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Kansas State defeats Texas Tech 66-58

Posted: January 28, 2014 - 9:52pm  |  Updated: January 29, 2014 - 1:23am
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Kansas State forward Thomas Gipson (42) blocks a shot by Texas Tech forward Jaye Crockett (30) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Manhattan, Kan., Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. Kansas State defeated Texas Tech 66-58. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)  Orlin Wagner
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Kansas State forward Thomas Gipson (42) blocks a shot by Texas Tech forward Jaye Crockett (30) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Manhattan, Kan., Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. Kansas State defeated Texas Tech 66-58. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
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MANHATTAN, Kan. — Last year, the Texas Tech men’s basketball team could have been content with not losing a Big 12 game by 20 points.

This year, with an average deficit of 6.7 points in conference play, the Red Raiders want nothing less than a win.

“It’s not good enough,” sophomore guard Dusty Hannahs said. “We can’t just pride ourselves off moral victories. We don’t believe in that. It’s a different year; it’s a different team. We’ve just got to come in here and win.”

The effort was there this time, but Tech lacked consistency for the full 40 minutes, falling to Kansas State 66-58 Wednesday night in Bramlage Coliseum.

“We shot 33 percent for the game,” Hannahs said. “It’s really hard to win when you’re shooting that way. I thought as the game went on, we had a few lapses.”

In order to play consistent basketball for a full 40 minutes, Hannahs said the team just needs to concentrate and do what Smith tells them.

K-State’s three leading scorers for the season, freshman Marcus Foster, junior forward Thomas Gipson and senior guard Shane Southwell were held to a combined 13 points.

Instead, senior guard Will Spradling led the Kansas State attack with 17 points, followed by Nino Williams with 13 and Wesley Iwundu with 11.

“We knew they had a deep bench,” said Tech coach Tubby Smith, whose team fell to 10-11 and 2-6 in conference. “They utilize it effectively.”

The Wildcat halfcourt defense was in full effect in the first half as Texas Tech committed more turnovers than made field goals.

“They’re real aggressive,” senior forward Jaye Crockett said. “They switched when they needed to switch. They communicated good. They followed good defensive principles, and it worked.”

Furthermore, the Red Raiders went 7:22 without a bucket.

Texas Tech made some stops defensively to start the second half that led to points in transition.

“We just wanted to get back to screening more,” Smith said. “We only had two assists at halftime. We finally got six assists in the second half. ... That was one of the concerns we had was guys weren’t looking to share the ball. We did a better job. We cut back on our turnovers in the second half.”

With 7:16 left in the game, Crockett sank a 3 to cut the Kansas State lead to one, but the Red Raiders could never take the lead.

“We clamped down on defense,” Spradling said. “We were giving up easy layups in the second half and letting them get easy shots. That’s when we kind of turned it on on the defensive end and made shots on the other end.”

Texas Tech outscored the Wildcats in the second half 38-34, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the 12-point Kansas State lead at halftime.

Crockett led the way for the Red Raiders with 15 points, followed by Hannahs with 14.

During his career, Jordan Tolbert had led Tech against the Wildcats with 13.4 points per game, but he didn’t score a point Tuesday.

“We just let him know that he’s a beast,” Crockett said. “Anytime he wants to turn it on, he can turn it on.“

Texas Tech held the edge on the boards 34-32 with 12 points off of 12 offensive rebounds.

“We were missing a lot of easy shots and getting our own rebounds, to tell you the truth,” Crockett said. “We just tried to be aggressive on the boards. That’s always the goal to win the boards at the end of the game.”

 

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Kansas State 66
Texas Tech 58

TEXAS TECH 58

FG FT REB

Min. M-A M-A O T PF A TP

Crockett 30 4-11 5-5 2 7 2 2 15

Tolbert 22 0-3 0-0 0 3 3 0 0

Kravic 27 2-6 2-2 3 8 2 0 6

Gotcher 33 2-9 2-4 0 4 1 2 7

Turner 31 4-9 1-2 1 4 2 2 9

Hannahs 30 5-12 2-2 0 0 3 1 14

Onwuasor 11 1-3 3-6 2 2 2 1 5

Foster 11 1-2 0-0 2 2 3 0 2

Ross 4 0-1 0-0 0 0 1 0 0

Lammert 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 0 0

2 4
Totals 200 19-56 15-21 12 34 21 8 58

 

KANSAS STATE 66

FG FT REB

Min. M-A M-A O T PF A TP

Southwell 25 1-7 2-2 1 4 1 3 4

Iwundu 30 4-6 3-5 1 4 3 1 11

Gipson 11 2-4 3-5 2 5 5 0 7

Foster 18 1-8 0-0 0 3 1 3 2

Spradling 35 4-9 7-8 0 3 2 4 17

Johnson 25 2-4 0-0 2 7 2 0 4

Thomas 24 1-3 1-4 0 0 1 4 3

Williams 19 5-7 3-3 3 4 2 1 13

Lawrence 13 2-2 0-0 0 1 0 0 5

0 1
Totals 200 22-50 19-27 9 32 17 16 66

 

Texas Tech 20 38 — 58

Kansas State 32 34 — 66

 

 

Records: Texas Tech 10-11, 2-6 in Big 12; Kansas State 15-6, 5-3. Shooting percentages: Texas Tech, 33.9% FG, 38.5% 3-pt. FG, 71.4% FT; Kansas State, 48.1% FG, 20.0% 3-pt. FG, 70.4% FT. 3-point goals: Texas Tech 5-13 (Crockett 2-2, Hannahs 2-5, Gotcher 1-3, Tolbert 0-1, Turner 0-2), Kansas State 3-15 (Spradling 2-6, Lawrence 1-1, Foster 0-2, Southwell 0-6). Steals: Texas Tech 7 (Onwuasor 3, Crockett 2, Kravic, Tolbert), Kansas State 4 (Williams 2, Spradling, Johnson). Blocked shots: Texas Tech 2 (Kravic 2), Kansas State 5 (Southwell 2, Johnson 2, Gipson). Turnovers: Texas Tech 10 (Crockett 2, Tolbert 2, Kravic, Gotcher, Onwuasor, Hannahs, Ross, Foster), Kansas State 9 (Thomas 3, Iwundu 2, Gipson, Southwell, Spradling, Johnson). Technical fouls: None. Officials: Tom O’Neill, Doug Sirmons, Jeb Hartness. Attendance: 11,805.

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Tolbert zero points

What's up with that?

Hey Gotcher when you penetrate and draw three trees to you going for the basket dish it out to Hannahs at the 3-point line.

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Tolbert

Will he ever man-up.

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