January 31, 2023

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Wildcats alone in first place after victory over Texas Tech

Kansas State guard Markquis Nowell drives in in direction of the ring throughout the Okay-State males’s basketball sport vs. Oklahoma State in Bramlage Coliseum on January 10, 2023. Okay-State gained 65-57. (Archive photograph by Nichole Maryse Harris | Collegian Media Group)

In a defensive slugfest, the No. 13 Kansas State Wildcats defeated Texas Tech 68-58 as head coach Jerome Tang stays undefeated at dwelling. Moreover, Saturday losses by each Iowa State and Kansas places Okay-State in sole possession of first place within the Massive 12. 

The Crimson Raiders displayed their physicality early, with Tech out-rebounding the Wildcats throughout an 8-0 run to seize the lead. Tang and his employees adjusted throughout a timeout, hoping to regain momentum.

“I knew we had that type of resolve,” Tang mentioned. “I instructed them, ‘Hey, we’re going to attain, proper, after which it’s going to be a six possession sport. That’s a two possession sport and numerous time on the clock’ and so they mentioned ‘okay’ and so they went out and so they executed.”

Guard Markquis Nowell, coming off a quiet scoring sport towards Kansas, acquired again on observe as properly. Nowell recorded the sport’s first bucket with a 3 and ended the Crimson Raider run with one other. Shortly after, Nowell displayed his playmaking capability with one more SportsCenter High-10-worthy dish in a no-look move to heart Abayomi Iyiola for a fast layup.

“I simply attempt to come out and be aggressive … simply play my sport,” Nowell mentioned. “And after I did that, you already know, photographs was falling.”

From then on, the sport turned a defensive battle. After zero convention playtime resulting from accidents, heart David N’Guessan returned to the ground. His temporary minutes facilitated the Wildcat efforts to match the Crimson Raider dimension benefit.

“It was massive,” Johnson mentioned about N’Guessan returning. “He’s been working off the courtroom and apply and at last seeing him on the market with us, it was actual massive to get his confidence again.

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Nonetheless, Texas Tech nonetheless gave the Wildcats woes offensively. Okay-State completed the primary half on a four-minute discipline aim drought. The Crimson Raiders refused to let Okay-State have success within the paint, making the Wildcats shoot 17 of their 26 photographs from past the arc. 

Tech completed the half making 4 of their final 5 photographs, together with a half-court buzzer beater to present them a 33-28 lead. 

Nowell completed the primary half with 12 factors and was the only real Wildcat with over 4 on the break. Okay-State’s main scorer, ahead Keyontae Johnson, didn’t document a bucket. Any comeback for Okay-State would depend on Johnson to discover a groove. 

“We wanted him [Johnson],” Tang mentioned. “We instructed him, ‘Hey that you must be extra aggressive’ … as a result of him taking a troublesome shot is typically higher than any individual taking an open shot.”

Okay-State was in a position to tie the sport early however suffered one other scoring drought that Texas Tech took benefit of, taking an eight-point lead. Ahead Nae’Qwan Tomlin additionally recorded his fourth foul early within the half. This compelled Okay-State to make use of an excellent smaller lineup.

Simply as Tech seemed to be controlling the sport, Johnson and ahead Ismael Massoud led Okay-State on a 9-0 run and took a three-point lead. Okay-State, with assist from a sellout crowd, grabbed the momentum again.

That will be the ultimate momentum change of the sport as Okay-State managed the closing minutes and grew their result in double-digits. 

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Nowell tallied 23 factors, eight rebounds, and 5 assists. Johnson led the rebounding with 11 and completed with 15 factors, 13 of which got here within the second half. Massoud quietly had a formidable sport, capturing 5-6 and recording 12 factors. 

Okay-State will hit the street to Ames, Iowa, to tackle No. 12 Iowa State on Tuesday, January 21, at 8 p.m.