Jan. 17, 2013
FORT WORTH, Texas – Senior Rodney McGruder collected a game-high 21 points, as No. 16/18 Kansas State ran its season-long winning streak to seven games with a 67-54 win over TCU on Wednesday night at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
The seven-game winning streak is the longest by K-State (14-2, 3-0 Big 12) since the squad also won seven in a row from Feb. 2-27, 2010. The Wildcats have now won six consecutive road games, including five in a row in Big 12 play, dating back to last season. The road winning streak is the longest since the school also rattled off six straight road wins (all in Big 12 play) from Jan. 16 to Feb. 23, 2010.
K-State is 3-0 in Big 12 play for just the second time since the league’s inception in 1997 and for the first time since the 2007-08 team won its first five conference contests.
McGruder, the lone Wildcat to score in double figures, scored 14 of his 21 points in the first half, as the Wildcats climbed out of an early 10-5 deficit with an 8-0 run capped by a Will Spradling 3-pointer at the 10:15 mark. McGruder has now scored in double figures in seven consecutive games and has at least 17 points in four of the last five games.
The lead grew to as many as 13 points in the first half, including halftime, as senior Martavious Irving earned a lay-up at the buzzer to give K-State a 38-25 lead at the break. The Wildcats connected on 50 percent (15-of-30) from the field, including 50 percent (5-of-10) from 3-point range.
K-State maintained a double-digit lead for the entire second half, including ballooning to as many as 25 points (67-42) on a lay-up by sophomore Thomas Gipson with 6:19 remaining. The Wildcats did not score the rest of the game, as the Horned Frogs (9-8, 0-4 Big 12) collected the final 12 points in a 67-54 decision.
McGruder was 9-of-15 from the field, including 3-of-6 from 3-point range, and earned his 17th 20-point game of his career, including the fourth this season. Fellow senior Jordan Henriquez had a near double-double with eight points and game-high 10 rebounds, while Irving and sophomore Adrian Diaz also added eight points. Irving led the Wildcats with five assists and three steals.
Senior Adrick McKinney posted a near double-double for TCU with team-highs in both scoring (18) and rebounding (nine), while sophomore Kyan Anderson added 10 points.
K-State connected on 48.2 percent (27-of-56) from the field, including a season-best 52.9 percent (9-of-17) from 3-point range, and posted 17 assists on 27 made field goals. The Wildcats were able to score 20 points off of 12 TCU turnovers and are now 13-1 on the season when out-scoring its opponents in points off turnovers. The squad grabbed the rebounding edge, 34-31, and now are a perfect 14-0 this season when out-rebounding an opponent.
The Wildcats continued to excel on the defensive end, holding the Horned Frogs to 54 points on 37.5 percent shooting (18-of-48), including just 30 percent (3-of-10) from 3-point range. The team has now held 12 of its 16 opponents to 65 points or less, including eight to 55 points or less, while seven have been held to under 40 percent shooting from the field.
Kansas State returns to the friendly confines of Bramlage Coliseum on Saturday afternoon, as the Wildcats welcome former player and head coach Lon Kruger and the Oklahoma Sooners (12-3, 3-0 Big 12) for a 3 p.m. tipoff on the Big 12 Network.
A limited number of single-game tickets are still available for $40 for general admission seating and can be purchased online at www.kstatesports.com/tickets or by phone at (800) 221-CATS.