No. 10 Texas emerges with win from tight battle at No. 7 Kansas State

Sir’Jabari Rice and Christian Bishop each scored 14 points as No. 10 Texas defeated No. 7 Kansas State 69-66 in Manhattan, Kansas, to hold onto first place in the Big 12 Conference.The Longhorns have a one-game lead on Iowa State and a two-game lead on four teams, including Kansas State.Texas (19-4, 8-2 Big 12) also got 10 points apiece from Tyrese Hunter and Marcus Carr.K-State (18-5, 6-4) was led by Keyontae Johnson with 16 points. He was joined in double figures by Desi Sills with 11 and Markquis Nowell with 10.Texas outscored K-State 14-4 to start the second half to trim an 11-point halftime deficit to just 40-39. Bishop’s traditional 3-point play gave UT a 46-45 lead — the Longhorns’ first advantage since 7-6.The Longhorns kept the lead between two and six points for the next several minutes, leading 64-62 at the final media timeout.Nowell tied it at 64 with a short jumper at the 3:08 mark. Rice put the Longhorns back in front with one of two free throws with 2:08 left. Nowell drove the lane for a short jumper with 1:01 left, giving the Wildcats a 66-65 lead.Bishop put the Longhorns back up with a bucket inside. K-State missed a couple of opportunities to retake the lead before Rice hit two free throws for the final points.