Manhattan, KS– So close, yet so far. K-State dropped a 59-55 heartbreaker last night to Kansas in Bramlage Coliseum.
K-State fought hard and stayed close the entire game but was never able to close the gap on No. 3 Kansas. The Cats were lead by Jr. Shane Southwell, who had a career game making 5 three pointers to give him 19 points and lead all players in scoring.
KU jumped out to an 18-10 lead midway through the first half and looked to be running away from the Cats until So. Angel Rodriguez breathed life into K-State and lead them on a 9-0 run, capped by a Southwell three pointer, to give K-State a 19-18 lead with 6:23 left in the half. Unfortunately for K-State, that was the last time they would lead in the game. Perry Ellis answered with a layup and K-State was never able to get closer than one the rest of the game.
Missed opportunities was the story of the game for Kansas State. The Cats went 9-30 from three point range and spurned many wide open looks. Star player Rodney McGruder was 3-9 and finished the night with just 13 points. Angel Rodriguez and Will Spradling were a combined 1-10 from behind the arc, while Southwell went 5-11. K-State was able to get wide open looks for the majority of the match up but were not able to hit the shots when it counted.
Nadir Tharpe went to the line for a one and one with the Jayhawks up 3 with 26 seconds left and calmly swished both to end the Cats realistic hopes.
With the loss K-State drops to 15-3 on the season and 4-1 in Big 12 play. Next up a big road matchup with Farmageddon rival Iowa State on Saturday. K-State will need a win to keep KU within their grasp.