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Wildcat report Wildcat report (March 14)

  • Published Thursday, March 14, 2013, at 11:13 p.m.

Thursday’s box score

No. 11 K-State 66, Texas 49

TEXASMinFG-AFT-AOR-TRAPFPT
McClellan182-70-01-1115
Holmes183-43-40-20210
Kabongo370-52-21-5722
Papapetrou332-71-21-5115
Ridley173-40-04-4026
Melchionni10-00-00-0000
Holland30-10-00-0010
Felix71-30-00-1002
Bond40-10-00-0020
Lewis253-134-43-41313
Lammert221-30-01-6122
Ibeh162-20-02-5004
Totals20117-5010-1213-35111649

Percentages: FG .340, FT .833. 3-Point Goals: 5-19, .263 (Lewis 3-6, Holmes 1-1, McClellan 1-4, Lammert 0-1, Felix 0-1, Kabongo 0-2, Papapetrou 0-4). Team Rebounds: 2. Blocked Shots: 3 (Ibeh 2, Ridley). Turnovers: 15 (Kabongo 5, McClellan 4, Lammert 2, Holmes, Ridley, Holland). Steals: 4 (Kabongo 2, Papapetrou, Ibeh). Technical Fouls: None.

KANSAS ST.MinFG-AFT-AOR-TRAPFPT
Southwell331-40-11-4202
Rodriguez254-92-20-35313
Henriquez100-02-41-1022
McGruder3610-200-15-71024
Spradling241-40-00-1123
Irving292-51-30-5116
Williams60-24-42-3004
Lawrence40-01-20-0001
Diaz10-00-00-0000
Schultz10-10-00-0010
Meyer10-10-00-0000
Gipson150-43-40-2043
Orris10-00-00-0000
Johnson154-40-04-7018
Totals20122-5413-2115-36101466

Percentages: FG .407, FT .619. 3-Point Goals: 9-21, .429 (McGruder 4-8, Rodriguez 3-6, Irving 1-2, Spradling 1-3, Schultz 0-1, Southwell 0-1). Team Rebounds: 3. Blocked Shots: 3 (Southwell 3). Turnovers: 7 (Irving, McGruder, Rodriguez, Williams, Gipson, Southwell). Steals: 9 (Southwell 3, McGruder, Lawrence, Johnson, Spradling, Rodriguez, Irving). Technical Fouls: None.

Texas

282149
Kansas St.343266

Att.–NA. Officials–Mike Stuart, Gerry Pollard, Keith Kimble.

Big state, big game

When D.J. Johnson entered the game in the second half, he knew he was in for extending playing time. The freshman forward has playing sparingly all season, but he became the team’s top inside option with Jordan Henriquez fighting an injury and Thomas Gipson in foul trouble.

The Wildcats needed him to hold off Texas, and he knew it. He had never been in that situation before. But he embraced it.

“Just being March, Coach says we should be playing our best ball,” Johnson said. “I think that has everyone excited. We want to play our best ball … I just went out there and helped the team the best way I could.”

Johnson might be looking at more minutes Friday after scoring eight points and grabbing seven rebounds against Texas.

“The guys just told me tonight to keep doing what I’m doing,” Johnson said. “I just want to keep playing hard like I did tonight and keep rebounding.”

Year of the cat

How good of a year has it been for Kansas State’s athletic department? Good enough that the Wildcats rolled out a glossy way to promote it at the Big 12 Tournament.

K-State crammed all of its most recent accomplishments — from the football and basketball teams winning the Big 12 in the same academic year to Erik Kynard winning a silver medal in the Olympics to Collin Klein finishing third in the Heisman Trophy vote to Bruce Weber and Bill Snyder being named conference coaches of the year — into one glossy sheet of paper (front and back) below a catchy header: The Year of the Wildcat.

Worth noting

Henriquez said he felt good following Thursday’s game, but he was clearly fighting back problems. He continually left the court to ride a stationary bike, saying he was trying to stay loose. He was also limited to 10 minutes against Oklahoma State because of injury, but hopes to play more on Friday. “I feel good,” he said. “I just want to keep playing hard.”… K-State players say they are motivated this week by the thought of winning a second championship trophy. “We just came off winning a championship,” Henriquez said. “Coach told us we’ve got two more to go. We want to make a run in the NCAA Tournament, but we have to take care of business this week first.” Added Will Spradling “We want another championship. We got one, but this one would be outright. There is no sharing this one.” … Bill Snyder and his wife were shown on the KissCam in the second half. After some urging from the crowd, Snyder kissed his wife on the cheek to wild applause.

— Kellis Robinett

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