Rodriguez Leads No. 10/11 K-State Past Baylor, 81-61

Sophomore guard Angel Rodriguez collected his first career double-double in the win over Baylor with career-bests in points (22) and assists (10).

Feb. 16, 2013

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – Four Wildcats scored in double figures, as No. 10/11 Kansas State eclipsed the 20-win barrier for the seventh consecutive season with an 81-61 win over Baylor before a sellout crowd at Bramlage Coliseum on Saturday night.

With the win, K-State (20-5, 9-3 Big 12) kept pace in the Big 12 standings, as the Wildcats remain in a three-way tie for first place with No. 14/13 Kansas and No. 17/16 Oklahoma State -- all with 9-3 league marks.  The seven consecutive 20-win seasons is the longest such streak in school history.  Head coach Bruce Weber joins Lon Kruger (1986-87), Bob Huggins (2006-07) and Frank Martin (2007-08) as Wildcat head coaches to win 20 games in their first season.

Sophomore guard Angel Rodriguez tallied his first career double-double with a game-high 22 points on 7-of-15 field goals, including 3-of-8 from 3-point range, to go with a career-best 10 assists.  He also added a game-high three steals and five rebounds.  He has now scored in double figures in seven of the last nine games, including the second 20-point game in three games. 

Senior Jordan Henriquez also managed a double-double with a season-high 10 points, game-high 10 rebounds and five blocked shots.  It marked the first time this season that two Wildcats posted double-doubles and the first time since Thomas Gipson and Jamar Samuels each totaled double-doubles in a win over George Washington on Dec. 1, 2011.

Facing a size mismatch most of the game, junior guard Shane Southwell had his finest game in Bramlage Coliseum, as the junior forward tied his career-high with 19 points on a 6-of-9 performance from beyond the arc. His six 3-pointers were a career-best and the most by a Wildcat since Rodney McGruder knocked down seven treys in a win over UMKC on Dec. 23, 2010. 

Junior A.J. Walton led three Baylor (16-9, 7-5 Big 12) players in double figures with 14 points, while freshman Isaiah Austin and junior Brady Heslip added 13 and 12 points, respectively.

After back-and-forth action in the opening minutes of the contest, the Wildcats led 10-6 at the first media timeout.  Baylor was able to counter the K-State attack with a 11-5 run to regain the lead,16-15, with 8:38 left in the first half. The Wildcats were able come back following a blocked shot from Henriquez and back-to-back threes from Southwell to regain the lead, 21-16, with 7:29 left before halftime. The two squads traded buckets over the remaining minutes of the half before a Thomas Gipson layup gave K-State a 38-29 lead at the break.

Despite opening the second half with a 4-0 run, Baylor fought back with an 11-0 run, thanks to nine points from Heslip, but K-State still led 43-41 with over 12 minutes left to play. K-State responded with a 16-4 run of its own, which included a pair of threes from Southwell and one from senior guard Martavious Irving, as the Wildcats led 59-45 with just under eight to play.  The Bears could get no closer the rest of the way, as all 13 available Wildcat players made it into the game.

K-State connected on 45.5 percent from the field, including 44 percent from 3-point range, and held a 33-30 edge on the glass.  The Wildcats dished out 20 assists (on 30 made baskets) with a season-low six turnovers.  Baylor shot slightly better at 45.7 percent from the field, but were plagued by 19 turnovers, which K-State converted into 22 points.   

Kansas State conclude its brief two-game homestand on Monday, as the Wildcats welcome former head coach Bob Huggins and his West Virginia Mountaineers (13-12, 6-6 Big 12) for an 8 pm tipoff on ESPN's Big Monday.  This will be Huggins' first return to Manhattan since leave for West Virginia after his lone season at K-State in 2006-07.