Longhorns lose tough battle against K-State
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — D.J. Johnson tipped in a miss by Kamau Stokes with 1.6 seconds left, then made a free throw to send Kansas State to a 64-61 win over Texas on Saturday that snapped the Wildcats’ three-game losing streak.
Johnson’s tip came after Kansas State had called a timeout with 8 seconds left to set up a final play. Stokes, who had 14 points, drove to about 12 feet for the shot and Johnson got up over two defenders to get his hand on the ball for the winning basket.
Wesley Iwundu scored 16 points and Barry Brown scored 15 for Kansas State (17-10, 6-8 Big 12), which had lost six of seven coming into the game.
Kendal Yancy scored 13 for Texas (10-17, 4-10) but also got beat to rebound on the final shot and fouled Johnson on the tip. Jarret Allen scored 12 for the Longhorns, who had rallied from nine points down early in the second half.
Kansas State led 48-39 but went nearly 8 minutes without scoring as Texas rallied before Stokes ended the drought with a 3-pointer. Andrew Jones tied it twice for Texas late, first with a 3-pointer, then a rim-rattling dunk that made it 59-59 with 1:22 left as the teams traded baskets down the stretch.
Kansas State: The Wildcats really needed the victory if they hope to push for 20 wins and get above .500 in the Big 12 with the NCAA Tournament looming.
Texas: The Longhorns took another crushing loss in an already dismal season under second-year coach Shaka Smart. The Longhorns opened the season ranked in the Top 25 but have lost seven games by three points or less.
Kansas State plays Oklahoma State at home on Wednesday.
Texas travels to No. 9 West Virginia on Monday in search of its first road win of the season.