Tuesday’s box score
Texas 67, No. 22 Kansas St. 64
Percentages: FG .426, FT .571. 3-Point Goals: 4-16, .250 (Spradling 2-4, Foster 1-6, Southwell 1-6). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots: 2 (Iwundu, Southwell). Turnovers: 11 (Gipson 4, Foster 3, Spradling, Thomas, Iwundu, Southwell). Steals: 3 (Gipson, Thomas, Iwundu). Technical Fouls: None.
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Percentages: FG .456, FT .600. 3-Point Goals: 3-12, .250 (Felix 2-6, Holmes 1-3, Croaker 0-1, Lammert 0-2). Team Rebounds: 3. Blocked Shots: 4 (Ridley 3, Ibeh). Turnovers: 10 (Holmes 4, Ridley 2, Taylor 2, Felix, Holland). Steals: 5 (Taylor 2, Walker, Holmes, Ridley). Technical Fouls: None.
A—8,918. Officials—Mark Whitehead, Don Daily, Kelly Self.
For as good as K-State has been on defense this season, the Wildcats showed two weaknesses on Tuesday. They lack the height and depth to defend the Longhorns’ big frontcourt, and they weren’t nearly as good in transition as they were in half court.
Texas took a 36-32 lead in the first half by hammering the ball into Ridley and running every time it grabbed a rebound.
K-State made adjustments in the second half to slow Texas and force it to run set plays. But the Wildcats needed a little more.
“We really could not get stops,” Weber said.
Gipson shines in defeat
Texas coach Rick Barnes complimented K-State’s Thomas Gipson after he scored 24 points in 31 minutes.
“I was really impressed with Thomas Gipson,” Barnes said. “I thought he worked hard for his space and buried us down there.”
Added Ridley, who defended him most of the game: “He was really good offensively. He knows how to use his body well.”
Too much ego
Weber had a theory on why K-State received below-average production from several players.
“We have some moments where we still we can’t let egos get involved and personal matchups and all that stuff,” Weber said. “It has to be about our team to be successful.”
Gipson agreed, saying he thought K-State didn’t play together the way it has recently.