Texas Uses Second Half Rally To Defeat K-State, 75-64

Freshman Angel Rodriguez paced four Wildcats in double figures with 15 points.

Feb. 11, 2012

Final Stats

AUSTIN, Texas—Behind a game-high 23 points from junior J’Covan Brown, Texas rallied from a 15-point deficit early in the second half to earn a 75-64 win over Kansas State at the Frank Erwin Center on Saturday.
Brown paced four players in double figures, as the Longhorns (16-9, 6-6 Big 12) responded from a dismal first-half shooting the ball (28 percent) to connect on 68.8 percent (11-of-16) after halftime in outscoring the Wildcats, 48-24.  Texas also connected on 35-of-48 (72.9 percent) from the free throw line, including 22-of-28 (78.6 percent) in the second half.  The 48 free throws attempted tied the Texas school record for most in a Big 12 contest.

Senior Alexis Wangmene had a career-day with 15 points and a game-high 13 rebounds, while freshmen Myck Kabongo and Sheldon McClellan added 13 and 11 points, respectively.  The Longhorns shot 43.9 percent from the field, including 40 percent from 3-point range.

Kansas State (17-7, 6-6 Big 12), which led by as many as 15 points, saw its three-game winning streak against Texas come to an end with the loss.  The Wildcats had won four of the last five games in the series, including three straight in Austin.  The squad has now lost consecutive games on the road when holding a double-digit second-half lead.   
Freshman Angel Rodriguez paced four players in double figures with 15 points on 6-of-13 field goals in 27 minutes.  Adrian Diaz, Rodney McGruder and Will Spradling all added 11 points.  McGruder led the team with eight rebounds in 33 minutes.  Shane Southwell had an all-around effort with seven points, four assists, three rebounds, two blocks and one steal in 32 minutes. 

K-State used an 11-3 run to break open a tight first half, capped by a 3-pointer by Spradling with 2:13 to play.  After a missed free throw by Texas, the Wildcats finished the half with back-to-back treys from McGruder and Spradling to post a 40-27 lead at the break.  The squad shot 51.9 percent from the field in the half, including 50 percent from 3-point range, while holding the Longhorns to just 28 percent.

Diaz gave the Wildcats their biggest lead at 42-27 with 19:31 to go, however, the Longhorns didn’t give up.  Led by Brown’s 15 second-half points, the squad used a 13-0 run over the next four minutes to cut the deficit to just 44-43 with 13:05 to play.  K-State was able to maintain the lead until a 3-pointer from Brown in transition gave Texas the lead for good at 56-54 with 8:20 to go.  The Wildcats could get no closer than five points the rest of the way. 

Kansas State will make a quick turnaround, as the Wildcats play host to league-leading Kansas (20-5, 10-2 Big 12) in the Dillon’s Sunflower Showdown on Monday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.  The Jayhawks won the first meeting, 67-49, way back on Jan. 4 in the first Big 12 game of the season for both squads.