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Kansas State loses late again

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) -- Icy weather in central Kansas caused
Texas Tech to arrive late for its game against Kansas State, but
the Red Raiders were there at the end -- when it mattered most.

Curtis Marshall hit a 3-pointer with two seconds left to lift
Texas Tech to a 79-76 win over Kansas State on Wednesday night.

Tied at 73 with less than a minute to go, Jarrius Jackson hit a
3-pointer from the top of the key to give the Red Raiders the lead.
Cartier Martin answered with a deep 3 to tie the game again at 76
with 33 seconds to go, but Marshall got loose on the wing and
drained his only 3-pointer of the game.

Kansas State had one last chance, but Clent Stewart's
desperation 3-pointer banked out as time expired.

"It was a tough day for us, but it ended pretty good," said
Texas Tech coach Bob Knight, whose team's plane had to land in
Ponca City, Okla., where the Red Raiders then took vans 250 miles
to Manhattan. They arrived less than an hour before the scheduled
tip-off.

But the extra traveling didn't hamper Texas Tech's offense.
Marshall finished with 16 points to pace five players in double
figures. Ronald Ross added 18 points and seven assists for Texas
Tech (9-4, 1-1 Big 12), while Martin Zeno scored 16 points, Jackson
had 15 and Devonne Giles had 12.

Fred Peete and Jeremiah Massey each had 15 points for Kansas
State, and Cartier Martin added 14. The Wildcats (10-3, 0-2) lost
their second consecutive Big 12 game after leading late. Kansas
State lost to Nebraska in double-overtime on Saturday.

"That was a tough one. We talk all the time that in this
league, you are going to be in a lot of games like this," Kansas
State coach Jim Wooldridge said. "It was tough to come away with
the loss."

The Wildcats led most of the way, taking a 42-38 lead at
halftime. Kansas State hit 13-of-19 (68 percent) from 3-point
range, including five from Peete and four from Martin.

Kansas State also got a big lift from the bench. Lance Harris
and Tyler Hughes each added 10 points, including several baskets
late in the game.

But Texas Tech managed to stay close, taking its first lead in
nearly 20 minutes with 10:07 remaining. The teams then swapped
leads seven times down the stretch before Marshall hit the
game-winning 3.

"We just didn't get enough stops on defense," Massey said.
"Those guys made shots all game. We played terrible defense."

Kansas State shot 58 percent (28-of-48), but committed 19
turnovers resulting in 22 Texas Tech points. The Red Raiders shot
50 percent (31-of-62) from the field.

"Obviously the difference in the game tonight was turnovers,"
Wooldridge said. "We gave too many points off turnovers. That's
what won the game for them."