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Foster leads Wildcats to win over Kansas

By Danilynn Welniak, Eyewitness Sports, dwelniak@kwch.com
Published On: Feb 11 2014 03:55:07 AM CST
Updated On: Feb 11 2014 06:26:20 AM CST
Manhattan, Kan. -

At the end of overtime the buzzer sounded and Jayhawk Conner Frankamp's three pointer was good. It didn't matter. The sea of purple students engulfed the court in matter of seconds after the Wildcats took down the No. 7 Kansas Jayhawks in overtime 85-82.

"What a crowd," said KSU head coach Bruce Weber. "It was so much fun and the energy in the building...I just appreciate being at K-State."

This was the first win for Weber over Bill Self but he wasn't the only one relishing the victory.

"That moment was amazing," Freshman Marcus Foster said regarding the Wildcat fans storming the court. "Me, Wes, Nigel, Jevon, and Jack we were all just smiling from ear to ear. We just couldn't help ourselves you know. It was an amazing moment for us."

The Wildcats have only beaten the Jayhawks three times in Bramlage Coliseum and all three times a Wildcat standout carried the load. Michael Beasley posted 39 points in the 2008 win, Jacob Pullen put up 38 in the 2011 win over No. 1 ranked Kansas and now Marcus Foster with 20 points in 2014.

"He hit a lot of big shots," Weber said. "I think the biggest thing with him is that I like his patience. He's gotten better and better about being patient."

This story could have taken a different twist though. When Foster rolled his ankle with eight minutes left in regulation, the crowd went silent. He hobbled to the sideline and was immediately taken to the locker room. His determination and grit brought him back to the court three minutes later.

"I'm in the locker room thinking, 'I have to come out, I have to suck it up for my teammates and come out and give it 100 percent,'" Foster said. "Just give it my all."

He's just a freshman taking on the weight of the KSU basketball program but he's eager to fill the shoes of K-State's best.

"It's very exciting to know that they [KSU] haven't beat them [KU] that much," Foster said. "You know I've got three more years to be able to beat them and I'm excited to see what I have down the line."

Will Spradling also contributed in clutch situations scoring 15 points for the Wildcats and D.J. Johnson who had a pretty barren stat line came up big in the second half and overtime for the Cats with 9 points at crucial moments.

The K-State Wildcats are on a 13-game home winning streak but this win over KU is more than another "W" it's a stepping stone in the right direction. One step closer to achieving their goal of becoming Big 12 champions.

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