K-State Falls at Texas Tech, 64-47

LUBBOCK, Texas – Down its leading scorer and a top reserve, Kansas State could not rally from another first-half deficit, as the Wildcats dropped a 64-47 decision at Texas Tech on Wednesday night before 7,429 fans at United Supermarket Arena.

After cutting the deficit to 45-44 with 7:50 to play, the Wildcats (12-11, 5-5 Big 12) had three opportunities to take the lead before the Red Raiders (12-11, 2-8 Big 12) used a 15-0 run down the stretch to seal the victory.

K-State, which has lost four of its last five games and three straight, was led by senior Thomas Gipson’s 13 points.

The loss snapped a 10-game winning streak in the series, as the Red Raiders earned their first win over the Wildcats since an 84-75 win in Lubbock on Feb. 13, 2008.

Texas Tech enjoyed a balanced scoring effort with junior Devaugntah Williams pacing three players in double figures with a game-high 22 points. The Red Raiders shot better than 50 percent in each half and finished the game 22-of-41 (53.7 percent) from the field.

Prior to tonight’s game, K-State announced the suspensions of sophomore Marcus Foster and freshman Malek Harris. Foster is the team’s leading scorer at 14.0 points per game, while Harris has appeared in 20 games.

The Basics
Final Score: Texas Tech 64, Kansas State 47
Records: Kansas State (12-11, 5-5 Big 12); Texas Tech (12-11, 2-8 Big 12)
Attendance: 7,429 (paid)
Next Game: Saturday, Feb. 7 \\ vs. 25/rv Texas (14-8, 3-6 Big 12) \\ 3 p.m. CT \\ ESPN

The Short Story
•    Texas Tech used a stellar shooting performance to end a 10-game losing streak to Kansas State.
•    The Red Raiders connected on 53.7 percent (22-of-41) from the field, including 47.4 percent (9-of-19) from 3-point range. The team’s 9 3-point field goals tied a Wildcat opponent high.
•    Texas Tech became just the fourth K-State opponent to shoot 50 percent or better from the field, including the first in Big 12 play. It was the third-highest field goal percentage allowed an opponent this season and the highest since Pittsburgh connected on 55.3 percent on Nov. 26, 2014.
•    K-State was held to 47 points on 38.8 percent (19-of-49) shooting, including 33.3 percent (6-of-18) from 3-point range. It was the second-fewest points scored this season.
•    Gipson was the lone Wildcats in double figures with 13 points on 5-of-10 field goals.
•    Freshman Tre Harris scored 9 points in his first major Big 12 action in 22 minutes.

How It Happened  |  First Half
•    K-State jumped out to a 4-0 lead on a pair of free throws by Gipson and a jumper by Edwards.
•    Texas Tech scored 5 in a row to take the lead on a jumper by Zach Smith.
•    After the Wildcats tied it at 8-all on a jumper by Stephen Hurt, the Red Raiders used an 8-0 run to take an 18-10 lead with 12:32 to play in the first half.
•    K-State responded with an 8-2 run to close the gap to 20-18 at the 9:10 mark.
•    Texas Tech used an 8-2 run of its own to push the lead back up to 28-20 on a pair of free throws by Devaugntah Williams at the 3:04 mark.
•    Edwards had a pair of 3-pointers to close the gap to 31-26 with 1:43 before halftime, but Aaron Ross was able to respond with Texas Tech’s 6th 3-pointer of the half to make it 34-26.
•    The Red Raiders connected on 52.2 percent (12-of-23) in the first half, including 50 percent (6-of-12) from 3-point range, while was a perfect 4-of-4 from free throw line.
•    Six different players scored for Texas Tech, including 9 by Robert Turner.
•    K-State shot 40.7 percent (11-of-27) from the field, including 28.6 percent (2-of-7) from beyond the arc.
•    16 of the K-State’s 28 points came in the paint, as Gipson tied Edwards with 8 points each.

How It Happened  |  Second Half
•    Neither team could get going in the early going, as they combined for just 4 points in nearly 5 minutes of action to start the second half.
•    Texas Tech built the lead back to 42-33 with 11:58 to play after a 6-2 run.
•    K-State got back into the game with a 3-pointer from Harris that ignited an 11-3 run to close the gap to 45-44 with 7:50 remaining. Harris had a pair of treys in the run, while Hurt added 5 points, including a 3-pointer from the top of the key.
•    K-State had four opportunities to take the lead down the stretch, as the Wildcats had 2 turnovers and 2 missed field goals with the score at 45-44.
•    A lay-up by Williams with 5:11 to play started a 15-0 run by Texas Tech. Williams had 11 straight points to start the run, which thwarted any opportunity of a K-State comeback.
•    During the pivotal run, the Wildcats missed 5 consecutive field goals before Gipson’s lay-up and subsequent foul shot at the 2:16 mark cut it to 59-47.
•    The Red Raiders scored the final 5 points for the 64-47 victory, as they connected on 55.6 percent (10-of-18) from the field in the half.
•    Williams (14) and Toddrick Gotcher (11) combined for 25 of Texas Tech’s 30 second-half points.
•    Harris scored all 9 of his points in the second half.

Beyond the Boxscore
•    K-State still leads the all-time series, 21-11, including 14-10 in the Big 12 era… The loss snapped a 10-game winning streak in the series, including 4 straight in Lubbock… It was the first win by the Red Raiders since an 84-75 win at home on Feb. 13, 2008.
•    K-State scored a season-high 15 second-chance points on 11 offensive rebounds.
•    K-State tied a season-low with 3 free throws and set a season-low with 6 attempts.
•    Gipson led the team in scoring for team-leading 7th time.
•    Gipson has now scored in double figures in 56 career games, including 12 this season.
•    K-State used its eighth different starting lineup this season with junior Brian Rohleder, junior Justin Edwards, sophomore Wesley Iwundu, senior Nino Williams and senior Thomas Gipson.
•    Rohleder, a walk-on from Wichita, earned his first career start.

Quotable
•    “Congrats to Texas Tech and Coach (Tubby) Smith on a hard-fought victory. We had a number of opportunities to take a lead in the game especially when we were down 45-44 with 8 to play, but we couldn’t convert. We have to regroup now and get ready for a very talented Texas team on Saturday,” said head coach Bruce Weber.  

Up Next
•    K-State returns to Bramlage Coliseum on Saturday, Feb. 7, as the Wildcats play host to No. 25 Texas (14-7, 3-5 Big 12) at 3 p.m. CT, on ESPN. Tickets are available by calling the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 221-CATS or online at www.kstatesports.com/tickets.