Kansas State earned a 58-45 Big 12 Conference win over No. 14 Texas Tech on Tuesday after shooting 46.3 percent from the field and limiting the Red Raiders to a season-low 32.7 percent at the Bramlage Coliseum.
The Red Raiders (15-4, 4-3 Big 12) won the first matchup against the Wildcats by a 63-57 margin on Jan. 5 in Lubbock, but have now lost three in a row with KSU (15-4, 5-2) shooting the highest percentage an opponent has this season against them. The Wildcats have won five in a row since dropping the decision at TTU.
Texas Tech trailed by eight at halftime and wouldn’t be able to cut the deficit to under six throughout the second half.
A Moretti 3-pointer made it 51-43, but besides a Culver layup with 30 seconds remaining that was all the Red Raiders were able to score against the Wildcats. TTU would go 8-for-25 (32 percent) in the second half and were only 2-for-3 at the free-throw line in the second half.
Moretti had also stopped a 7-0 run by KSU by hitting a 3-pointer with 10 minutes to play followed by two Culver free throws to cut the deficit to eight at the 9:35 mark.
Texas Tech will return to action against Arkansas at 5 p.m. on Saturday in the Big 12/SEC Challenge at the United Supermarkets Arena.