NCAAB Game Recap - Kansas State at Texas Tech
Wed Feb 19, 2020 9:00 PM EST

Duke
66
NCSU
88
F
Syr
66
Lou
90
F
Vill
91
DeP
71
F
Aub
55
UGA
65
F
Butl
72
Seton
74
F
Tuls
43
Hou
76
F
Samf
66
Mercer
106
F
Furm
66
ETSU
75
F
UCF
89
Cin
87
F(2OT)
ECU
73
Mem
77
F
TexAM
74
Alab
68
F
VMI
74
WCU
71
F
GaTec
86
Wake
79
F
Iona
64
Sien
65
F
Mich
60
Rut
52
F
GMas
50
Rich
65
F
Woff
79
UNCG
83
F(OT)
Army
77
LoyMD
81
F
Boston
59
Lafy
61
F
Chat
91
Citad
68
F
Leh
67
Colg
70
F
Navy
62
Amer
71
F
CenAR
68
SFA
83
F
Lamar
77
SamH
65
F
Nich
73
NWSt
69
F
SMU
72
Tul
80
F
ULMo
66
ArkSt
52
F
NDSt
77
SDak
74
F
BC
65
UVA
78
F
McNee
59
InWor
65
F
SDSt
94
N DA
83
F
TCU
56
Tex
70
F
CBap
63
UMKC
69
F
IlSt
69
LoyIL
84
F
Valpa
75
Drake
77
F(OT)
MOSt
79
Brad
83
F(OT)
Ford
49
LaSal
58
F
GrgWas
70
Duques
67
F
AbCh
82
HBU
68
F
Prov
73
GTown
63
F
KansSt
62
TxTch
69
F
Wyo
58
UtSt
78
F
SCar
76
MisSt
79
F
Ind
68
Minn
56
F
Mia-FL
102
VaTec
95
F(3OT)
Cal
66
WaSt
57
F
Bois
80
SJSU
62
F
AF
62
Fres
71
F
LongB
55
UCIrv
70
F

Feb 19, 2020, 9:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Kansas State (9-17)

27

35

62

Texas Tech (17-9)

30

39

69

Moretti, Texas Tech top K-State 69-62, stay in 3rd in Big 12
Thu Feb 20, 2020 1:49 AM

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) Davide Moretti flinched as a pass the Texas Tech guard wasn't expecting glanced off his back and bounced toward Kansas State's Cartier Diarra.

When Diarra tried to get too fancy with the ensuing breakaway dunk and clanged a windmill attempt off the rim, Moretti made the last-place Wildcats pay at the other end.

Moretti scored 18 points, including a 3-pointer after Diarra's ill-fated miss when he could have tied the score midway through the second half, and the Red Raiders beat the Wildcats 69-62 on Wednesday night.

"There's a lot of plays in the game that were momentum killers," Kansas State coach Bruce Weber said. "Moretti ... he's the closer. That dude always comes up with big shots.

"And he's such a good teammate. He lets those other guys go, but when it comes time to close, that dude is there and makes the right plays."

Freshman Jahmi'us Ramsey had 17 points to help the Red Raiders (17-9, 8-5 Big 12) keep sole possession of third place in the conference, a game ahead of No. 17 West Virginia.

Kyler Edwards scored 14 points as Texas Tech bounced back from a loss to Oklahoma State that ended a three-game winning streak and knocked them out of the Top 25 after just one week back in the poll.

"I think we understood what was at stake," Texas Tech coach Chris Beard said. "Didn't play our best game but I thought when it mattered most we kind of dug in and we had some separation."

Xavier Sneed had 15 points for the Wildcats (9-17, 2-11), whose six-game losing streak is their longest since 2005, a season after tying Texas Tech for the Big 12 regular-season championship. Sneed left late in the game with cramps.

"I thought that was one of X's best games of the year overall," Weber said. "He played to exhaustion."

Moretti finished 4 of 10 from long range and tied Edwards and Ramsey for the team lead with four assists. Edwards, who had a career-high 24 points in a win at Kansas State in January, was 5 of 9 from the field.

Moretti's 3 for a 47-42 lead after Diarra's missed dunk came not long after he had both of his steals in the game.

"It was a big-time moment," the junior from Italy said. "I thought that was the crucial moment of the game, and I think we responded pretty good after that play."

Before Diarra's ill-advised play, the junior guard and Weber had a heated exchange going into a timeout. Diarra clapped emphatically toward Weber after shouting at him, and Weber slammed a stool onto the court.

Diarra went back in the game but was benched almost immediately after the missed dunk and didn't return. Weber downplayed the exchange after the game.

"Great passion, great energy on the bench, trying to play hard, trying to get them to play at a high level," Weber said.

BIG PICTURE

Kansas State: Diarra's missed dunk came right after his nifty reverse layup had pulled the Wildcats within two. It was a symbolic moment for a team virtually assured of a losing record after three straight 20-win seasons under Weber. Kansas State is headed for its worst record in 20 years.

Texas Tech: The Red Raiders have been difficult to figure out coming off the best season in school history, which ended with a loss to Virginia in overtime in the national championship game. They'll be favored in the next three games before finishing the regular season against the Big 12's two best teams: top-ranked Baylor on the road and No. 3 Kansas at home.

LAST-MINUTE FLURRY

Antonio Gordon hit a pair of 3s just 10 seconds apart as the Wildcats trimmed a 13-point deficit with 1:37 remaining to five with 38 seconds to go. But Kansas State couldn't get any closer. Gordon had 14 points and a game-high eight rebounds.

PAIR OF 9s

Redshirt freshman guard Kevin McCullar and senior forward TJ Holyfield scored nine points apiece, while McCullar led Texas Tech with six rebounds and Holyfield added five along with Edwards.

UP NEXT

Kansas State hosts Texas and Texas Tech visits Iowa State on Saturday.

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Leaders

Kansas State PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
P. McAtee 0 0 0 0 0 0
L. Stockard 0 0 1 2 0 0
Texas Tech PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
A. Benson 0 0 0 1 0 1
T. Shannon 0 0 0 0 0 0

Team Comparison

KansSt TxTch
Points For 62 69
Field Goals 23/48-48% 23/46-50%
Three Pointers 4/17-24% 8/21-38%
Free Throws 12/19-63% 15/17-88%
Offensive Rebounds 9 7
Defensive Rebounds 16 20
Rebounds 27 28
Blocks 0 3
Steals 12 10
Turnovers 16 18
Personal Fouls 21 16
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - TxTch Leads Series 2-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Tue Jan 14 TxTch 77 @ KansSt 63 A. Savrasov 2 A. Gordon 2
Wed Feb 19 KansSt 62 @ TxTch 69 D. Gordon 4 C. Clarke 2

Game Information

Stadium: United Supermarkets Arena, Lubbock, Texas
Attendance: 14,695
Game Time: