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Longhorns' 7 Game Win Streak Ends

Updated: Saturday, February 8 2014, 10:14 PM CST

Texas coach Rick Barnes understands how imperative the latter half of the conference schedule is for Kansas State. His team, however, didn't receive the message.

After escaping TCU with a win on Tuesday, the Longhorns went through a hangover at the hands of the Wildcats.

With only one road win in conference play, the Wildcats needed to continue their dominance on their home court and they capitalized in almost every facet of the game.

Marcus Foster scored a career-high 34 points on 13-of-16 shooting and Kansas State beat No. 15 Texas 74-57 on Saturday, ending the Longhorns' seven-game winning streak.

"They beat us any way you can get beat," Barnes said. "Right from the beginning whether you want to talk loose balls or from turning the ball over, you are not going to win with turning the ball over 18 times. Some of it had to do with them, but a lot of it had to do with what we were doing, too."

Foster's 34 points were the most for a Kansas State freshman since Michael Beasley's 39-point performance against Kansas on March 1, 2008. Foster's previous high was 25 points against Oral Roberts on Nov. 13.

Will Spradling added nine points for the Wildcats (16-7, 6-4 Big 12) who extended their home winning streak to 12 games. The win improved coach Bruce Weber's record at Bramlage Coliseum to 29-2, 13-1 in conference games.

Isaiah Taylor had 17 points for the Longhorns (18-5, 7-3) while Connor Lammert added eight points. Texas entered the game with four players averaging in double figures.

Foster's impressive dunk off an alley-oop pass was the highlight of an opening 18-4 run for the Wildcats over the game's opening 8 minutes.

"He did not get any resistance," Barnes said. "He played terrific. As a team they did whatever they wanted to do. He did a terrific job, and they really deserved to win. The score is not really indicative of how bad they really beat us. He was terrific."

Kansas State held the Longhorns to 3-of-8 shooting with six turnovers through the 11:41 mark of the first half. Texas finished the half at 25 percent (5 of 20).

Texas' shooting percentage was its second-lowest of the season and it followed Tuesday's performance as the two worst of the season both by percentage and score.

"The big thing was the defense," Weber said. "Holding them to 32 percent and they had 18 turnovers. It allowed us to get transition points. I don't know if we've had fast breaks like that altogether all year as many as we had today."

Javan Felix and Cameron Ridley were held to only five combined field goals (5 of 19). Ridley, who scored 18 points in the team's first meeting on Jan. 21, struggled mightily in getting comfortable against the Wildcats interior.

"I was baffled by some of the things that we did," Barnes said. "We were not shooting the ball well."

Texas forward Jonathan Holmes left the game with a knee injury. The junior scored the game's first basket and attempted only two shots before leaving.

Barnes said Holmes will be evaluated when the team returns to Austin.

The 17-point first half by Foster was the best 20 minutes by any K-State player this season. He nearly outscored the Longhorns by himself as the Wildcats led 39-18 at halftime.

"Part of their execution was that they defended the way they wanted to defend and we couldn't handle it," Barnes said. "We have to give them credit for that."

Taylor, who had 15 points in the second half, helped Texas climb within 16 points with 12:15 left in the game, but the Wildcats quickly answered and pushed their lead over 20 points in less than a minute. Each of those baskets was by Foster.

"Texas is a team that makes a lot of runs," Foster said. "I just felt like they were making their run in trying to come back. I was in the right spot to make plays and my teammates found me."

Foster was the third Kansas State true freshman to score 30 points joining Beasley and Mike Evans.

After a minor injury on a hard foul forced Kansas State's Thomas Gipson to sit with 4:47 left, Foster closed his performance by hitting both free throws in place of Gipson.

-AP
Longhorns' 7 Game Win Streak Ends


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Scores & Schedules

December 19, 2014 08:05 GMT

NFL

Thursday's Game

Jacksonville 21, Tennessee 13

Saturday's Games

Philadelphia at Washington, 4:30 p.m.

San Diego at San Francisco, 8:25 p.m.

Sunday's Games

Baltimore at Houston, 1 p.m.

Detroit at Chicago, 1 p.m.

Atlanta at New Orleans, 1 p.m.

Minnesota at Miami, 1 p.m.

Cleveland at Carolina, 1 p.m.

Green Bay at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.

Kansas City at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.

New England at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m.

N.Y. Giants at St. Louis, 4:05 p.m.

Buffalo at Oakland, 4:25 p.m.

Indianapolis at Dallas, 4:25 p.m.

Seattle at Arizona, 8:30 p.m.

Monday's Game

Denver at Cincinnati, 8:30 p.m.

NBA

Thursday's Games

Chicago 103, New York 97

New Orleans 99, Houston 90

Milwaukee 108, Sacramento 107

Golden State 114, Oklahoma City 109

Friday's Games

Charlotte at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

Utah at Orlando, 7 p.m.

Washington at Miami, 7:30 p.m.

Toronto at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

Minnesota at Boston, 7:30 p.m.

Brooklyn at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m.

Chicago at Memphis, 8 p.m.

Portland at San Antonio, 8 p.m.

L.A. Clippers at Denver, 9 p.m.

Oklahoma City at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m.

NHL

Thursday's Games

Florida 2, Philadelphia 1, SO

Pittsburgh 1, Colorado 0, OT

Carolina 4, Toronto 1

Washington 5, Columbus 4, OT

Anaheim 2, Montreal 1

Los Angeles 6, St. Louis 4

San Jose 4, Edmonton 3

Friday's Games

Tampa Bay at New Jersey, 7 p.m.

Anaheim at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.

N.Y. Islanders at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

Boston at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.

Dallas at Calgary, 9 p.m.

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