The Wildcats (8-2) could never shake the Tigers (1-10), who trailed by just six points with 1:13 remaining. But four free throws in the final 35 seconds protected Kansas State's lead.
A 7-0 run by the Wildcats -- five of the points were by McGruder -- gave them a 46-36 lead with 15:03 remaining. It was the first double-digit advantage of the game.
The lead grew to 53-38 with 12 minutes to play. But Texas Southern went on a 10-2 spurt that included 3-pointers by Penn and Gibbs.
With 7:40 left, Texas Southern trailed 55-48 and hung in until the final minute.
Kendrick Nunn, who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic battery last week, has been dismissed from the Illinois basketball team.
Delaware has hired Notre Dame assistant Martin Ingelsby as its next men's basketball head coach, sources told ESPN's Jeff Borzello.
Michigan State-Duke in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge will pit two of the best recruiting classes in the nation. Here's a look at all the games.