K-State Falls Late to 25/25 Texas, 71-70
K-State Falls Late to 25/25 Texas, 71-70
18-10 (9-6 Big 12)
15-13 (4-11 Big 12)
I. Taylor: 19pts, 4asts, 3rebs
J. Felix: 13pts, 3asts, 2rebs
E. Davis: 10pts, 2rebs, 1ast
J. Edwards: 20pts, 8rebs, 5asts
D. Johnson: 16pts, 6rebs, 3blks
W. Iwundu: 12pts, 6rebs, 3asts
MANHATTAN, Kan. -- A Kansas State comeback fell inches short as freshman Dean Wade missed a potential game-winning 3-point basket to give No. 25/25 Texas a 71-70 win on Monday night before a crowd of 11,629 at Bramlage Coliseum.
Down by as many as eight points in the second half, the Wildcats (15-13, 4-11 Big 12) slowly chipped away at the deficit, closing to one point on three occasions, including 71-70 after a 3-pointer by freshman Barry Brown with 20 seconds left. Texas senior Javan Felix missed the front-end of a 1-and-1 with 14 seconds to set up the last play.
The loss spoiled a stellar all-around performance from senior Justin Edwards, who led the Wildcats in three categories, including a career-best 20 points on 8-of-16 field goals to go with 8 rebounds and 5 assists. He has now scored in double figures in a team-leading 22 games, including six consecutive games.
Junior D.J. Johnson continued his impressive play with 16 points on 6-of-9 field goals to go with 6 rebounds and a career-tying 3 blocks, while junior Wesley Iwundu chipped in 12 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Johnson has now registered double figures five times in the last six games, all in a starting role.
Texas (18-10, 9-6 Big 12) was led by junior Isaiah Taylor’s 19 points, who scored the Longhorns’ final 5 points, including a critical 3-pointer with 43 seconds. Felix scored 13 points on 6-of-11 field goals, while freshman reserve Eric Davis, Jr. added 10 points for a Texas bench that held a 28-8 advantage.
In an unusual twist, neither team recorded a steal in the contest. It marked just the sixth time in school history that the Wildcats went without a steal since it became a statistic in 1979-80 and the first time since 2013.
The Longhorns swept the season series for the second consecutive series after a 60-57 win at home on Jan. 5.
• Final Score: 25/25 Texas 71, Kansas State 70
• Records: Kansas State 15-12, 4-10 Big 12 // 25/25 Texas 17-10, 8-6 Big 12
• Attendance: 11,629
• Next Game: Saturday, Feb. 27 // vs. 17/17 Iowa State // 5 p.m. CT // ESPN2
The Short Story
• Kansas State’s comeback effort fell just short as freshman Dean Wade’s game-winning 3-pointer fell just short in a 71-70 loss to Texas in Bramlage Coliseum on Monday night.
• Down as many as 8 points in the second half, the Wildcats cut the lead to one point on three occasions, including 71-70 after a 3-pointer by freshman Barry Brown with 20 seconds.
• A missed free throw on a 1-and-1 by senior Javan Felix gave K-State one last chance with 14 seconds.
• The loss spoiled impressive performance by senior Justin Edwards, who led the Wildcats with a career-high 20 points to go with team-highs in rebounds (8) and assists (5).
• Juniors D.J. Johnson and Wesley Iwundu also scored in double figures with 16 and 12 points, respectively.
• Texas was led by junior Isaiah Taylor’s team-high 19 points on 5-of-8 field goals and 8-of-8 free throws.
• The Longhorns have now swept the season series in consecutive seasons.
How It Happened | First Half
• Texas took an early 2-0 lead just 28 seconds into the half after two free throws from senior Connor Lammert.
• Edwards rattled off seven straight points for the Wildcats to close the gap before the second media timeout, 14-12. The senior scored 10 of the Wildcats’ first 12 points.
• The game met its first deadlock at 16-all after an emphatic Johnson slam with 10:42 left in the first half, but the Longhorns crept back in front by the under-8 media, 20-18.
• Neither team would record a field goal make for more than three minutes as the teams exchanged free throw makes for 12 consecutive points.
• Iwundu helped K-State earn its first lead, 29-27, with 3:49 to play with an old-fashioned three-point play and the Wildcats stretched it to 33-30, at the 2:06 mark.
• The Longhorns answered a Carlbe Ervin II layup with 9 seconds left with a 3-pointer from sophomore Kendal Yancy just three seconds before the break to take a 38-35 advantage into the locker room.
• K-State shot 42.9 percent (12-of-28), including 69.2 percent (9-of-13) from the line, while Texas was 42.3 percent (11-of-26) from the field and 85.7 percent (12-of-14) from the stripe.
• Edwards and Johnson led the Wildcats with 12 points apiece in the first half.
• K-State dominated Texas in the paint, outscoring the Longhorns 18-8.
How It Happened | Second Half
• After pulling within two, 42-40, the Longhorns scored five points, including a 3-point basket by big man Lammert to take a 47-40 lead into the first media timeout.
• Texas created its largest lead of the game after freshman Kerwin Roach, Jr. hit a 3-pointer to put the Longhorns up 50-42 with 13:16 to play in the game.
• An Iwundu free throw cut the margin to one, 62-61 with 4:01 to play, but the Longhorns were able to push the lead back to five, 66-61, with 2:39 remaining.
• A Brown 3-pointer cut the lead to 71-70 with 20 ticks left before Felix missed the front-end of a 1-and-1 to give K-State a last chance opportunity.
• That final chance fell to Wade, whose 3-point attempt grazed the front of the iron to preserve the 71-70 win for Texas.
• After being held scoreless in the first half, Wade posted 9 points to lead all Wildcat scorers in the second half with Edwards scoring 8 and Iwundu adding 7.
• Taylor went a perfect 4-of-4 from the field and 4-of-4 from the charity stripe to lead the Longhorns with 13 points in the half.
Beyond the Boxscore
• 11 of K-State’s 13 losses have come to Top 25 opponents, including 10 in league play… The 12 games against ranked opponents tie 2 other teams (2010-11 and 2014-15) for the most in school history.
• K-State still leads the series with Texas, 17-15, including 9-5 in Manhattan… The Longhorns take the season series for the second consecutive season with the 4-game winning streak the longest in the series.
• Neither team recorded a steal in the contest, as K-State was held without a steal for the sixth time overall in school history and the first time since at Texas Tech (2/5/2013).
• Edwards led the team in scoring for the team-leading 10th time with 20 points on 8-of-16 field goals, including 2-of-4 from 3-point range… It was his first career 20-point game at K-State and his team-leading 22nd double figure scoring game… He posted a team-highs in both rebounds (8) and assists (5).
• Johnson scored in double figures for the 9th time this season with 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field… He also pulled down 6 rebounds and led the team with a career-tying 3 blocks.
• Iwundu scored 12 points off of 4-of-9 shooting from the field and pulled down 6 rebounds and dished out 3 assists… It marked his 20th double-figure scoring game of the season.
• “It was a great shot,” said head coach Bruce Weber. “I mean what do you say? No timeouts, Barry [Brown] made a great pass. Dean [Wade] is open, you have got them in a scramble. We had called a high ball screen and read it. Next time, [Dean] will make that shot, and he will make a bunch of them before his career is over.”
• K-State finishes the regular season with 2 of its last 3 games on the road, beginning Saturday at 17/17 Iowa State (19-9, 8-7 Big 12) at 5 p.m. CT on ESPN2. The Cyclones won the first meeting, 76-63, in Manhattan on Jan. 16.