KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Bruce Weber has seen this movie before and it doesn't get any less painful.

Once again, his Kansas State Wildcats stumbled down the stretch, resulting in another loss. This time it was Saint Louis that got the better of them, 66-63, Saturday night in what was billed as the Wildcat Classic at Sprint Center.

"It's Christmas, but it's 'Groundhog Day,' " Weber said, referring to the 1990s comedy. "Bill Murray movie, I loved it. Every time he'd replay the day he got to change something to help for the next thing.

"Problem is, in these games we can't rewind them; we get losses. But you hope you learn from it and make improvement and sooner or later we will find a way."

Despite 13 second-half turnovers, including three in the final two minutes, the Wildcats had a chance to force overtime until Xavier Sneed 3-point attempt rimmed out with two seconds to go.

"We should have been more poised," said backup point guard David Sloan, whose two late turnovers took away from an otherwise solid performance that included seven points and eight assists. "The pass Mike (McGuirl) gave to me, I was casual and I lost it.

"We just can't be casual at the end of games."

It was the fifth loss in seven games for K-State, which fell to 6-5. Saint Louis improved to 10-2.

"We have to stick together and do the little things, the dirty work," Weber said. "There were a couple of loose balls that we dive on it and it makes a difference in the game.

"Staying together, helping each other, talking, all that stuff's important."

It was the same basic message he delivered earlier in the week by quoting none other than Oprah Winfrey.

"They'd probably listen to her more than they would me," he said. "Her quote was that, 'I don't want people that want to go on the limo with me, I want people that want to go on the bus with me when the limo breaks down.'

"And right now, our limo has got a flat tire, and now we've got to get on the bus."

The Wildcats will adjourn for Christmas before returning to play host to Tulsa next Sunday at Bramlage Coliseum.

As was the case with losses the previous two Saturdays to Marquette and Mississippi State, the Wildcats had plenty of opportunities against Saint Louis, but were unable to close.

Levi Stockard, who had a career-high 17 points — his previous high was eight — tied the game at 63 on two free throws with 2:10 remaining. But Saint Louis freshman Yuri Collins answered with a drive to the basket at the 1:59 mark that proved to be the game winner.

K-State turned it over the next two times, and after Collins hit a foul shot at 52.9 seconds left, the Wildcats coughed it up again. Still they came up with a defensive stop, advanced the ball across half court and called timeout with 5.8 seconds to go.

"Xavier got a good look," Weber said of Sneed's shot from the top of the 3-point arc that bounced high off the rim but did not fall through. "At the end of the game you can't ask for something better than that."

The Wildcats battled back from an early 11-point deficit to tie the game at 31 at halftime. They only had five turnovers and nine assists on 10 made baskets, while Saint Louis turned it over 11 times.

But the second half was a complete reversal and the solution is obvious.

"Execute and take care of the ball," said Stockard, who made all five of his field goal attempts and 7 of 9 free throws in 28 minutes. "We had key turnovers at the end of the game and just not being poised.

"We've got to work on our poise at the end of games."

K-State shot 53 percent from the floor in the second half and finished at 45 percent, but Saint Louis was even better at 51.1 percent, and the Billikens only turned the ball over four times after intermission.

For K-State, in addition to Stockard, Sneed had 11 points and McGuirl seven points and six rebounds.

Javonte Perkins came off to the bench to lead Saint Louis with 12 points, followed by Jordan Goodwin with 11 and reserve forward Terrence Hargrove with 10. K-State outrebounded a Billikens team that was among the national leaders in rebounding margin, 24-23.