KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Rodney McGruder scored Kansas State's first nine points of the second half and led the 11th-ranked Wildcats past No. 14 Oklahoma State 68-57 Friday night in the Big 12 semifinals, setting up a title match on Saturday against rival Kansas.
McGruder, a career leader in 10 of 14 categories for the second-seeded Wildcats (27-6) scored 25 points as the Wildcats avenged a loss to Oklahoma State in the regular season finale that forced them to share the league title with the hated Jayhawks. The 6-4 McGruder had 24 points the night before against Texas.
Angel Rodriguez, Kansas State's 5-11 point guard, acquitted himself well against Marcus Smart, his bigger and more celebrated Oklahoma State counterpart. Rodriguez had 17 points, four assists and three steals. He had two 3-point buckets while the Cowboys (24-8) were threatening a second-half comeback.
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