Both offenses struggled exiting halftime, as the Kansas State (12-11, 5-5 Big 12) scored just two points over the first 5:20 and the Red Raiders needed 3:50 to make their first field goal of the half. The Wildcats, who trailed 34-26 at the break, heated up, however, trimming their deficit to one, 45-44, when Stephen Hurt hit a 3-pointer with 7:50 remaining.
The Red Raiders (12-11, 2-8 Big 12) responded with a 14-0 run over 2:46 to build a 59-44 lead with 2:28 left and ice the game.
Kansas State sophomore Marcus Foster was suspended for the game due to a violation of team rules. He entered as the team's leading scorer, averaging 14 points per game.
Thomas Gipson scored 13 points to lead the Wildcats in Foster's absence.