Costly Mistakes: Red Raiders Fall 69-47

Too many turnovers and at the wrong time cost the Red Raiders as Tech dropped its seventh straight conference game.

Mistakes have been one of the major issues for the Red Raiders, but especially mistakes at the wrong times in games allowing the opponent to break open a double-digit lead.

That was the story on Wednesday as No.22/24 Kansas State came into Lubbock and blew out Texas Tech 69-47, marking their third straight Big 12 Conference victory.

"We just got physically whipped," Tech head coach Billy Gillispie said following the loss. "I thought they played with a lot of toughness and a lot of grit for the most part but just too many errors that you can't have against a good team and errors that we just keep repeating and not finishing plays, that's the story of the game. I thought we fought hard, I thought we fought physically hard for the most part of it and I'm proud of their efforts."

The beginning of the game, like the majority of the conference games this season, started off well for the Red Raiders (7-12, 0-7 in Big 12 play) as they had a 7-6 lead six minutes and one second into the game.

But then the mistakes started kicking in and the Wildcats (15-4, 4-3) took advantage.

The Red Raiders committed seven of the team's season-high 25 turnovers in a 7:16 stretch which opened the door for Kansas State as its went on a 12-2 run opening up a 20-9 lead.

Tech tried getting back into the game with several runs, getting the closest with 2:13 left in the first half cutting the lead down to six, 23-17.

The Wildcats finished the half on a 6-3 run to take an 11-point lead into the locker room.

Coming out of the locker room, the Wildcats carried the momentum from the first half and poured it on with their biggest lead being 23 with 4:58 in the game.

Martavious Irving was the big key to success for the Wildcats as he went for 16 points marking his first double-digit performance in conference play.

Leading scorer Rodney McGruder also contributed to the cause going for 13 points and six rebounds.

Kansas State's physical defense held the Red Raiders to 47 points overall, marking the second time in conference play and this season Tech has been held to under 50 points, and cruised to its third straight conference win and 15th win of the season.

Despite getting the big win by 22 points, Kansas State head coach Frank Martin said it is tough to get these road wins especially in the Big 12.

"People take winning for granted sometimes," he said. "They think that winning is like shooting an uncontested layup in your driveway. Winning is hard. Winning at home is hard; winning on the road challenges you every single time."

For Tech, Jordan Tolbert finally broke through the double-digit barrier scoring 18, eclipsing the 10-point mark for the first time since the Oklahoma State game on January 4 when he went for 13 points.

The only other Red Raider to reach double digits was freshman Kevin Wagner, who set a new career-high scoring 16 points against the Wildcats and logging the most minutes in a game since the December 22 meeting with Oral Roberts.

Outside of Tolbert and Wagner, two players scored as Jaye Crockett went for nine points and Luke Adams went for four. The rest of the team scored no points.

With a ranked team like Kansas State coming in and the streak they were riding Tolbert said the team knew what they were getting into.

"Coach told us after the game that they were a disciplined team," he said.  "The last couple of days we had some good practices, but we haven't been doing that the whole year and they have been doing that the whole year. So we knew what to expect."

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