No. 23 Texas Tech hands K-State another loss at home
Kyler Edwards scored a career-high 24 points as No. 23 Texas Tech defeated Kansas State 77-63 Tuesday in Manhattan, Kan. Tech held a 31-23 rebounding advantage, including 14-6 on the offensive boards, leading to a 16-6 advantage in second-chance points.
Kansas State (7-9, 0-4 Big 12), which is last in scoring in the Big 12, was held below 64 points for the sixth time in seven games (all losses).
Edwards was joined in double-figures by Davide Moretti (14 points), and Jahmi'us Ramsey and Kevin McCullar (10 points each) for Texas Tech (11-5, 2-2 Big 12). Chris Clarke led Tech with eight rebounds to go with his eight points.
K-State was led by Cartier Diarra with 19 points. Xavier Sneed added 14 and Montavious Murphy had 11.
K-State took its first -- and only -- lead 46-45 at 13:24 of the second half. From there, Texas Tech went on a 16-4 run to regain control.
Kansas State was without starting guard Mike McGuirl (concussion protocol). He was replaced by freshman DaJuan Gordon, joining fellow freshman Murphy in the starting lineup. It was the first time since the 2016 Big 12 tournament that K-State started two true freshmen. Those two freshmen -- Dean Wade and Barry Brown -- went on to help K-State reach the Elite 8 as juniors and share the Big 12 regular-season title with Texas Tech as seniors.
The first half was sloppy for both sides, as there were more turnovers (12) than field-goal attempts (nine) in the first seven minutes. The teams combined for first-half 23 turnovers.
The Cats didn't hit their first field goal until a David Sloan layup with 14:13 left in the first half, and didn't get any points until 15:47 remained in the first half when Murphy hit two free throws. Tech let Kansas State back in the game after taking a 10-0 lead to start. The Red Raiders allowed a KSU 7-0 run to draw within three points. But an 8-0 run opened up a double-digit lead and Tech held a comfortable lead the rest of the half, leading by as many as 15 points.
--Field Level Media
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