The Wildcats played even with the Longhorns (15-8, 4-6) for the first eight minutes of the first half, but then went lifeless for the next eight minutes.
The Indians managed to win against the Chargers, 55-48, but did so after hitting only 12 of 22 free throws, including an 8-of-17 performance in the fourth quarter.
The Indians had to overcome a slow start that saw Manhattan (11-3, 5-2 Centennial) lead 21-12 at halftime but double its scoring total in the third quarter.
The Wildcats, who trailed by three at halftime, closed out the game by making 9 of 13 from the free-throw line, while the Longhorns (15-6, 4-6 Big 12) went cold from the field.
Kansas State’s recent history at Kansas has read like the instructions on a bottle of shampoo. Lather, rinse, repeat.
The 17th-ranked Mountaineers played 40 minutes of full-court pressure defense and forced the Wildcats into 25 turnovers on the way to a 65-59 win.
With a strong defensive performance and three players in double figures, K-State beat Oklahoma State, 63-53, at Bramlage Coliseum.
The debate team won its third state championship in four years this last weekend, taking home the first-place trophy in four-speaker debate.
Obama described himself as a “Kansas guy,” referring to his mother’s and grandparents’ Kansas heritage.
Rural won with 397 team points, with Manhattan behind at 394. Seaman took third with 297, with Emporia in last at 212.
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