MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Darren Kent scored 18 points and Kansas State beat Texas Tech 85-73 Wednesday night for its sixth straight victory, setting up a huge game on Saturday with No. 16 Kansas.
Denis Clemente had 15 points and Dominique Sutton and Jacob Pullen scored 12 each for the Wildcats (17-7, 6-4 Big 12), who've rocketed into contention in the Big 12 after losing their first four conference games.
Texas Tech (12-12, 2-7) committed seven turnovers and missed 12 of its first 14 shots while Kansas State was racing to a 30-6 lead.
Led by Nick Okorie's outside shooting, the Red Raiders finished on a 19-2 run against mostly Kansas State reserves to make the final score deceptively close.