By. Trey Thomas
K-State loses second in a row with 22-point blowout.
Kansas State and Houston was far from a back-and-forth matchup, as the Cougars showed out in dominating fashion. Relentless scoring as well as stingy defense was the story of Houston this game, as the Cougars won 74-52.
Houston rolled on both ends of the floor in the first half. The Cougars offense and defense proved strong as they began the game 11-0. K-State started the game on a 0-5 run from the field, but things looked to be turning around. The Wildcats immediately went 3-3 from the field after the drought.
A 3-pointer from guard Tylor Perry put the score at 11-7. Guard Cam Carter helped put some points on the board as well, gaining nine points total for the half.
The Cougars made K-State pay for its turnovers by scoring on the other end. Houston kept showing why it is ranked fourth in the nation as it would finish the half with 41 points. K-State finished with 21, giving Houston a 20-point lead going into halftime.
The Cougars kept its foot on the gas pedal. Although they made less 3s in the second half, Houston found ways to score through the paint and mid-range.
K-State added eight more turnovers to the stat sheet, finishing the game with 10 more turnovers than Houston. Most turnovers on K-State's part turned into fastbreak points for Houston. The Cougars also outrebounded K-State while also earning a few second-chance points.
Carter’s night ended early because of fouling out, but he finished with 16 points. Guard Dai Dai Ames and forward Arthur Kaluma each ended with 11 points.
K-State will return to Bramlage seeking vengeance as it has lost back-to-back games on the road. The Wildcats and Oklahoma Sooners go head-to-head at 7 p.m. Tuesday.