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Road Warriors: Kansas State defeats Texas 67-64 in Austin

NCAA Basketball: Kansas State at Kansas
Dean Wade failed to score 20 points, and it doesn’t matter one bit.
Dean Wade failed to score 20 points, and it doesn’t matter one bit.

Don’t look now, but if Kansas State beats Texas in Austin next winter, they’ll even the all-time series at the Frank Erwin Center.

That potential event came about due to tonight’s clutch victory on the Longhorn home court, a 67-65 win for K-State (17-6, 6-5 Big 12) which broke a two-game skid and gave a much-needed boost to the Wildcat resume. The win leaves K-State tied with Kansas for most road Big 12 wins this season.

Dean Wade, whose streak of 20-point outings came to an end Saturday in Morgantown, didn’t get there again tonight. But his 16 points paced a Wildcat offense which got double-figure output from its entire starting five. Cartier Diarra had 13 points, Barry Brown and Xavier Sneed had 11 each, and Makol Mawien added an even ten. The last time the Cats had five players in doubles was the season opener against American.

Texas (15-9, 5-6 Big 12) led by seven twice in the first half, and held the lead for most of the game. With just under six minutes to play, Diarra popped a three to give the Wildcats the lead; a pair of layups by Diarra and Brown pushed the lead to five, which was enough cushion to survive the final few minutes.

Mo Bamba led the way for the Horns with a game-high 18 points, and notched a double with 12 boards. Eric Davis Jr. added 13 points.

To the surprise of probably nobody, Brown led K-State with 6 assists. To the surprise of pretty much everyone, he also led the team with 6 rebounds. James Love saw the most extensive action of his young career tonight, posting 15 minutes and a career-high 6 points.

Next up: a huge game at Bramlage on Saturday as seventh-ranked Texas Tech (19-4, 7-3 Big 12) drops by for a visit. A Wildcat victory would put K-State in very good position, assuming they win the games they should over the final three weeks of the season.