LUBBOCK, Texas -- Martavious Irving scored 16 points and
Rodney McGruder had 13 to lead Kansas State (No. 24 ESPN/USA Today, No. 22 AP) over Texas Tech
69-47 on Wednesday night, keeping the Red Raiders winless in Big 12
The Wildcats trailed briefly early but pulled away when they
started hitting shots. They muscled their way into the lane and
outscored Texas Tech 36-20 in the paint.
Kansas State (15-4, 4-3 Big 12) pressed on defense, making it
difficult for Texas Tech to find passing lanes. That led to a
season-high 25 turnovers for the Red Raiders -- 12 were Kansas State
steals -- which the Wildcats converted into 27 points. Texas Tech
was averaging 17 turnovers coming into the game.
The Wildcats had 17 turnovers, leading to seven points for the
Freshman Jordan Tolbert scored 18 points to lead Texas Tech
The Wildcats' depth hurt the Red Raiders. Bench players
contributed more than half of Kansas State's points (38), while
Texas Tech got 13 from its reserves.
Just four Texas Tech players scored and only one was not a true
freshman. The Red Raiders have struggled to get consistent
production on offense, and the loss to the Wildcats was no
Texas Tech went to a zone defense in the second half and Kansas
State had to make adjustments on the perimeter. The Wildcats
started making shots, hitting on 12 of 22 in the second half (54
The closest Texas Tech got in the second half was 49-33 with
11:47 remaining when freshman Luke Adams hit a 3-pointer from the
corner and turned it into a four-point play after he was fouled on
The win was the third straight for the Wildcats, who dropped
three of their first four in conference play.
Kansas State could have led by more than 31-20 at halftime but
it missed eight of its first nine shots. The Wildcats used a 16-2
run, including six points from Victor Ojeleye, to go up 18-7.
But Tech, which gave up 13 points to Kansas State on 14
first-half turnovers, whittled the margin to 23-17 late in the half
behind a spark from freshman Kevin Wagner, who finished with a
career-high 16 points.