Big First Half Lifts Texas Over K-State


Courtesy of K-State Athletics

A big first half lifted Texas to a 70-59 men’s basketball win on Saturday afternoon. The Longhorns improved to 16-11 overall and 6-8 in league play. The loss dropped the Cats to 9-18 (2-12 Big 12). 

The visitors took a 42-23 advantage to the halftime break. The Longhorns went 15-of-24 from the field in the first half, including five makes from long range. Courtney Ramer scored 21 of his game-high 26 points in the opening 20 minutes for Texas.

 K-State was led by Xavier Sneed’s 15 points. Makol Mawien added a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds. The Cats held a 41-28 rebounding advantage. 

 Texas finished with 19 points off K-State turnovers, and the Cats missed 13 foul shots on the day. 

 Andrew Jones and Matt Coleman III also reached double figures for Texas with 12 points each.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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