Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

K-State Falls Short in 71-70 Loss to No. 25 Texas

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

K-State Falls Short in 71-70 Loss to No. 25 Texas

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MANHATTAN -- Another close game against another ranked team resulted in another hard-to-swallow loss for Kansas State.

Down by eight points early in the second half -- a small deficit by K-State standards -- the Wildcats made their usual late-game charge and had a shot to win, but a 3-point shot by Dean Wade came up short and No. 25 Texas escaped with a 71-70 victory Monday at Bramlage Coliseum.

"Just a tough loss. Same song," said K-State forward D.J. Johnson.

"Groundhog Day," as coach Bruce Weber described it.

"It's a heartbreaker because for most of the game we played hard and we really wanted it," said guard Justin Edwards.

The Longhorns (18-10, 9-6 Big 12) survived with clutch plays from junior point guard Isaiah Taylor, who nailed a 3-pointer and made two free throws in the final 41 seconds for a four-point lead.

The Wildcats (15-13, 4-11) cut it to one when freshman Barry Brown made a 3-pointer with 18.4 seconds left, and they had a chance after Texas guard Javan Felix missed the front end of a one-and- one.

Wade had the ball on top of the circle and, after hesitating once, put up the 3-pointer with three seconds left that came up short.

"Dean was open," Weber said. "He could have shot it and kind of hesitated. He could have drove it and then he shot it and it was a good look. The next time he'll make that shot.

"I was hoping for him and our team that maybe one would go in or we'd get a tip-in and find a way to win, but we didn't."

Not this year as the Wildcats dropped their sixth Big 12 game by seven or fewer points, three going to overtime.

"Another heartbreaker for our kids," Weber said. "They battled and keep coming back and we had a chance."

K-State was a two-man team early with Edwards (10) and Johnson (8) combining for all the points in a 20-18 deficit. …

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