The #22/24 ranked Kansas State Wildcats moved to 4-3 in the conference and 15-4 overall, by taking down a struggling Texas Tech team on the road by a final of 69-47. K-State was lead by Martavious Irving who came off the bench to score a team high 16pts. Rodney McGruder pitched 13pts going 6-13 from the field.
Jordan Henriquez was back, from what turned out to be a one game suspension, for conduct detrimental to the team. Coach Martin showed that he was in no rush to get J.O. on the court, waiting until there was 2:59 remaining in the game before substituting him while Tech shot free throws. J.O. did manage to get on the board by knocking down a couple free throws and grabbing a rebound.
The final score along with who K-State’s leading scorer was gives a pretty good indication of how the game went. Tech is looking for any positives it can find right now in Big 12 play after falling to 0-7 with yet another lose. K-State was able to create 24 Tech turnovers, work the ball around on offensive and was never in a big rush to get a shot up. 11 players got in the scorebook for K-State, but oddly enough not Jamar Samuels who started and played 14 mins.
Texas Tech coach Billy Gillespie didn’t even bothering with raising his voice at his players, while Frank Martin opposite burned 1,000 calories just scowling. Tech somehow only had four players score and two of them were starters. Yes, only two starters scored. That includes two players who logged 36 and 28 mins. Ugh.
Kansas State is back in action on Saturday hosting an Oklahoma team who beat up on K-State already in Norman. OU gave Baylor all they could handle on Tuesday night before eventually running out of gas in the second half. The Cats are in a 5 game stretch where they will play the bottom half of the Big 12 standings, before turning right around to face the top 3 consecutively.