January 12, 2014
By Kelly McHugh
Regardless of where you play, winning on the road in the Big 12 is tough.
But winning on the road in Allen Fieldhouse against your in state rival, well that's even tougher.
Yesterday afternoon the No. 25 K-State men's basketball (12-4, 2-1 Big 12) got a dose of just how tough it was as it fell to No. 18 Kansas (11-4, 2-0 Big 12) 86-60.
"I thought we started okay," K-State head coach Bruce Weber said after the game. "It was more when they had that second group in there. They picked us apart and made shots, and that's where they got the margin, that's when they got their confidence rolling and we didn't have any answers."
K-State shot just 22-of-50 from the field, 1-of-11 from behind the arc and let up 45 points in the first half. The tough Wildcat defense seen from the team in K-State's previous 10 wins looked nearly absent in the first half as, before yesterday, K-State held its opponents an average of just 53 points per game.
"It was really frustrating," junior Nino Williams said about the team's defensive effort. "We're a really good first-half defense team, we might even be one of the best in the country, and we lead on first half defense. We've went back and forth (today) and you can't go back and forth when you're a defensive team."
Williams finished the game with a team-high 12 points followed by senior Thomas Gipson with 10 points.
"We just can't worry about this loss," junior Thomas Gipson said. "We've just got to put it behind us. Now we've got to defend at home, we've got to defend our home court. We can't worry about this game anymore - it's over. We've just got to move on and prepare for the next game.
"That's the good thing about the Big 12 we get back-to-back games so you can't rely on the last game you played, you always have to play the next game."
K-State returns home to Bramlage Coliseum to take on Oklahoma on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 6 p.m. The Sooners are coming to Manhattan hot off of a win over then undefeated No. 9 Iowa State and won't hold anything back.
Tuesday evening's game will be aired on ESPN2.
"We didn't play as hard as I would have liked and battled and fought today," said Weber, "but all you can do is look forward to the next one and that's Oklahoma who beat Iowa State today. The league is tough, and you're going to have to be able to play each game if you're there for the long journey."
For a complete recap of yesterday's game, click here.
TRACK AND FIELD
K-State Track and Field saw 11 first place finishes and seven runner-up performances this weekend at the Bill Easton Classic in Lawrence, Kan.
Personal bests were broken at the meet by both sophomore Sara Savatovic and senior Erica Twiss.
Placing first in the Weight Throw, Savatovic's 19.92m/65-04.25 throw not only broke her personal best, but also topped the Serbian national record which Savatovic, a native of Crvenka, Serbia, had broken earlier this season.
Twiss beat her personal best in the 60m hurdles running the event in 8.36 seconds, a time that broke both the facility and meet record.
"I think Erica's hurdle PR is pretty significant," head coach Cliff Rovelto said. "Not that we have had an enormous number of high-quality hurdlers, but we've had some good hurdlers and she is a heptathlete so that was a quality run for her."
For more on K-State Track and Field's success at the Bill Easton Classic, click here.
In its third Big 12 Conference game of the season, K-State women's basketball (6-9, 0-4 Big 12) fell 61-50 to the Oklahoma Sooners (11-6, 2-2 Big 12) in Norman, Okla.
Freshman guard Leti Romero recorded her second career double-double scoring 19 points and grabbing 11 rebounds along with her four assists and three steals. Following Romero in scoring for K-State was junior Ashia Woods who finished the game with 10 points.
For a complete recap of last night's game, click here.
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