Backed by a career-high 34 points from freshman Marcus Foster, the Kansas State men’s basketball team defeated No. 15 Texas, 74-57, on Saturday in Bramlage Coliseum.
The Wildcats (16-7, 6-4 Big 12) jumped on Texas early with a 12-2 lead and then with less than six minutes to play in the first half, used a 10-0 run to go ahead 37-14. Turning the ball over just twice in the first half — and scoring 13 points off 10 Texas giveaways — the Wildcats led 39-18 at halftime.
The Longhorns (18-5, 7-3) made a run to get back into the game in the second half, getting as close as 16 points after a 13-5 run, but it wasn’t enough. Foster scored 10 of the next 15 points for the Wildcats to help K-State regain control of the game and cruise to the rout, setting up a key matchup against rival Kansas on Monday night at Bramlage.
Foster became just the third true-freshman in school history to score 30 points in a single game and the first since Michael Beasley scored 43 points in 2008.