The Cats drop their 5th game of the season (their first loss at home), as they lose to Texas Southern 56-58.
Play of the 1st Half: K-State started the game on a 9-0 run, capped by a post move score by senior Thomas Gipson. With the basket, Gipson eclipsed the 1000 point mark. He is the 26th player in K-State history to score 1000 points.
Halftime Thoughts: After the hot start, K-State struggled on the offensive end. Turnovers led to 10 fast-break points in the first half by the Tigers.
Player of the Game: Nino Williams has been a stable, consistent threat on the offensive end. He had 11 points on 4-6 from the field. He was also 3-4 from the line, where the Cats struggled (8-20 for 40%).
Game-Defining Event: Texas Southern scored 6 points in the last 15 seconds of the game, including 4 in the final second. Leading 56-52 near the end of the game, Jevon Thomas fouled Texas Southern’s Tonnie Collier on a 3 point attempt. After two made free throws, Chris Thomas rebounded the intentionally missed attempt and laid it in for two. A turnover on the following inbounds play allowed Texas Southern one final possession, which they converted with a Jason Carter 2 footer.
Up Next: The Cats limp into their final non conference game against SEC foe Georgia on New Years Eve. Tipoff is at 3pm. KSDB pregame coverage will begin at 2:45.
By: Jordan Swoyer