Kansas State 56

(13-9, 4-7 Big 12)

Texas Tech 70

(13-12, 5-6 Big 12)

    8:00 PM ET, February 15, 2006

    United Spirit Arena, Lubbock, Texas

    1 2 T
    KSU 20 3656
    TTU 34 3670

    Top Performers

    Kansas State: L. Harris 15 Pts, 3 Reb, 1 Ast

    Texas Tech: M. Zeno 11 Pts, 11 Reb, 4 Ast, 5 Stl

    Texas Tech 70, Kansas State 56

    LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- Texas Tech coach Bob Knight was hoping for 40 good minutes of basketball Wednesday.

    He liked the result as the Red Raiders defeated Kansas State 70-56.

    "We played as well as long (as) since we played TCU," he said. Tech beat TCU 81-54 in late November.

    John Plefka scored 16 points to lead Texas Tech on Wednesday night.

    The Red Raiders led most of the way and took their largest lead, 63-36, when Dior Lowhorn hit a layup with 5:30 left in the game. Kansas State used a 15-2 run in the final three minutes to close within 70-56. The Wildcats hit three straight 3-pointers, two by Lance Harris, and a bucket by Darren Kent with just 22 seconds remaining to close the gap.

    Kansas State played sloppily much of the game, committing 17 turnovers and Tech got almost as almost as many points (19) off of the errors.

    Four Red Raiders scored in double figures. Alan Voskuil scored a career-high 15 points, all on 3-pointers, and Jarrius Jackson added 15. Martin Zeno had 11 points and 11 rebounds.

    Voskuil said his confidence has been growing.

    "I owe something to this team and I haven't provided it so I just let go," he said. "I don't know why today but it just came out today."

    Tech's outside shooting has been mediocre this season. The Red Raiders were shooting 37 percent from 3-point range coming into the game.

    "When you've got a kid that hits five 3s, that makes things a lot better against the zone," Knight said.

    The win was the first in three games for Tech (13-12, 5-6 Big 12).

    It was the Wildcats' fifth loss in six games and their fourth straight road defeat.

    Kansas State coach Jim Wooldridge was back on the bench for the first time since having neck surgery a week ago. He was released from the hospital a day after doctors removed a bulging disk in his neck and fused the C3-4 vertebrae. He wore a protective neck brace on Wednesday.

    Knight said he told Wooldridge before the game to take care of himself.

    "I hope that thing is on the way to a full mend," Knight said.

    The 50-year-old coach missed two games, a 66-63 victory against Iowa State and a 74-71 loss at Missouri. The neck wasn't as much on his mind during the game as was basketball.

    "I'm in a lot more pain with where we are as a team than I am with my neck," Wooldridge said. "It doesn't look like a very good team to me right now, but that could change."

    Cartier Martin and Harris each scored 15 points to lead the Wildcats (13-9, 4-7).

    Wooldridge pointed to a lack of assertiveness. The Wildcats shot no free throws in the first half and were 8-for-8 in the second.

    "We didn't get any free throws because we weren't aggressive enough to get fouled," he said.

    The Wildcats shot poorly in the first half -- 9-of-30 -- and went almost seven minutes without a bucket. Tech scored 14 points in the Wildcats' dry spell, which ended when Harris hit a 3-pointer to close within 21-12. The Red Raiders led 34-20 at halftime.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 56 70
    FG Made-Attempted 21-60 (.350) 23-55 (.418)
    3P Made-Attempted 6-17 (.353) 10-26 (.385)
    FT Made-Attempted 8-8 (1.000) 14-16 (.875)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 16 (0/0) 10 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 2 26

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