(10) Texas 48

(21-6, 12-4 Big 12)

Kansas St 58

(14-13, 6-10 Big 12)

    5:00 PM ET, March 6, 2004

    Bramlage Coliseum, Manhattan, Kansas

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    #10TEX 22 2648
    KSU 17 4158

    Wildcats keep NIT hopes alive

    MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) -- It was senior day at Kansas State, and the Wildcats were on national television for the first time in five years.

    No wonder students and fans, including school president Jon Wefald, jubilantly stormed the court after Kansas State scored the last eight points and stunned No. 10 Texas 58-48 on Saturday.

    "They asked me about a week ago, what's your best moment at K-State?" senior guard Jarrett Hart said. "I couldn't answer. I can answer now. This is it."

    Teammate Tyler Hughes went him one better.

    "We might as well have just won the NCAA championship," he said.

    Tim Ellis hit six free throws in the final 52 seconds for Kansas State (14-13, 6-10 Big 12), which won despite setting an arena record with only 17 points in the first half.

    "That was a thing of beauty, wasn't it?" Texas coach Rick Barnes said, obviously disgusted.

    The Longhorns were stymied all day by the Wildcats' 3-2 zone and mostly fired away from long range, shooting only 9-of-32 on 3-point attempts.

    "We knew we had to shoot 3s," said Barnes, whose Longhorns were outrebounded 42-32 one game after losing to No. 8 Oklahoma State in a matchup of teams that were tied for first place in the Big 12.

    "We got great looks. We just weren't very good. Some guys just didn't do their jobs," Barnes said.

    The previous low for any Kansas State team in a half since Bramlage Coliseum opened in 1988 was 18 points. The Wildcats missed 22 of their first 26 shots.

    "It might sound funny, but we were still feeling good at the half," Jeremiah Massey said. "We were playing great defense but we just couldn't get shots to fall. But we knew sooner or later they would fall."

    The victory was just the fifth against ranked teams in 27 tries for Kansas State coach Jim Wooldridge, who walked a slow victory lap around the court holding both hands aloft.

    "I don't think we've had a bigger win," the fourth-year head coach said.

    Even though they shot just 19 percent in the first half, the Wildcats trailed only 22-17 because the impatient, careless Longhorns (21-6, 12-4) tied their season low for points in a half.

    "A lot of things going into halftime were in our favor," Wooldridge said. "The tempo was right. We were rebounding, we were holding them defensively."

    Massey scored five points in a 12-3 run and put the Wildcats ahead 40-34 with a free throw. Kenny Taylor then hit two 3-pointers in the next two minutes and tied it 45-all with 3:31 left.

    After Jason Klotz hit a bucket to bring Texas to 46-45, Taylor missed a 3-pointer and Klotz missed from point-blank range.

    "I don't know if I lost focus or what," Klotz said. "I pride myself on doing things well inside. But I'm awfully mad at myself for missing that.

    "It's the second time someone's rushed the court on us. It just kills you to have to watch that."

    With 52 seconds left, Ellis hit two free throws to put the Wildcats on top 52-48. Then he made it 54-48, and with the crowd roaring, gave the Wildcats a 56-48 lead after getting fouled while rebounding Brian Boddicker's missed 3-pointer.

    Massey, held to just one point in the first half, finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Ellis had 13.

    Taylor scored 11, and Sydmill Harris had 10 for Texas.

    "You've got to give kudos to the team that played harder," Texas guard Royal Ivey said. "They played harder than us."

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