WSU, KU win; K-State falls
By The Associated Press
By The Associated Press
Kansas 91, TCU 69
At Fort Worth, Texas, Andrew Wiggins wasn't around a year ago for one of the worst nights in Kansas basketball history.
The freshman guard heard stories from coach Bill Self, and took it upon himself to squash any TCU hopes of a repeat.
Wiggins scored 19 of his career-high 27 points in the first half and No. 8 Kansas answered last year's stunning loss by taking control early in a 91-69 victory over the Horned Frogs on Saturday night.
The Jayhawks (15-4, 6-0 Big 12) won their sixth straight game and remained the only Big 12 team without a league loss. Kansas didn't get to extend its run of wins in four straight games against ranked opponents, the first team to do that since North Carolina in 1996-97.
In their visit to Fort Worth last year, the Jayhawks became the first top-five team to lose to the Horned Frogs in a 62-55 defeat. This time, Kansas had 53 points at halftime and led by as many as 24 in the first half.
Brandon Parrish scored 15 points to lead TCU (9-10, 0-7). The Horned Frogs are the only conference team without a league win and are 2-23 in their two Big 12 seasons.
Wichita St. 78, Drake 61
At Des Moines, Iowa, Wichita State soared past yet another overwhelmed Missouri Valley Conference opponent on Saturday night.
Now the Shockers could be in line for another leap in the national polls.
Cleanthony Early scored 19 points, Ron Baker added 14 and fifth-ranked Wichita State stayed perfect with a 78-61 win over Drake.
Wichita State's latest win — combined with an ugly home loss by No. 4 Villanova to Creighton during the week and No. 3 Michigan State's home defeat against No. 21 Michigan on Saturday — could put the Shockers (21-0, 8-0 MVC) in position to leapfrog both teams on Monday.
The Shockers will have to wait until March for Michigan State or whoever else might stand in their way at another Final Four appearance.
Nick Wiggins had 11 points for the visiting Shockers, who outscored Drake 28-15 to open the second half and turn a relatively close game into a rout.
The Shockers have now won four straight by at least 15 points after an overtime scare at Missouri State two weeks ago.
Aaron Hawley had 16 points to lead Drake (11-9, 2-6), which lost for the sixth time in seven games.
Iowa St. 81, Kansas St. 75
At Ames, Iowa, three straight losses and the distraction caused by the ongoing Bubu Palo saga left No. 16 Iowa State in desperate need of some good news.
Melvin Ejim scored 20 points and Iowa State beat No. 22 Kansas State 81-75 on Saturday to snap a three-game losing streak and get back to .500 in the Big 12.
Georges Niang had 18 points and freshman Matt Thomas matched a career high with 14 for the Cyclones (15-3, 3-3 Big 12), who blew a 12-point halftime lead before putting the game away late in the second half.
Freshman Marcus Foster scored 20 points for Kansas State (14-6, 4-3), which lost consecutive games for the first time since November.
Thomas Gipson had just four points for the Wildcats.
"We had our opportunities. Again, we battled. They're a good team. We knew it would be tough to win here after they had lost three in a row," Kansas State coach Bruce Weber said.
Kansas State spent much of the afternoon allowing Iowa State to make a run and then matching it.
In the end, the Wildcats were just a couple of plays short.
Kansas State needed less than 7 minutes to erase a 46-34 first-half deficit, but Iowa State's inconsistent defense let it down. The Cyclones allowed nine points in 2 minutes, and Will Spradling's 3 tied it at 66-all with 5 minutes left.
Niang answered with a crucial 3, and Cyclones star DeAndre Kane shook off a sluggish game with a three-point play to put Iowa State ahead 72-66.
Kane finished with 10 points — his lowest total since mid-December — after shooting 3 of 12 for the second straight game.