Three starters Jarrett Hart, Frank Richards, and Tim Ellis were all saluted before the game, along with reserves Blake Bauer and Josh Eilert.
It's the first top 10 opponent K-State has beaten in two
years and second in 10. The victory gives Wildcat coach Jim Wooldridge his
first regular season winning record since joining K-State four seasons ago and
couldn't have come at a better time for the Wildcats with the Big 12 Tournament
"I think will boost our confidence a little, but we knew we are a good basketball team," said Jeremiah Massey, who led K-State with a game-high 14 points and 10 rebounds. "We never thought we were going to lose. I've said many times that at the beginning of the season, I thought we could beat anybody. I'm just happy to be in the situation right now."
K-State (14-13, 6-10 Big 12) shot 58 percent from the field in the second half, a far cry from the 19 percent in the first, and sealed the victory going 14-of-16 from the free throw line in the final six minutes.
After playing to a Bramlage record-low 39 total combined
points in the first half, the Wildcats took a two-point lead with 17:13 to go
on a Tim Ellis three-pointer. However,
remaining, K-State, the first team to hold the Longhorns to under 50 points
since 2001, went on a 13-2 to take control by six.
"We need our whole team to play,"
With the win, K-State got its first back-to-back conference victories in two seasons and marks the most wins for the Wildcats since the 1998-99 season under Tom Asbury.
"It couldn't be any better," said Hart, who had eight points. "This picture perfect. All the fans, coaching staff, university have really supported me. There's a chance I wouldn't have been here. I feel I showed my character. My teammates believed in me and I believed in them."
"This big for coach too. He's more happy for us right now, but down the line is going to be big for him. He's a good coach. We've had our ups and downs this year, but we never gave up. He kept us believing."