Men's Basketball Falls to No. 11/12 Kansas State, 66-49 in Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship Quarterfinals
March 14, 2013
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Rodney McGruder scored 24 points and sparked an 11-0 run in the second half, lifting No. 11 Kansas State past Texas 66-49 on Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament.
The Wildcats (26-6) held a 43-36 lead midway through the second half when McGruder's one-handed floater ignited the run that put the game out of reach.
Sheldon McClellan and Lewis hit back-to-back 3-pointers for Texas to cut the lead to 58-47, but that was as close as the Longhorns would get.
Longhorns point guard Myck Kabongo, who scored 24 points in Kansas State's 81-69 victory at Texas, had seven assists but was 0 for 5 from the floor and scored only two points. Since returning from a 23-game NCAA suspension, the 6-1 sophomore had led the Longhorns with nearly 16 points a game.
The Wildcats fell behind early but seized the lead when the Longhorns turned the ball over on three straight possessions and left Will Spradling all alone for a 3-pointer.
The Wildcats closed the game on an 8-0 run, including another bucket by McGruder.