Wildcats Topple Texas, 83-57

Thomas Gipson

Jan. 30, 2013

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – A season-high 17 points from Thomas Gipson and a career-high 12 points from Omari Lawrence helped No.18 Kansas State defeat Texas, 83-57, Wednesday night to end a two-game losing streak.

The opening minutes of the game saw both teams traded baskets, but it did not take K-State (16-4 5-2 Big 12) long to break the game open. With the Longhorns (9-11, 1-6 Big 12) leading 5-4, a 3-pointer from Angel Rodriguez sparked a 17-4 run which gave the Wildcats all the momentum they needed. The Wildcats went into the break with a commanding 38-19 lead. This was the fifth time this season that the Wildcats have held an opponent to 20 or less points in the first half. Lawrence led K-State with 10 points at the break.

Texas would use a 7-0 run in the first three minutes after the break to cut the lead to 13 points, but K-State clamped down on defense and rejected any idea of a comeback.

Gipson dominated inside for the Wildcats, scoring 14 of his 17 in the paint. The sophomore forward also added seven rebounds to lead the team. Rodriguez came up just short of a double-double, finishing the night with 11 points and eight assists. Since Big 12 play has started, Rodriguez is averaging 6.3 assists per game with 44 assists in that time-frame.

K-State entered the game leading the Big 12 with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.3 and put its efficiency on display with 21 assists on 30 baskets and only six turnovers for a margin of 3.50.

The Wildcats scored in a bevy of ways. K-State dominated inside, with a 42-26 advantage in the paint. The defense forced 18 turnovers and converted 33 points, one point shy of a season-high. Bench depth proved to be a crucial factor, as the Wildcats reserves out-scored their Texas counterparts, 45-17. The 45 bench points tied the best mark of the season against North Dakota.

K-State is back in action on Saturday, as the team travels to Norman, Okla., for a meeting with the Oklahoma Sooners. The Wildcats edged out the Sooners 69-60 in their first meeting of the season in Bramlage Coliseum earlier this month. The game can be watched live at 5 p.m. on ESPN 2.