No. 18 K-State relies on bench in rout of Texas

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 30, 2013 at 10:25 pm •  Published: January 30, 2013

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Kansas State's bench had become a popular place in the first half Wednesday night.

Rodney McGruder had taken a seat after picking up two fouls in the first 2 minutes against Texas. Martavious Irving quickly joined him. And then Will Spradling staggered in their direction after breaking his nose, blood spilling into a towel pressed tightly against his face.

Didn't seem to matter one bit, though.

The way the No. 18 Wildcats were playing, coach Bruce Weber could have grabbed the equipment manager off the end of the bench and put him into the game with the same result.

Kansas State rolled to an 83-57 victory.

"I think we were all disappointed after last week," said Weber, whose team was coming off back-to-back losses to Kansas and Iowa State. "We challenged them to play hard."

They certainly did that.

Thomas Gipson had 17 points off the bench, Omari Lawrence added a career-best 12 and Angel Rodriguez chipped in 11 points and eight assists as the Wildcats (16-4, 5-2) rolled to their most lopsided win in the series since an 87-60 victory on Dec. 8, 1971.

Suddenly, the Wildcats are back in a second-place logjam in the Big 12.

"We had two tough losses, so we had to bounce back," said Lawrence, who played 19 minutes because of the Wildcats' foul trouble. "We came out with a lot of energy today."

Not so much the Longhorns (9-11, 1-6), who committed 18 turnovers.

"They came out, they were terrific," Texas coach Rick Barnes said, "and we certainly helped them, not fighting. Not fighting their early determination, their intensity. We didn't match them from the beginning. We had chances."

Sheldon McClellan had 15 points and Jaylen Bond added 12 for the Longhorns who are still missing the ball-handling and playmaking ability of suspended guard Myck Kabongo.

Kabongo's not eligible to return until Feb. 13.

"We had a lot of turnovers. I had a lot of turnovers," McClellan said. "We've just got to do a better job of taking care of the ball."

The Longhorns, who snapped a five-game skid by beating Texas Tech last Saturday, still have not won a road game in five tries this season. They've also lost five of their last seven against the Wildcats, including three straight in Manhattan.

Kansas State tried to help them out with its early foul trouble.

McGruder couldn't believe it when he heard two quick whistles, and neither could Weber when Irving joined him on the bench. The Wildcats' first-year coach at one point got into a shouting match with officials that covered the entire width of the court.