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Kansas St. 76, Missouri 60

March 1, 1997

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) _ Aaron Swartzendruber and Paco May combined for five free throws after Jason Sutherland picked up three fouls in 21 seconds Saturday, lifting Kansas State, the Big 12′s last-place team, to a 76-60 victory over Missouri in the regular season finale.

Sutherland was whistled for a foul on Swartzendruber as the two battled for a rebound with 2:22 left and Kansas State leading a see-saw battle 60-53.

Sutherland was then called for a technical after saying something to the officials. Swartzendruber made all four free throws for a 64-53 lead. At the 2:01 mark, Sutherland was called for his fifth foul while guarding Paco May, and the Wildcats (10-16 overall, 3-13 Big 12) took a commanding 65-53 lead.

Missouri (13-16, 5-11), ended the regular season 0-9 on the road.

Swartzendruber had 18 points for Kansas State, and missed only one of 14 free throws. Manny Dies had 13.

The Wildcats matched their biggest lead of the day when Marcus McCullough hit a pair of free throws to make it 53-45 with 5:20 left.

But a moment later Kelly Thames, who had 19 points and 11 rebounds, hit two free throws and brought the Tigers to within three at 53-50.

Swartzendruber responded with a long 3-pointer to give the Wildcats a 56-50 lead.

Thames’ short hook shot trimmed the lead to 56-52, then Swartzendruber made both ends of a one-and-one and the Wildcats again led by six.

The Tigers won one road game when they beat Tennessee-Chattanooga in the San Juan Shootout in November. But they did not win on an opponent’s home court.

Kansas State’s Gerald Eaker tied the school career record with his 101st blocked shot.

Missouri, which beat Kansas State 85-63 on Feb. 1 at home, held its last lead at 14-13 when Thames put in a 12-footer with 10:55 remaining in the first half.

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