Just call them the Comeback ‘Cats.
That was the story of the afternoon as freshman Marcus Foster led the Kansas State Wildcats with 34 points in their 74-57 win against the Texas Longhorns on Saturday in Bramlage Coliseum. It marks the sixth time he’s scored double figures in Big 12 play and the 18th time this season.
Foster, just the third, K-State freshman in history to score more than 30 points in game, also had the most points by a Wildcat since Jacob Pullen, who had 38 against Wisconsin in 2011. It is also the first time a freshman has scored more than 32 points since Michael Beasley, who had 39 in 2008.
Once again, K-State (16-6, 6-3 Big 12) showed tremendous prowess on the defensive side of the ball, allowing Texas (18-5, 7-3) only one, 2 point lead at the game’s start. The Wildcats stifled the Longhorns, holding them to a season-low of 57 points and 31 percent field shooting.
On the opposite end, the Wildcats held a 26 point lead in the second half and shot 53 percent from the field.
Around the 12 minute mark in the second half, the Longhorns had managed to chip the Wildcats down to a 16 point lead, before Foster came back with a 3-pointer and a layup, less than a minute later.
Texas freshman Isaiah Taylor contributed 17 points and three steals, while Cameron Ridley had seven rebounds and five points.
Efficiency was a key of the game, with K-State converting 26 points off the Longhorns season-high 18 turnovers and going 10 of 13 in free throws at 83 percent for the game.
Wesley Iwundu had eight points and season-highs in assists and steals, eight and three respectively. Thomas Gipson had a physical game with 11 rebounds, making double-digits rebounds for the eighth time in his career and the 12th time leading the Wildcats in rebounds this season. Will Spradling was also thorough with nine points, three assists, two rebounds and four steals.
The win marks K-State’s 12th consecutive home win and is the longest streak since the Wildcats won 14 straight in January of 2011 to 2012.
The Wildcats will host the Kansas Jayhawks on Monday, with tipoff at 8 p.m. in Bramlage.