Feb. 19, 2014
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MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Junior Thomas Gipson registered his seventh career double-double with a team-high 16 points and 11 rebounds to help Kansas State to a 65-53 win over TCU on Wednesday night at Bramlage Coliseum.
Tonight’s win was the 14th consecutive at home for K-State (18-8, 8-5 Big 12), which moved to 31-2 in home games under head coach Bruce Weber, including 15-1 in Big 12 play. The 14-game home court winning streak is tied for the longest in Bramlage Coliseum history since the team won 14 in a row from Feb. 17, 2009 to Jan. 18, 2010 and Jan. 15, 2011 to Jan. 7, 2012.
Gipson was one of four Wildcats in double figures, as he was joined in double figures by freshman Marcus Foster (13), junior Nino Williams (11) and senior Will Spradling (10). The double-double was the seventh of Gipson’s career, including the third this season. He has now led the Wildcats in scoring eight times and a team-best 13 times in rebounding.
“It is disappointing in some ways, but it is kind of what you expected,” said Weber. “Obviously we had three emotional games in a row, Texas, Kansas and the loss Saturday to Baylor. No matter what we say, we probably are not going to come out with great emotion and focus.”
Despite turning the ball over 18 times, the Wildcats trailed the Horned Frogs only twice. The Wildcats defense held TCU (9-16, 0-13 Big 12) on just 36.2 percent (17-of-47) shooting from the field. K-State dominated down low, out-rebounding the Horned Frogs, 47-24, and posting a 32-24 edge in the paint.
K-State had 18 offensive rebounds, the team’s most since collecting 21 against Tulane on Dec. 28, 2013. The Wildcats have now out-rebounded 17 opponents, including 16 in the last 22 games, and improved to 13-4 this season when out-rebounding their opponents.
K-State’s bench was instrumental in helping the Wildcats pull away from the Horned Frogs midway through the second half. Wildcat reserves went on a 7-0 run starting at the 9:54 mark sparked by sophomore D.J. Johnson, who finished the night with four points and eight rebounds. The Wildcats did not trail in the second half, extending their lead out to as much as 15 with 2:53 left to play.
K-State bounced out to an early 11-2 run at the 15:35 mark after nine straight points from Gipson and Foster. However, TCU slowly cut into the deficit, using a 6-0 run to close within 14-12 with just under eight minutes before halftime.
After the Wildcats pushed the lead to 22-16 with five minutes before halftime, junior Kyan Anderson capped an 8-1 spurt to give the Horned Frogs a 24-23 edge with 1:58 left in the first half.
Gipson was able to respond with consecutive baskets to give K-State the lead going into halftime at 27-26. Anderson finished the half with 17 points on 6-of-7 field goals.
“I think one of the worst things that happened was when we went up 11-2 because now even if there is some fear I put into them, we just went really flat,” said Weber. “I think we got to 14 and stayed there forever, but to their credit, the second half we did a lot better job on (Kyan) Anderson. Between Will (Spradling) and Jevon (Thomas), they got him under control a little bit and then our bench again was very good.”
TCU was led by Anderson, who scored a game-high 23 points on 7-of-12 field goals in 35 minutes of action, while freshman Karvair Shepherd added 12 points.
K-State connected on 42.6 percent (23-of-54) from the field, including 33.3 percent (5-of-15) from 3-point range, and shot 63.6 percent (14-of-22) from the free throw line. The Wildcats registered 16 assists on 23 field goals made marking the 16th time this season the Wildcats have had 15 or more assists in a game.
Despite the Wildcats giving the Horned Frogs 21 points off of turnovers, the Wildcats were able to outscore TCU, 15-7, off of second-chance baskets. K-State has now outscored their opponents nine times this season in second chance baskets.
The win gave Weber 45 for his K-State tenure, which ties him with current Oklahoma head coach Lon Kruger (1987-90) for the most wins by a K-State head coach in his first two seasons.
Weber and the Wildcats will have the opportunity to set the record against Kruger and his Sooners (19-7, 8-5 Big 12) on Saturday, as the squads wrap up the season series with a 3 p.m. tip at the Lloyd Noble Center on the Big 12 Network. It marks the start of back-to-back road games for K-State to end the month of February, as the team plays at Texas Tech on Tuesday, Feb. 25.
The two teams, along with Iowa State, are currently in a three-way tie for third place in the league standings, just one game behind second-place Texas and one game above sixth-place West Virginia.