MANHATTAN, Kan. — 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.”