By: Alec Gartner
K-State came up short against No.25 Texas with a final score of 61-57. The Wildcats’ low field goal average during the game, only 31.9%, struggled to keep up with the Longhorn offense and defense. Although K-State boasted three double-digit scorers, Tre Harris, Nino Williams, and Nigel Johnson, Texas still managed to close out the game with two free throws after a missed layup by Thomas Gipson in the last ten seconds.
Halftime Thoughts: With 13:28 left in the first half of this Texas led the game, Williams made a jumper for his eighth point of the game. Thus dropping the Longhorn’s lead to only one, 11-10. However, it took ten minutes until the Wildcats could sink their next basket. With a score was 24-14, hope was all but lost for the Wildcats. The only thing keeping them in the game was their free throw percentage, 86% in the first half. Harris, subbing in for the suspended Marcus Foster, took advantage of his game time by landing three three-pointers in a row. His nine points helped the Wildcats to miraculously tie the game by halftime.
Game-Defining Event: Though free throws have been the talk of the entire season and the Cats made 76% in the game, three pointers were key against Texas. 8 of 16 on the game, the Wildcats had two shooters make 7 of the 8. Harris made four straight in the game, including one at the start of the second half. The other three came from Johnson. His ten points this game is his highest since the second game of the season against Southern Utah.
Up Next: K-State, now 12-12 for the season, will travel to Morgantown to face up against No.15 West Virginia. The Cats struggled in their last meeting with the Mountaineers only four games ago. They need to overcome West Virginia’s stingy defense and full court pressure if they want to land more than just half of their shots. Tip off will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, February 11th.