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Brown, Stokes, lead No. 18 Kansas State past Texas 71-64

February 13, 2019 - 2:21 am
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Barry Brown and Xavier Sneed each scored 16 points, and No. 18 Kansas State beat Texas 71-64 Tuesday night for its ninth straight Big 12 victory.

Three other Wildcats scored in double figures, Wade with 12 points, and Stokes and Makol Mawien with 11 apiece.

"A lot of positive things," Wildcat Head Coach Bruce Weber said. "No doubt."

Kansas State (19-5, 9-2 in Big 12) converted nearly 55 percent of its field goal attempts, including 56.5 in the second half. The Wildcats limited Texas to 30 percent shooting in the second half after the Longhorns hit 55.6 in the first half.

The Wildcats accomplished that by shifting from their staple, man-to-man defense, to a zone for parts of the second half.

The Longhorns (14-11, 6-6), who scored 24 points in the paint in the first, had just eight after the break, the zone defense making it more difficult for them to access the basket. Instead, Texas launched 11 3-pointers, hitting two. Roach scored only three in the second half after hard drives to the basket produced 14 points on layups and free throws in the first half.

The Wildcats made runs of 8-0 and 9-0 in the second half before seven minutes were gone, the latter giving them a seven-point lead. Even so, they could not shake Texas. A long 3-pointer by Stokes with 4:30 left gave them their second seven-point lead of the half.

Texas, trying to cut the deficit to two with 3:02 left, used too much of the 30-second shot clock, Jaxson Hayes' basket ruled to be too late after the officials went to replay.

Sneed, a junior, and Brown, a senior, combined to make four free throws during the final 1:26.

"We're an experienced team," Brown said. "Experience allowed us to stay poised."

BIG PICTURE

Kansas State: The Wildcats maintained their hold on first place in the Big 12 standings. One reason is a 5-1 record on the road in conference games, an area in which they have improved the last three seasons. They are 13-11 in Big 12 road games since the beginning of 2016-17. In the previous two seasons they were 2-16 in Big 12 road games. Kansas State did get a break when Baylor was missing two starting guards, including leading scorer Makai Mason, on Saturday.

Kansas State played without guard Cartier Diarra, its top reserve who recently suffered a broken finger on his shooting hand that will require surgery. He's out indefinitely.

"A freak accident," Weber said without elaborating.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Kansas State, No. 12 in the preseason poll, finally made it back into the rankings this week at No. 18 after dropping out on Dec. 17 after a six-week residency. The Wildcats did nothing to hurt their cause against Texas.

THE STREAK

Kansas State's nine-game Big 12 winning streak is its longest in conference play since 1974, when the Wildcats won 11 in a row playing in the Big Eight.

UP NEXT

Kansas State hosts Iowa State on Saturday. The Wildcats beat the Cyclones 58-57 on Jan. 12 in Ames. Barry Brown Jr. hit the game winning driving shot with four seconds remaining.

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