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K-State’s four seniors struggle, combine for just 11 points

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Forgettable senior day

Kansas State honored its four seniors — Will Spradling, Shane Southwell, Omari Lawrence and walk-on Ryan Schultz — in a pregame ceremony and throughout the game with video tributes. They produced ovation after ovation. But not on the court. All four seniors struggled, combing for 11 points. Spradling did the most, adding eight assists to three points. But he had four turnovers and missed all six of his shots. Southwell played only 19 minutes.

“They are good guys who maybe put a little too much pressure on themselves,” Kansas State coach Bruce Weber said. “Will had some open looks. He had a couple tough ones, too. He never really got going. Shane, since his injury, has struggled a little bit.”

None of the seniors spoke to reporters. But junior forward Thomas Gipson said they urged the team to bounce back for a special postseason.

“Shane said in the locker room, ‘This isn’t our last game,’” Gipson said. “He told everybody to keep their heads up, because we are going to win the Big 12 (Tournament). That’s our goal. This is a tough loss, but we have to bounce back.”

Baylor coach Scott Drew was impressed.

“A pro,” Drew said. “He’s that good.”

| Kellis Robinett,