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Texas Basketball Falls to Kansas State, 81-69

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Myck Kabongo was outstanding, but it wasn't enough.
Myck Kabongo was outstanding, but it wasn't enough.

The Kansas State Wildcats put on an offensive clinic against the Texas Longhorns in Austin, beating Rick Barnes' team 81-69. Rodney McGruder led the Wildcats with 20 points, while three other Kansas State players scored in double figures. Bruce Weber's team hit their shots, going 9-18 from three point range and 20-22 from the free throw line.

Myck Kabongo led the way for Texas, scoring 24 points on 8-12 shooting, while Sheldon McClellan put up 15 points in 24 minutes. The rest of the Longhorns struggled; McClellan and Kabongo's teammates combined to hit 8-28 from the field and 12-22 from the free throw line.

Kansas State did more than shoot over the Longhorns; they also pushed them around. Jordan Henriquez and Thomas Gipson both overpowered Texas inside, with Gibson coming off the bench to score ten points in 18 minutes.

The first half included some sloppy play by both sides. When Ioannis Papapetrou hit a three point shot with 50 seconds remaining in the first half, and Javan Felix followed up by making two free throws on the next possession, Texas looked set to go into the half down 35-32. But the next 22 seconds included a series of ugly mistakes. Felix committed a silly foul on Angel Rodriguez in the back court, and Rodriguez hit both of his free throws. Then, while playing for the last shot, Myck Kabongo dribbled the ball off of his foot, and Shane Southwell threw in a crazy runner for three points at the buzzer. Texas went into the locker room down 40-32, and the game hardly got any closer after that.

In the second half Kansas State came out firing, and the scoring of Kabongo and McClellan wasn't enough to keep pace.

As we mercifully approach the end of the season, Texas still has a few winnable games remaining. Texas next plays Oklahoma at home, before traveling to Stillwater next weekend (a game that likely isn't winnable). Then the Longhorns finish off the regular season with a Big Monday home game against the slumping Baylor Bears, followed by a trip to Texas Tech.