Wednesday’s box score
No. 16 K-State 67, TCU 54
Percentages: FG .482, FT .400. 3-Point Goals: 9-17, .529 (McGruder 3-6, Irving 2-2, Spradling 2-3, Southwell 1-2, Rodriguez 1-3, Lawrence 0-1). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots: 2 (Southwell, Henriquez). Turnovers: 8 (Gipson 2, Orris 2, Diaz, Southwell, Irving, Williams). Steals: 6 (Irving 3, Rodriguez 2, McGruder). Technical Fouls: None.
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Percentages: FG .375, FT .625. 3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (Anderson 2-4, Hill Jr. 1-2, Montigel 0-1, Smith III 0-1, Green 0-2). Team Rebounds: 3. Blocked Shots: 2 (McKinney, Green). Turnovers: 12 (Butler Lind 4, Anderson 3, Smith III 2, Green 2, Crossland). Steals: 5 (Anderson, Crossland, Dincer, Hill Jr., McKinney). Technical Fouls: None.
3829–67TCU 25 29 – 54
Att.–4,872. Officials–Mike Stuart, Antonio Perry, Rodrick Dixon.
Irving the defender
Martavious Irving had one of his best defensive performances on Wednesday. Not only did he come up with two steals in 21 minutes, he forced three turnovers with pressure defense. In the first half alone, he forced a five-second violation, a 10-second violation and made a TCU guard lose the ball out of bounds off his foot.
“The past few days coach has been on me and Angel about how we have been playing defense lately,” Irving said. “We gave up a lot of scoring to guards against West Virginia. I took it personally.”
Diaz in the middle
With K-State trailing 10-5 more than 7 minutes in, Bruce Weber inserted seldom-used forward Adrian Diaz. The 6-foot-11 sophomore hasn’t contributed much this season, but his size helped K-State take over the game.
His presence inside forced TCU’s big men to focus on him and Jordan Henriquez. They didn’t do a good job defending either.
Diaz scored six points and grabbed a rebound in the first half, while Henriquez had seven points and seven rebounds before the break. Weber said Diaz will continue to play if he continues to prove himself the way he did against TCU.
Former and future K-State basketball players were in attendance. Rolando Blackmon, one of the top players in Wildcats history, watched the game from a court-side seat. And Marcus Foster, an incoming recruit from Wichita Falls, Texas, sat higher up. K-State’s next two games will feature former Illinois coaches. Lon Kruger, Bill Self and Weber all used to coach at Illinois before coming to Oklahoma, Kansas and K-State, respectively.
— Kellis Robinett