• Key Play: Rodney McGruder hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to give K-State a 31-30 lead.
• Key Stat: The Wildcats had seven turnovers.
• Key Play: Nino Williams drove to the basket and made a layup to give K-State a 45-44 lead. He then reeled off nine straight points to swing momentum K-State’s way.
• Key Stat: K-State outrebounded Texas Tech 21-8.
Spradling plays through pain
Will Spradling already has played with a broken nose this season. Now he can say he has played with a bruised sternum. Spradling, a junior guard, injured his chest early against Texas on Saturday and was questionable to play against Texas Tech until he underwent a full examination in Manhattan.
Spradling only bruised his chest, so he decided to play through the pain. He scored five points and had four assists. Wildcats coach Bruce Weber considers Spradling one of the toughest players on the roster, but Weber will try giving him time to rest this week before K-State’s next game at Baylor on Saturday.
• Senior forward Jordan Henriquez missed the game in order to attend his grandmother’s funeral in New York. His grandmother passed away last week, and he spent time at home leading up to the Texas game. He re-joined the team in time to play against the Longhorns, but was unable to do the same on Monday. He is expected to practice with the Wildcats this week and return to the starting lineup on Saturday at Baylor.
• With 23 wins, Bruce Weber has tied Bob Huggins for the most wins by a K-State coach in his first season.
• K-State scored a season-high 44 points in the paint.
• Texas Tech spent a lot of time on the road leading up to Monday’s game. The Red Raiders headed straight to Manhattan after playing at Iowa State on Saturday to make sure they beat bad weather into town. “Playing two straight road games might have affected them,” Tech coach Chris Walker said. “I thought we ran out of gas.”
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