three with 1). Steals -- OSU 5 (Five with 1), KSU 8 (Brown 6).

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