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No. 23 Kansas St. runs past No. 7 Missouri, 75-59

Missouri guard Phil (Flip) Pressey (1) puts up a shot under pressure from Kansas State center Jordan Henriquez (21) during the first half Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, in Manhattan, Kan.

Missouri guard Phil (Flip) Pressey (1) puts up a shot under pressure from Kansas State center Jordan Henriquez (21) during the first half Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, in Manhattan, Kan.

January 7, 2012

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— Rodney McGruder scored 20 points to lead No. 23 Kansas State past No. 7 Missouri 75-59 Saturday.

Missouri (14-1, 1-1 Big 12) entered the day as one the nation's four remaining unbeaten teams but never threatened in the final 30 minutes. Marcus Denmon led the Tigers with 17 points while Michael Dixon added 16.

Will Spradling had 14 points for the Wildcats, (12-2, 1-1) who led by at least a dozen points the entire second half.

K-State held Missouri without a field goal for more than eight minutes in the first half, taking its lead from 16-10 to 38-19. The Wildcats led 44-25 at halftime, helped by the Tigers going 5 of 22 from the free throw line in the half.

The Tigers had a 7-0 run midway through the second half to make it 52-39 with 11:47 left.

But McGruder answered for K-State, hitting two free throws and converting a driving floater. After Henriquez coaxed in a left-handed hook, Spradling made a steal and hit McGruder for an alley-oop slam.

Just like that, the Wildcats led 60-39 with 8:51 remaining, and Missouri coach Frank Haith called timeout.

Both teams were emptying their benches with two minutes remaining.

Missouri entered the day leading the Big 12 in scoring by a wide margin, averaging 86.2 points. But the Tigers shot 32.7 percent from the floor and were 7 of 24 on 3-pointers.

Kansas State shot 49.1 percent from the floor and outrebounded Missouri 39-25.

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