No. 13 Kansas State wins a rout over Texas Tech
BY Associated Press
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
2/26/13 at 6:16 AM
In Manhattan, Kan., Thomas Gipson scored 20 points, Angel Rodriguez added 16 and No. 13 Kansas State beat Texas Tech 75-55 on Monday night giving the Wildcats 12 conference wins for the first time in 40 years.
The 12 league wins are the most ever for a first-year coach at Kansas State (23-5, 12-3 Big 12) and more importantly for Bruce Weber and his team is that win keeps the Wildcats tied with No. 6 Kansas for first place in the Big 12.
Dusty Hannahs scored 14 points for the Red Raiders (9-17, 2-13) and Jaye Crockett added 13. The Wildcats did not take control until the second half, when reserve Nino Williams jump-started the Kansas State offense with 11 straight points.
With Texas Tech leading 44-42, Williams got the lead with a three-point play. He scored again after the Wildcats forced a shot-clock violation. He cashed in under the basket after a turnover. The Red Raiders tried to cool off Williams by using a 30-second timeout, but he promptly drained a jumper, giving Kansas State a 51-44 lead - the Wildcats' largest of the half to that point - with 11:50 to play.
Moments later, he snagged an offensive rebound, scored again, and then grabbed a defensive rebound.
Williams' scoring burst started the rest of his team, which continued the one-sidedness with a scalding 24-6 run. Kansas State led 66-50 with less than 4 minutes to play.
Kansas State opened the game with a 12-4 run that was capped by consecutive dunks by Rodney McGruder.
After that solid start, the Wildcats got sloppy, and the Red Raiders took advantage.
The Red Raiders climbed within 15-12 as four Kansas State players committed a turnover each in a 4-minute spurt.
A 3-pointer by Ty Nurse gave the Red Raiders their first lead of the game with 1:53 to play in the half but a buzzer-beater from the baseline by McGruder gave the Wildcats a 31-30 lead.
No. 22 Marquette 74, No. 12 Syracuse 71: Davante Gardner scored a career-high 26 points and No. 22 Marquette beat No. 12 Syracuse in Milwaukee on Monday night in a game that further tightened things at the top of the Big East.
Gardner played only 11 minutes in Marquette's 60-56 loss at Villanova on Saturday, with coach Buzz Williams saying he benched the junior center because "he played really bad."
Gardner was the exact opposite against the Orange, making all seven of his shots and converting 12 of 13 free throws in 33 minutes to pull Marquette (20-7, 11-4 Big East) moves into second place, one-half game behind No. 7 Georgetown.
C.J. Fair had 20 points for Syracuse (22-6, 10-5), which has lost three of five and dropped into a tie for fourth with No. 21 Notre Dame. No. 10 Louisville is alone in third, a game behind Georgetown.
Reserve guard Todd Mayo hit two 3-pointers during a decisive 15-2 Marquette run in the second half, and Gardner gave the Golden Eagles the lead for good at 56-55 on an 8-foot jumper in the lane with 5:05 left.
Michael Carter-Williams hit a 3-pointer with 1 second left to pull the Orange within 73-71, but Vander Blue hit a free throw with two-tenths of a second to go. Syracuse didn't get a shot off and the game ended.
Marquette made 24 of 28 free throws in the second half while Syracuse was 1 of 2.
Texas Tech forward Jaye Crockett misses a rebound to Kansas State forward Nino Williams during the second half Monday night in Manhattan, Kan. ORLIN WAGNER / Associated Press