Late Run Lifts Texas Past K-State, 60-57


GAME RECAP

57

60

NR/NR
K-STATE
WILDCATS
10-4 (0-2 Big 12)

NR/NR
TEXAS
LONGHORNS
9-5 (1-1 Big 12)

LEADERS:
I. Taylor: 17pts, 4asts, 3stls
J. Felix: 14pts, 4rebs, 4asts
C. Lammert: 8pts, 9rebs

LEADERS:
B. Brown: 15pts, 3asts, 2stls
J. Edwards: 13pts, 10rebs, 2asts
D,. Wade: 9pts, 9rebs

TEAM 1ST 2ND F
K-State 29 28 57
Texas 26 34 60

AUSTIN, Texas - Guards Isaiah Taylor and Javan Felix keyed a late Texas run, as the Longhorns used a late 14-4 spurt to earn a 60-57 win over Kansas State on Tuesday night before 10,620 fans at Erwin Center.

With the Wildcats leading 48-44 with 5:58 to play, Taylor and Felix ignited the Longhorn run, combining to score 13 of the team’s final 16 points, including a stretch of seven straight by Felix. A 3-pointer by Felix with 3:45 remaining gave Texas (9-5, 1-1 Big 12) the lead for good, while Taylor went 4-of-6 from the line in the last 2:42 of the contest. 

Taylor scored a game-high 17 points, including 14 in the second half, while Felix added 14 points. The two combined to score 23 of their 31 points after halftime on 6-of-14 field goals and 10-of-12 free throws. Senior Connor Lammert, who hit a crucial 3-pointer with 1:21 to play, chipped in 8 points and 9 rebounds.

Freshman Barry Brown, who led the Wildcats (10-4, 0-2 Big 12) for the second straight game with 15 points, missed two chances to tie the game with 5 seconds left, with Taylor blocking his final attempt with 2 seconds. Brown went 5-of-11 from the field, including 2-of-6 from 3-point range, with 3 assists and a game-high 2 steals.

Senior Justin Edwards collected his first double-double at K-State, adding a game-high 10 rebounds to his 13-point effort. Freshman Dean Wade had a near double-double with 9 points and 9 rebounds.

Texas has now won 4 of the last 5 games in the series, including 3 in a row dating to 2014. The 3-game losing streak is the longest since the Longhorns won 3 straight from 1999-2001.

The Basics
Final Score: Texas 60, Kansas State 57
Records: Kansas State 10-4, 0-2 Big 12 // Texas 9-5, 1-1 Big 12
Attendance: 10,620
Next Game: Saturday, Jan. 9 \\ at 2/1 Oklahoma \\ 3:30 p.m. CT \\ ESPNews

The Short Story
Guards Isaiah Taylor and Jevan Felix combined to score 31 points, including 13 in the final 5:33, to help Texas past Kansas State, 60-57, on Tuesday night before 10,620 fans at the Erwin Center.
Taylor led the way with a game-high 17 points, including 14 in the second half, while Felix added 14 points. The duo scored 23 of 31 points in the second half to rally the Longhorns from a halftime deficit.
Freshman Barry Brown led the Wildcats for the second straight game with 15 points, while senior Justin Edwards posted a double-double 13 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.
Brown had two chances to send the game to overtime in the final 5 seconds, missing two 3-pointers, including one blocked by Taylor with 2 seconds remaining.
The teams struggled from the field with both setting season-lows for points scored. Texas shot 39.6 percent (19-of-48), while K-State hit on 37.3 percent (19-of-51), including just 15.8 percent (3-of-19) from 3-point range. The Wildcats also set or tied season-lows for field goals (19) and attempts (51).
K-State held the advantage in points in the paint (28-22), points off turnovers (8-6), second-chance points (11-9) and bench points (25-10).

