For Kansas State, the worst thing about letting a 49-41 lead slip away and turn into a 76-62 loss to Oklahoma State on Saturday at Gallagher-Iba Arena is that it wasn’t all that surprising.
That may sound strange considering the Wildcats were firmly in control of the game with less than 10 minutes to play and looked uncompetitive by the end. It was a sudden, enormous turnaround that you don’t often see. But K-State has suffered through similar bad stretches all season.
Against Florida it allowed a 20-8 advantage turn into a 57-44 humiliation. At Washington State, it watched a 30-22 halftime lead turn into a 54-53 deficit before escaping late. At Loyola-Chicago, it went from cruising along at 50-36 to breathing heavy at 58-55. Even Alcorn State fought back from a 10-0 hole to make things interesting for a while at 33-24.
K-State coach Frank Martin refers to those moments as lapses. They haven’t always cost the Wildcats wins, but a lapse certainly did them in at Oklahoma State. Despite outplaying their opponent for nearly 31 minutes, they lost by double digits.