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NCAA Game Summary - Texas vs. Kansas State



(Thursday, March 14th)

Final Score: (11) Kansas State 66, Texas 49

Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Rodney McGruder had 24 points and seven rebounds on 4-of-8 shooting from behind the arc as No. 11 Kansas State pulled away late to down Texas, 66-49, on Thursday in Big 12 Conference quarterfinal action.

Angel Rodriguez scored 13 points and dished out five helpers for the Wildcats (26-6), who move on to face Oklahoma State on Friday, after falling to the Cowboys, 76-70, to end the regular season nearly one week ago.

"We knew we had a game. When we saw the big lineup, we thought they would play zone," Kansas State coach Bruce Weber said. "I don't think they wanted to chase us, and for the most part it was pretty successful."

Julien Lewis paced Texas with 13 points and Jonathan Holmes donated 10 for the Longhorns (16-17), who shot just 34 percent after winning three straight coming in.

Two Lewis free throws brought Texas within 39-34 just three minutes into the second half, but the contest soon changed.

The Wildcats erupted with a 19-7 flurry as Nino Williams nailed two free throws to make it 58-41 with just over seven minutes remaining. McGruder had 10 points alone during the run which ultimately closed the door on a inconsistent Texas season.

The Longhorns, though, made things interesting with back-to-back 3-pointers to cut the deficit to 11 with 6:19 to play, but Kansas State didn't lose composure. The Wildcats responded by outscoring Texas, 8-2 to close out the contest and secure the victory.

"They're a good team," Texas coach Rick Barnes said. "I think they're the best team in the Big 12. I do. I think they're the best team in the Big 12. Now, whether or not they -- if you go back and look, they tie up for the championship and can always go back to an Iowa State game there. But we'll see. They're going to have to -- they're set up to win a tournament like this because they're tough, they're hard nosed. They get their hands on a lot of balls. And you can't help them."

Texas took an early 7-1 lead before Kansas State broke out for a 17-8 spurt -- kicked off with consecutive Rodriguez triples -- to take a 18-15 lead around the midway point of the first half.

The Wildcats stayed hot from behind the arc to close the half as McGruder had two treys and Martavious Irving also hit a three, though the lead at the break was just 34-28.

Both teams only made 11 field goals after 20 minutes of play, as Texas had 26 attempts and Kansas State had 27. Sheldon McClellan and Myck Kabongo didn't find the scoreboard and combined for an 0-for-3 shooting effort.

Game Notes

Kansas State had lost its last two opening-round Big 12 Tournament contests after reaching the title game in 2010 ... Texas' two leading scorers, McClellan and Kabongo, finished with just five and two points, respectively in defeat ... Lewis' trey with 6:19 to play, which closed the gap to 11 points, was the final field goal of the contest for the Longhorns.

03/15 00:04:07 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
NOR 3
DUR 5
 
Final
PIT 0
CAR 10
 
Final
CIN 7
CHC 2
Final
DET 3
NYY 2
Final
SFG 4
COL 1
Final
BAL 5
TAM 4
Final
NYM 1
ATL 6
Final
CWS 2
CLE 3
 
10th
KAN 5
MIN 5
 
Final
HOU 4
TEX 2
 
5th
ANA 3
OAK 0
 
Final
SCAR 28
TEXAM 52
Final
LAMON 17
WAKE 10
 
Final
MISS 35
BSU 13
 
4th
TULSA 28
TULA 28
 
2nd
WASU 17
RUTG 21
 
2nd
ARST 17
WEBER 0
 
2nd
VANDY 0
TEMPL 7
 
Final
JAC 14
ATL 24
 
Final
BUF 0
DET 23
 
Final
CIN 35
IND 7
 
Final
GBP 34
KAN 14
 
Final
PHI 37
NYJ 7
 
Final
MIA 14
STL 13
 
Final
PIT 0
CAR 10
 
Final
NYG 16
NEP 13
 
Final
TAM 10
WAS 24
 
Final
NOS 13
BAL 22
 
Final
CLE 33
CHI 13
 
Final
DAL 3
DEN 27
 
Final
TEN 3
MIN 19
 
Final
HOU 13
SFX 40
 
Half
SDC 9
ARI 6
 
2nd
OAK 28
SEA 14
 
Final
NOR 3
DUR 5