College Station, TX – Rodney McGruder posted a game-high 26 points as he helped guide Kansas State to a 76-70 win over Texas A&M in Big 12 Conference play at Reed Arena.
McGruder converted 5-of-7 shots behind the three-point line for the Wildcats (20-9, 9-8 Big 12) as they won for the third time in the last four outings and picked up their fifth Big 12 road win, clinching a winning conference road record for just the second time in the last 24 seasons and the first time since the 2009-10 campaign.
Jamar Samuels registered a double-double for the Wildcats with 17 points and a game-high 11 rebounds, while Angel Rodriguez delivered 13 points and five assists for the visitors.
The Aggies (13-16, 4-13) were paced by Elston Turner, one of four starters in double figures, with 22 points as he made good on all four of his three-point tries and 8-of-9 from the floor overall. David Loubeau accounted for 13 points, Ray Turner 12 and Dash Harris 11 points and five assists as the team suffered a fourth straight setback.
A&M led by as many as seven points in the first half, but the Wildcats knocked down an impressive 57.7 percent from the floor and an even more incredible 8-of-9 behind the three-point line, en route to a 44-33 lead at the break.
In the second half KSU made a total of just eight field goals, but half of those came from beyond the arc and the team also knocked down 12-of-14 at the free-throw line to secure the six-point win.
With the victory KansasStatenow has at least 20 wins for the 25th time in school history, including the sixth consecutive campaign. Frank Martin is the first KSU head coach to direct the program to five consecutive 20-win seasons.
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