No. 7 Texas Tech beats Kansas State to take sole Big 12 lead

MANHATTAN, KS - FEBRUARY 10: Texas Tech Red Raiders guard Keenan Evans (12) works against Kansas State Wildcats guard Barry Brown (5) in the second half of a Big 12 matchup between the Texas Tech Red Raiders and Kansas State Wildcats on February 10, 2018 at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, KS. Texas Tech won 66-47. (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire) (Icon Sportswire via AP Images)
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MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) -- Keenan Evans scored 19 points and No. 7 Texas Tech beat Kansas State 66-47 on Saturday night to take sole possession of the Big 12 lead.

Texas Tech (21-4, 8-4) relied on strong second-half defense. After a 27-27 deadlock in the first half, the Red Raiders turned up the pressure.

In the second half, Kansas State (17-8, 6-6) had more turnovers (11) than made baskets (5) and ended up shooting just 29 percent on the night.

Dean Wade led the Wildcats with 13 points on 4-of-12 shooting.


Kansas State: Kansas State's loss keeps the Wildcats on the NCAA Tournament Bubble for now.

Texas Tech: The Red Raiders have now won six in a row.


Texas Tech has a good chance of moving into the top five after an upset-filled week.


"When they get that eight-point lead, it's like playing a team that runs the Wishbone in football. They do a good job protecting their lead, they tough, they're physical. They're one of the best defensive teams in the nation." — Bruce Weber on the Texas Tech defense.


During the current six-game winning streak, Texas Tech has held opponents to 63.3 points per game.


Texas Tech: Hosts Oklahoma on Tuesday night.

Kansas State: At Oklahoma State on Wednesday night.