Late Run Lifts K-State Over Texas, 66-65


Courtesy of K-State Athletics

AUSTIN, Texas – Kansas State closed on a 6-0 run and held Texas to earn a 66-65 road win over Texas on Tuesday night in Austin. The Cats won their second straight to improve to 10-7 (2-4 Big 12). Texas dropped to 13-5 (3-3 Big 12).

Texas led 65-60 following a layup by Timmy Allen. It was all K-State from there, as the Cats held Texas without a point for the final 3:32. Nijel Pack hit a jumper. Markquis Nowell knocked down a pair of free throws, and Pack’s layup with 1:13 remaining proved to be the game-winner. The Cats forced a pair of Texas misses in the closing minute to secure the road win.

Mark Smith led the way with 22 points and eight rebounds. Smith went 9-for-14 from the field. Pack added 16 on 7-for-15 shooting, while Mike McGuirl delivered 13 points off the K-State bench. The Cats were 13-for-24 (54.2 percent) from the field overall and 5-for-8 (62.5 percent) from long range in the second half.

K-State had a 28-16 advantage in paint points, a 17-6 advantage in bench points, and a 13-7 advantage in second chance points.

Texas did most of its damage at the foul line, as the Longhorns were 21-for-26 at the charity stripe. Marcus Carr had a game-high 25 points for Texas. Carr had 19 of those in the second half. Allen was the only other Texas player in double figures with 15.

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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