Turnovers doom Texas in loss to No. 18 K-State

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 30, 2013 at 10:39 pm •  Published: January 30, 2013
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MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Texas did everything it could to help Kansas State rebound — both literally and figuratively — in snapping a two-game skid Wednesday night.

The Longhorns committed 18 turnovers, allowed the 18th-ranked Wildcats to dominate on the offensive glass, and then watched them pull away early in an 83-57 rout.

"It's kind of demoralizing," said Sheldon McClellan, who had 15 points to lead Texas. "It takes the energy out of the team. That's what they wanted to do — they wanted to get rebounds. They've been getting outrebounded lately, but that wasn't the case."

Kansas State had 34 rebounds, 14 of them on the offensive end.

To Texas, it seemed like more.

"You've got a team that's having a really good year, they've lost two in a row, a team that early in the year was as good a rebounding team as there was in the country, and the last couple games they've been hurt on the boards," Texas coach Rick Barnes said. "You know it's going to be a desperate game for them, but when you're where we are, every game should be a desperate game."

Thomas Gipson had 17 points off the bench, Omari Lawrence had a career-best 12, and Angel Rodriguez added 11 points and eight assists as the Wildcats (16-4, 5-2 Big 12) built a 38-19 lead by halftime despite playing long stretches without three key players.

Rodney McGruder, the Big 12's third-leading scorer, picked up two fouls in less than 2 minutes and spent the rest of the half on the bench. Martavious Irving joined him with two fouls moments later, and Will Spradling went to the locker room after getting smacked in the head.

The Longhorns (9-11, 1-6) couldn't capitalize, committing 18 turnovers.

"I had a lot of turnovers, Julien (Lewis) had a lot of turnovers, Javan (Felix) had turnovers, so we've just got to do a better job of taking care of the ball," McClellan said.

Jaylen Bond added 12 points for Texas, most of them when the game had been decided.

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 Bruce 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.

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