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(Wednesday, January 30th)
Final Score: (18) Kansas State 83, Texas 57
Manhattan, KS (Sports Network) - Thomas Gipson led the way with 17 points and seven rebounds as No. 18 Kansas State had an easy time with Texas, 83-57, at Bramlage Coliseum.
Omari Lawrence totaled 12 points, while Angel Rodriguez added 11 with eight assists for the Wildcats (16-4, 5-2 Big 12), who snapped a two-game in- conference losing streak.
"We had two tough losses so we have to practice hard," Lawrence remarked. "We bounced back with a lot of good energy and effort today. We were really productive."
Sheldon McClellan posted 15 points for the Longhorns (9-11, 1-6), who have dropped six of their last seven. Jaylen Bond contributed 12 points and eight boards in defeat.
"They played a great game tonight," Texas coach Rick Barnes said of Kansas State. "We certainly helped them by not fighting."
The hosts put the game out of reach early on, turning a 5-4 deficit into a 21-9 advantage.
Rodriguez began the run with a trey, and Jordan Henriquez added a slam. A Lawrence jumper put the hosts up 11-7 inside of six minutes played, and Gipson's bucket gave the Wildcats a six-point margin. Later in the spurt, Lawrence converted a layup, then Nino Williams added a basket and Will Spradling closed it out on a lay-in for a 12-point advantage with 8:28 remaining before halftime.
K-State's lead ballooned to 27-13 with just under five minutes left in the half after a triple from Shane Southwell. Lawrence's tip-in made it 38-17 before McClellan's free throws made it a 19-point spread at the break.
Texas was only able to close its deficit to 13 points, the last time coming on Julien Lewis' three-point play with 12:03 left in the contest which made it 53-40.
The Wildcats then blew open the contest with a 14-2 run thereafter, ending on a Martavious Irving shot from beyond the arc which made it 67-42 inside of eight minutes to go. Rodriguez scored the first five points in the surge.
Kansas State posted its fifth win in the last seven meetings with Texas and have taken 14 of the 24 all-time meetings ... The Longhorns committed 18 turnovers and forced only six ... The Wildcats improved to 12-1 at home this season.
01/31 00:27:22 ET
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