K-State notebook

Wildcats’ defense frustrates Longhorns

Updated: 2014-02-09T05:32:36Z

By KELLIS ROBINETT

The Kansas City Star

First half

•  Key play: Marcus Foster hit a three-pointer that got K-State on the scoreboard.

•  Key stat: Foster scored 17 points; Texas scored 18 points.

Second half

•  Key play: Foster hit a three that stopped a Texas run and put K-State on top 53-34.

•  Key stat: Texas made 32.7 percent of its shots.

Strong defense

K-State frustrated Texas from start to finish with its defensive pressure. The Longhorns shot 32.7 percent from the field and 38.5 percent on three-pointers and turned the ball over 18 times. That led to a season-low 57 points.

The Wildcats were particularly good against Cameron Ridley, who scored five points, and Javan Felix, who made three of 12 shots.

Foster and Will Spradling seemed motivated after allowing 35 points to West Virginia guard Juwan Staten.

Texas coach Rick Barnes gave K-State credit for its strong effort, but also pointed out that the Longhorns scored 59 points in a win over TCU earlier in the week. He doesn’t think they are playing at their best.

• Nigel Johnson may have moved ahead of Jevon Thomas in K-State’s playing rotation. Johnson was on the floor for 15 minutes, while Thomas came off the bench for 3. Weber has turned to Thomas throughout Big 12 play for defense and ball handling, but he had harsh words for Thomas after a poor effort against West Virginia. Weber was also unhappy with Thomas at a recent practice. The switch didn’t affect the game. Both guards were held scoreless.

• Texas forward Jonathan Holmes, who beat K-State with a buzzer-beating three last month in Austin, played only 9 minutes Saturday because of an injured knee and left the game in the first half. Barnes said he didn’t know what Holmes’ status was moving forward and wouldn’t know until he underwent an MRI.

• Thomas Gipson led K-State with 11 rebounds.

• Will Spradling has scored eight or more points in five straight games.

• Wesley Iwundu had a career-high eight assists.

| Kellis Robinett, The Star

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