Lubbock, TX – The
Red Raiders were able to cut the No. 13 Wildcats lead down to three on two
occasions during Tuesday night’s meeting inside the United Spirit Arena, but in
the end Kansas State was too much registering a 68-59 victory.
Texas Tech (9-11, 2-7 in Big 12 Conference play), coming off
consecutive 15-plus turnover games, looked like a completely different team
turning over the ball only four times, a new season low, but struggled on the
boards – Wildcats outrebounding the Red Raiders 38-20.
Kansas State (18-4, 7-2) had contributions from multiple
players, four Wildcats reaching double digits, Rodney McGruder leading the way
with 18 points on 6-for-11 from the field.
Sophomore Jordan Tolbert for the fifth-consecutive game
reached the double figure mark scoring 19 on 7-for-12 shooting from the field. The
19 points also marked a new season-high for the Fort Worth native.
Along with Tolbert, Dejan Kravic and Josh Gray reached
double digits in scoring, 12 and 10, respectively, and Kravic also led the team
in rebounds registering seven in the loss.
Red Raiders are back in action on Saturday as they travel to
Waco to take on the Baylor Bears, Tech fell to Baylor on January 8, 82-48; first
tip is set for 3 p.m. inside the Ferrell Center.