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9:00 ET, Feb 22, 2017
Fred Bramlage Coliseum, Manhattan, Kansas  Attendance: 11,160

Evans, Hammonds lead Oklahoma State over Wildcats

Oklahoma State guard Phil Forte III (13) looks for an out after falling to the floor under the basket during an NCAA college basketball game against Kansas State, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, in Manhattan, Kan. (Bo Rader/The Wichita Eagle via AP)

By ANDREW HAMMOND

Associated Press

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) Down 14 points and hopes fading, Oklahoma State head coach Brad Underwood had a simple message to his team: Get out of bed and start playing. The alarm was sounded and by the end of the game, the Cowboys could rest easy as they traveled back to Stillwater with a win.

Jawun Evans and Leyton Hammonds led Oklahoma State back from a 14-point first-half deficit to defeat Kansas State 80-68 on Wednesday night.

"We talked at halftime being down on the glass, which has not happened to us a lot." Underwood said. "Leyton Hammonds was terrific throughout the night on the glass."

With 6:07 left in the first half, Oklahoma State (19-9, 8-7 Big 12) used a 14-0 run over the next 3:08 to tie the game at 33. An Evans' 3-pointer as time expired at the half left the Cowboys with a one-point deficit.

Oklahoma State took the lead on a Hammonds layup with 16:03 left in the game. Hammonds finished with 18 points on 7-of-14 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds. Evans scored a game-high 21 points, making 11 of 12 free throws, and had nine assists. Brandon Averette added 13 points.

The Cowboys outscored the Wildcats 42-29 in the second half.

"It is a great accomplishment," Evans said. "My teammates and I fought hard. We started off slow but ended up picking it up at the end of the first half. It is a great feeling."

Wesley Iwundu led the Wildcats (17-11, 6-9) with 21 points, shooting 14 of 17 from the free-throw line, and collecting nine rebounds. Dean Wade scored 11 points.

ON A STREAK

The Cowboys have won four in a row. The win by the Cowboys snapped a five-game skid by the Cowboys in Bramlage Coliseum that dates back to 2010.

The Wildcats have lost four straight at home.

QUOTABLE

First-year Cowboys coach Brad Underwood, who played at Kansas State (1984-86) and also served on the Wildcats staff (2006-12), on his return to Manhattan:

"I probably had more problems with it the first game because it was playing K-State and I had not done that. I had been for K-State my whole life. That part was just a different feeling. Coming back in here was different. Walking through the tunnel for the shoot-around this morning and hanging a left instead of a right in terms of going to the visiting locker room. It was great seeing friends. There are a lot of people here that I have so much respect for and they are friends for life. I am appreciative of the relationships and people, that's what makes Kansas State and Oklahoma State very special."

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