Kansas State men’s basketball persevered against Texas Tech

Texas Tech forward Kevin Obanor (0) and Kansas State guard Markquis Nowell (1) go after a loose ball during their game Saturday at Bramlage Coliseum.

MANHATTAN — Jerome Tang wasn’t fooled by Texas Tech’s conference record, and neither were his Kansas State players.

The fact that they were staring at an eight-point, second-half deficit against the last-place Red Raiders was just the price of doing business in the Big 12 this season.

But the next three minutes also showed why the No. 15-ranked Wildcats find themselves alone atop the league standings and Tech is at the bottom looking up.

K-State calmly ran off 11 straight points to grab its first lead of the half, and after Texas Tech evened the score, tacked on another 10 on the way to a 68-58 victory Saturday at Bramlage Coliseum.

The Wildcats improved to 17-2 overall with a 6-1 Big 12 record, and Texas Tech, which suffered just its second double-digit conference loss, fell to 10-9 and 0-7. The fact that Kansas and Iowa State lost left K-State a game ahead of the Jayhawks, Cyclones and Texas.

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