Kansas State Smothers Texas Tech. Wins Third Straight

(Betsy Blaney/Associated Press)

Lubbock, TX – Martavious Irving finished with 16 points on 6- of-10 shooting from the floor, leading No. 22 Kansas State to a 69-47 victory over Texas Tech on Wednesday.

Rodney McGruder scored 13 points and pulled down six boards for the Wildcats (15-4, 4-3 Big-12), who have won three consecutive games.

Jordan Tolbert scored a game-high 18 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field and pulled down eight rebounds for Texas Tech (7-12, 0-7) and Kevin Wagner added 16 points. Jaye Crockett donated nine points and five rebounds for the Red Raiders, who dropped their seventh consecutive game.

The teams traded buckets early, with Texas Tech holding a 7-6 lead six minutes in, but Kansas State countered with a 12-0 run to take an 18-7 lead with 7 1/2 minutes to play in the first half.

Texas Tech responded with a 9-4 push to get back into the game, trailing 22-16 with 3 1/2 minutes left in the opening half.

Kansas State though, closed out the first 20 minutes with a 9-4 burst of its own to lead 31-20 at the break.

Kansas State came out in the second half and continued its dominance, opening the final 20 minutes of play by outscoring the Red Raiders 16-7 to take a 47-27 lead with just over 13 minutes to play.

Texas Tech never threatened the remainder of the game, as Kansas State led by double-digits the rest of the way and cruised to the easy win.

Turnovers doomed the Red Raiders, as they turned the ball over 25 times. leading to 27 Wildcats points.

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