K-State Can't Complete Rally in Loss to Texas

"I am proud of our guys; they fought and battled," said head coach Bruce Weber after the game. "We obviously had a lid on the hoop. We haven't been the best offensive team all year, and I thought we would do a little better job against their zone, but we couldn't get shots down."
Down by 11 points with four minutes to go in the first half, the Wildcats looked to be having their poorest shooting performance of the year. However, snapping a nearly 10-minute scoring drought from the field, Wildcat freshman guard Tre Harris stepped up big when his team needed a spark.
Scoring three consecutive three-pointers, Harris lifted the Wildcats back into the game. His quick nine points followed by a pair of free throws from sophomore Jevon Thomas in the final two seconds of the first half tied the game at 27 as K-State headed to the locker room for halftime. 
"It's great," said Weber about Harris' ability to make important points. "We told all those guys, Tre, Justin (Edwards), Wesley (Iwundu), 'Now you can be the guy. These things go to you; you've got to produce,' and Tre jumped in there. His first shot was awful, but to his credit, he came back, made the next one, made the next three and gave some life to the crowd and our team. You're excited for him that he's making that progress."
The freshman from Edwardsville, Illinois, has proven the ability to get a hot hand on occasion as he scored a season-high 14 points earlier this season against Southern Utah (Nov. 14), and, overall, averages 3.8 points in his average of 9.2 minutes per game. 
Yesterday, Harris played a career-high 25 minutes and scored 12 points after going 4-of-6 from behind the arc, setting a career high in three-pointers. 
"Tre gave us a lift," said senior forward Nino Williams. "He hit three big threes in the first half, then he hit a big one in the second half. Without Marcus (Foster) playing, he gave us another shooter and tonight he was big for us. Unfortunately, we lost the game, but he was big for us."
While Harris may have had the hot hand to get the Wildcats back after falling behind early, the consistent play and leadership from Williams kept the Cats in the game. Williams led K-State in scoring with 13 points and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.  
Williams said he is disappointed in his team's four-game losing skid but is hoping to continue as a leader during a time when his team needs him the most.
"It's frustrating for me because it's my last year here and I haven't lost this much since I can remember," said Williams after the game. Despite his frustration, the senior leader was calm and cool. "I hate losing, I'm not a loser, but this record doesn't define our team. It's self-inflicted things - guys making bad decisions and not acting right. So now, it's (about) us. We have to play better. We have to play hard all game, have life, have passion. Every guy on this team has to figure it out, play hard every possession. I'm not perfect, but I have to do a good job of getting everybody to stay together and play hard."
Next up for the Wildcats is a trip to Morgantown, West Virginia, on Wednesday. Tip off against the No. 12/15 Mountaineers is set for 6 p.m., with the game airing on ESPNU. 
"I'm just disappointed, in both games (against Texas Tech and against Texas) we worked so hard," said Weber. "There was just not enough there to find a victory. All we can do now is help the guys to move forward. We had an unbelievable crowd; they stuck with us. I understood it would be hard when we weren't making shots, but they were great. We just have to help each other, keep working at it and see if we can find a way to get a victory here sooner than later." 
For complete stats, quotes, game notes, photos and more on yesterday's game, please click here.  (hyperlink)
Women's Basketball Comes up Short against Oklahoma
Kansas State looked for their fourth straight win, but Oklahoma fended off the upset bid with a 66-58 win on Saturday at the Lloyd Noble Center. 
For the second straight game, it was K-State sophomore Kindred Wesemann who led the Wildcats in scoring as she put away a game-high 21 points on 8-of-14 shooting including 5-of-9 from behind the arc. Sophomore Breanna Lewis scored 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds, five blocks, three steals and two assists. Despite the quality performance from Wesemann and Lewis, the Wildcats couldn't overcome the Sooners' offensive production as three of Oklahoma's players scored points in the double digits led by Peyton Little's 19 points.
For a complete recap and stats from yesterday afternoon's game, please click here
 
 

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