• Key play: Thomas Gipson tipped-in a rebound that sparked a 9-0 run and put K-State ahead 31-13.
• Key stat: Omari Lawrence led K-State with 10 points.
• Key play: Rodney McGruder made a jumper to prevent Texas from getting closer than 41-28.
• Key stat: Angel Rodriguez had six assists.
Will Spradling was forced out of the game midway through the first half when he suffered a broken nose. K-State trainers took him the bench for treatment and then to the locker room for a more thorough look.
Though Wildcats coach Bruce Weber wasn’t sure what Spradling’s status will be in the days ahead, he was able to start the second half. Weber expects him to play against Oklahoma, but isn’t sure if he will require the use of a protective mask. He said Spradling will undergo more testing on Thursday.
• To say Angel Rodriguez has been on a hot-passing streak lately might be an understatement. In his last four games, the sophomore guard has 31 assists to four turnovers.
He dished out eight assists compared with one turnover on Wednesday.
Rodriguez credits some of his strong play to his mother visiting him for the past two weeks. But mainly, he is seeing the court better.
“I’m just trying to stay under control and take what the defense gives me,” Rodriguez said.
• Jordan Henriquez had a solid game in his first start since the beginning of the season. He had 7 points, four rebounds and a block.
• Weber had a little fun with Shane Southwell for diving to the floor for a loose ball. That’s something he hasn’t done much of lately. “That might have been a miracle,” Weber said. “He will be talking about that for about five years.”
• The Kansas State football team was honored at halftime, and several players addressed the crowd. Linebacker Tre Walker drew the loudest applause when he said, “You’re going to see some new stars next season.”
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