Jamar Samuels scored 15 of his 20 points
in a dominating first half and No. 10 Kansas State withstood a gut
check rally to knock off top-ranked Texas 71-62 on Monday night.
Kansas State (16-2, 3-1 Big 12) smothered Texas with its
extended man-to-man defense to overcome a 1-for-12 effort from
3-point range and held on to beat a No. 1 team for the third time
in school history.
Curtis Kelly scored 17 points and freshman Rodney McGruder
chipped in 11 key points for the Wildcats, who used a late 11-1 run
to take control in their record 14th straight win at Bramlage
Texas (17-1, 3-0) trailed by 14 points in the first half, made a
run early in the second, couldn't keep it going in its second week
ever at No. 1. The loss leaves No. 2 Kentucky (18-0) as the lone
unbeaten team in Division I.
Avery Bradley had 11 points for the Longhorns, who shot 36
percent from the field following a season-low 35 percent against
Texas had passed every test on the way to its first No. 1
The Longhorns beat North Carolina at Cowboys Stadium, Michigan
State in Austin, and pulled out a tougher-than-expected road win
against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. It was a tough first week as the
nation's top-ranked team against Iowa State and Texas A&M, but
Texas still won both.
Monday's game represented the Longhorns' toughest task so far:
on the road in a juiced arena against a top 10 team.
They didn't seem ready for it.
Uncharacteristically frazzled, Texas struggled against Kansas
State's pressure and its own indecisiveness, shooting 10 of 33 from
the field with 11 turnovers to trail by 10 at the half.
Kansas State fans were certainly ready, lining up outside
Bramlage Coliseum hours before the game, many sporting fake Abraham
Lincoln beards - a school giveaway - and "Fear the Beard"
T-shirts in homage to the fuzzy growth under junior guard Jacob
Pullen's jaw line.
Pullen joined in the fun, too, trotting out to warmups with a
faux Lincoln before revealing the real thing.
The Wildcats fed off the facial-fuzz energy early, using their
aggressive defense to hound the Longhorns into turnovers and
Texas managed to keep it close for a little while before Kansas
State put together the kind of run the Longhorns usually snuff out
opponents with: 18-4.
Samuels was the key, slashing inside on drives and putbacks,
capping the spurt with a 3-pointer that put the Wildcats up 36-22.
Of course, being the top-ranked team in the country, Texas had
an answer, scoring eight quick points in the second half to cut a
10-point deficit to 36-34.
A back-and-forth battle followed until Kansas State went on the
11-1 run to go up 62-52, then set off pandemonium in the Little
Apple by hitting just enough free throws down the stretch.