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K-State stays strong in first place of Big 12 with win vs. Texas Tech

Kansas State improved their record to an impressive 17-2, 6-1 in Big 12 play on Sautrday, defeating Texas Tech at Bramlage Coliseum 68-58. With the loss, Tech falls to 10-9 on the season and 0-7 in Big 12 play.

K-State started the game with Markquis Nowell drilling an open 3-pointer in the corner to give the Wildcats a 3-0 lead early. But Texas Tech responded to take an 8-6 lead with Fardaws Aimaq scoring a couple of early buckets for Texas tech. But Ish Massoud quickly buried another 3-pointer to give K-State a 12-11 lead with about 14:40 left in the first half.

Texas Tech then went on a bit of a scoring drought making just 1-of-10 shots from the field, which helped K-State take a 19-13 lead when Nowell made his fourth 3-pointer of the first half.

But first-half foul trouble for Keyontae Johnson, Desi Sill and Nae’Qwan Tomlin helped Texas take a 33-28 lead to the half with the Wildcats not scoring a field goal in the final 4:30 of the first half. Tech’s Pop Issacs made a half-court buzzer-beater to give the Red Raiders a five-point lead at the break.

K-State tied the game at 35 early in the second half with Nowell splitting a pair of free throws after being fouled on a deep 2-point attempt by Aimaq. Tech struggled offensively early in the second half, experiencing a scoring drought of 2:20 before the first media timeout.

But K-State experienced their own extended scoring drought shortly after Tech’s, not seeing any field goals in 4:41. Tomlin was tagged with his fourth personal foul with 14:25 left in the second half. He wouldn’t check back into the game until 4:46 remained in the second half.

Wildcat head coach Jerome Tang was forced to call a timeout after Issacs made a layup to put the Red Raiders up 45-37 with 13:11 left in the game.

Coming out of the timeout, K-State scored on back-to-back possessions with Massoud getting a put-back and Sillsma making a reverse layup to make it 45-41 going into the under-12 media timeout of the second half.

The Wildcats went on an…


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Publish date : 2023-01-21 21:18:25

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