No. 13 Kansas State vs. Texas final score: Wildcats keep pace in Big 12 with 81-69 win

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Kansas State pulled back into a tie with Kansas for first place in the Big 12 with an 81-69 win over Texas Saturday night in Austin.

Rodney McGruder had 20 points and Shane Southwell knocked down three threes as the No. 13 Kansas State Wildcats defeated the Texas Longhorns 81-69 Saturday night in Austin, Texas.

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The win keeps Kansas State in a first-place tie with Kansas in the Big 12 as the Wildcats aim for the conference regular-season title.

The Wildcats shot a blistering 9-18 from three and controlled the game from the start, jumping out to an 11-4 lead and never looking back. Angel Rodriguez had 16 points and Thomas Gipson added ten off the bench for Kansas State.

Texas, which drops to an uncharacteristic 12-15 with the loss, got 24 points from Myck Kabongo to lead the way. Sheldon McClellan was also in double figures with 15 points.

This was the third win in a row for Kansas State and the Wildcats' seventh in their last eight. Their only loss in that stretch was an 83-62 blowout at the hands of Kansas. Kansas State next hosts Texas Tech on Feb. 25 and the Longhorns will host Oklahoma on Feb. 27.

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