How It Happened | First Half
Texas jumped out to a 7-0 lead, including 5-0 at the first media timeout at the 15:28 mark, as K-State opened the game with 4 missed shots, 3 personal fouls and 2 turnovers. 
The Wildcats got on the board with a nifty pass from Stokes to Wade with 15:09 left in the first half.
K-State clawed its way back to a 10-all tie after a layup by Edwards with 10:49 to play in the half.
The Longhorns used a 10-4 spurt to take 20-14 lead after a 3-pointer by Lammert at the 6:12 mark.
After Texas took its largest lead at 24-17 with 4:37 remaining, K-State ended the half on a 12-2 run to take a 29-26 lead into halftime. The Wildcats took its first lead on a layup by Brown with 32 seconds before junior Carlbe Ervin’s layup narrowly beat the buzzer.
K-State shot 37.5 percent (9-of-24) in the first half compared to Texas’ 39.1 percent (9-of-23), but was able to convert on 75 percent (9-of-12) from the free throw line.
Brown led 8 Wildcats scorers with 10 points on 3-of-6 field goals to go with 2 assists and 2 steals. 
The Wildcat bench proved effective with 18 of the team’s 29 first-half points on 5-of-9 field goals.

How It Happened | Second Half
K-State maintained a lead during the early portion of the second half, as the Wildcats stretched their lead to 37-32 with 14:16 to play after a jumper by Brown.
Texas slowly chipped away at the lead, tying it at 39-all on a layup by Isaiah Taylor at the 11:30 mark.
K-State used a 6-2 run to regain the lead and extend it to 45-41 after an Edwards’ layup with 8:31 to play.
With the Wildcats leading 48-44 at the 5:58 mark, the Longhorns put together an 11-2 run over the next 3:16 to take control of the game. Back-to-back buckets by Felix, including a 3-pointer, gave Texas the lead for good at 51-50 with 3:45 to go, which was followed by four consecutive free throws from Felix and Taylor to extend the lead to 55-50 with 2:42 left on the clock.
After Lammert’s 3-pointer gave the Longhorns a 58-52 lead with 1:21 remaining, the Wildcats whittled away at the deficit, closing to 59-57 with 21 seconds on a Brown 3-pointer and a pair of free throws by junior Wesley Iwundu.
Taylor left the game in doubt after making just 1-of-2 free throws with 17 seconds left, but Brown could not connect on either 3-pointer in the final 5 seconds.

Beyond the Boxscore
The loss was the first of the season to an unranked team, as the previous 3 losses came to nationally-ranked teams in No. 9/8 North Carolina, No. 25 Texas A&M and No. 19/17 West Virginia.
K-State set or tied season-lows for points (57), field goals (19) and field goals attempted (51).
K-State has now held 46 opponents to 60 points or less since Bruce Weber took over as head coach, including 20 in Big 12 play… The loss was just the sixth when holding an opponent to 60 points or less during that span, including just the second in Big 12 play (Kansas, 2012).
K-State fell to 0-3 this season when being out-rebounded, as Texas held a 33-32 edge on the glass.
K-State lost for the third time this season despite leading at halftime.
Brown has now scored in double figures 5 times while leading the team in scoring on 3 occasions.
Edwards has scored in double figures in 11 of 14 games this season… It was his 6th career double-double, but his first in a K-State uniform… It was his first double-double since a 19-point, 13-rebound effort vs. Stony Brook on Jan. 26, 2013 when he played at Maine.
Iwundu saw his career-best streak of 8 consecutive double-digit scoring games end with 8 points. 

Quotable
“Our players continue to fight hard, but we just came up a little short,” said head coach Bruce Weber. “It’s obviously disappointing that we had another game slip through our fingers at the end. However, we have to get back in the gym and work and good things will happen. We have another chance on Saturday against one of the best teams in the country in Oklahoma.”  

Up Next
K-State concludes its 2-game road swing on Saturday with a trip to Norman, Okla., to face No. 2/1 Oklahoma (12-1, 0-1 Big 12) at 3:30 p.m. CT. The game will be broadcast nationally on ESPNews.