Gipson, Wildcats Dominate Red Raiders, 75-55

Thomas Gipson

Feb. 25, 2013

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – Thomas Gipson scored a season-high 20 points, as No. 13 Kansas State defeated Texas Tech, 75-55, to remain atop of the Big 12 Conference standings. After K-State trailed 42-44, the Wildcats went on a tear and used a 33-11 scoring run to pull away from the Red Raiders to notch their 23rd win of the season.

Apart from Gipson, Angel Rodriguez (16), Nino Williams (11) and Rodney McGruder (10) each finished the night in double-digit scoring, marking the fourth-straight conference game that the Wildcats have had four players score in double figures.

The Wildcats (23-5, 12-3) got off to a slow start to open the first half as K-State went back and forth with the Red Raiders (9-17, 2-13) for most of the opening stanza as the game saw four lead changes and one tie in the first half. Thomas Gipson led both teams in scoring at the half with 10 to go along with four boards. A buzzer beater from the corner by McGruder gave K-State a 31-30 lead at the break.

The second half saw much of the same as the first half, before the Wildcats turned it around defensively after forcing a shot clock violation on the Red Raiders. K-State then went on a 9-0 run fueled by Williams, who scored all nine points during that run. Free throws were a big reason for the success in the second half as the Wildcats went 10-of-11 (90.9 percent) from the free-throw line.

Despite missing senior Jordan Henriquez, K-State was able to outmuscle Texas Tech, especially in the inside, outgaining the Red Raiders on points in the paint 44-26. Gipson picked up the slack on the glass, pulling down a game-high eight rebounds. Once again, the Wildcats dominated the Red Raiders on the boards, as they doubled up Texas Tech, 41-20, in total rebounds.

With the victory, K-State’s senior class of McGruder, Henriquez and Martavious Irving became the winningest class in school history. It marked the 97th K-State win in their time on the team and the trio is the fourth straight senior class to post 90 or more wins.

Monday night’s win also was the 300th victory for the Wildcats in Bramlage Coliseum. Since the Wildcats moved into Bramlage on Nov. 26, 1988, K-State is 300-97.

K-State will be back in action on Saturday when the Wildcats visit Baylor at the Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas. The game can be seen live on the Big 12 Network at 7 p.m. and heard on the K-State Sports Network.