Wildcats fall at Texas Tech

LUBBOCK, Texas - Cartier Martin and Lance Harris each scored 15 points, but Texas Tech proved to be too much on its home floor as the Red Raiders defeated Kansas State 70-56 Wednesday night at United Spirit Arena.

Jonathan Plefka scored a career-high 16 points and Texas Tech (13-12, 5-6) got 15 points each from Jarrius Jackson and Alan Voskuil as the Red Raiders won for the 12th time at home this season.

Kansas State (13-9, 4-7), which saw head coach Jim Wooldridge return to the bench just a week after neck surgery, hit four of its first six shots and led 9-7 in the early going.

But the Wildcats were unable to get the lid off the basket for the next eight minutes as Texas Tech used a 14-0 run to build a 21-9 lead midway through the first half.

The Red Raiders stretched their advantage to 34-20 at the break, then scored 10 of the first 13 points of the second half to lead 44-24 with just over 15 minutes to go.

Tech's lead would reach as many as 27 points on two occasions over the final 10 minutes before K-State began chipping away.

A 3-pointer by Voskuil with 2:06 to go put the Red Raiders up 70-45 before the Wildcats scored the final 11 points of the game to close the gap.

Kansas State returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 18, at 12:30 p.m. when the Wildcats host Colorado at Bramlage Coliseum. The game will be televised in the Big 12 region on ESPN Plus.


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