MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) With about three online games left over inside normal season, Kansas State on going to nearby inside with an elusive discussion title.
The 13th-ranked Wildcats continue won an everyday year league bill in 1977, although with thanks to help unprecedented success within first-year discipline Bruce Weber and an uncharacteristic three-game sacrificing streak by means of competitor Kansas, Kansas State will be attached when using the sixth-ranked Jayhawks regarding first place inside Big 12.
Monday night's 75-55 wining about Texas Tech kept this Wildcats' dreams alive.
Now Kansas State offers to hold its foot for the gas pedal.
''March can be here,'' Weber said. ''Next game is actually around March, so you strive to be using hard basketball. I anticipation that they remain lowly they usually stay in hungry. We've obtained hold restoring for the reason that from a couple weeks from now, anyone lose, it's over.''
scored 20 points, Angel Rodriguez included 16, in addition to that Wildcats (23-5, 12-3 Big 12) became their 12th conference win for your beginer in 40 years.
Dusty Hannahs scored 14 points for any Red Raiders (9-17, 2-13) and also Jaye Crockett added 13.
The Wildcats failed to receive control right until the second half, any time source Nino Williams jump-started the wrongdoing having 11 straight points.
''That's happen to be certainly one of your recommendations to be able to some of our team,'' Weber said. ''Every day, it looks like it truly is someone else of which guidelines up. It's very difficult to avoid every single person that marilyn and i have.
''I've mentioned because the beginning, we've got actions starters, as well as them all can be very, pretty productive.''
With Texas Tech leading 44-42, Williams became the guide having a new three-point play. He have scored again following your Wildcats compelled some sort of shot-clock violation. He cashed within beneath the particular basket following your turnover. The Red Raiders tried using to help cool away from Williams simply using a 30-second timeout, nevertheless he promptly drained a jumper, offering Kansas State a 51-44 direct - this Wildcats' largest on the half fot it point - using 11:50 to play.
Moments later, this individual snagged an questionable rebound, have scored again, after which it chose a protective rebound.
Williams' scoring run hard started out others connected with his or her team, which extended the particular one-sidedness using a scalding 24-6 run. Kansas State led 66-50 along with lower than 4 mins in order to play.
''Sometimes everyone miss shots, sometimes anyone produce them, and I just simply seemed in order to crash this boards,'' Williams said.
Kansas State approved the game which has a 12-4 run that's capped by way of consecutive dunks by way of Rodney McGruder.
After that sound start, your Wildcats bought sloppy, and the Red Raiders required advantage.
''I thought we had an opportunity that can be played nicely against them,'' Texas Tech meanwhile train Chris Walker said. ''If all of us created a couple of layups . most of us help to make your couple free of charge throws, I think we all climb several inside earliest half, but it may be a different game.''
The Red Raiders climbed within 15-12 seeing that four Kansas State players determined your turnover each within a new 4-minute spurt.
''One on the toughest points that will happened, we gone up 12-4, in addition to then i was a little bit giddy, we all misplaced a bit more involving focus, and to their particular credit score they came right at us,'' Weber said.
A 3-pointer through Ty Nurse bought that Red Raiders their own first lead with the video game by using 1:53 to enjoy in the 1 / 2 but some sort of buzzer-beater out of the actual base line by way of McGruder gave the Wildcats your 31-30 lead.
Kansas State frontward Jordan Henriquez, commonly a new starter, failed to go to the sport mainly because they was visiting to New York to get his or her grandmother's funeral. Gipson commenced in his or her place.
''We necessary another person to big step given that JO's not really here, and also I just made your energy that will raise plus engage in harder compared to I commonly play, merely produced hard work to do the idea on the offense and also defense,'' Gipson said.
The seniors - of whom Henriquez can be one - head all classes around Kansas State history by using 97 victories.
''I hope all of us continue including against that will to wherever some people get excellent range and also maybe use of previously draws them,'' Weber said. ''They've completed well. They've remained at focused. We aren't able to appearance much ahead. It's one particular for a time.''