K-State defeats Texas A&M, 76-70
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas State Wildcats got their 20th win of the season on Tuesday night after beating the Texas A&M Aggies 76-70 in College Station.
The Wildcats (20-9, 9-8 Big 12) currently rank 5th in the Big 12 conference standings. K-State junior guard Rodney McGruder led the Cats with 26 points. Senior forward Jamar Samuels added a double-double for the Cats with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
Texas A&M (13-16, 4-13 Big 12) led 24-20 with 7:30 to go in the 1st half. K-State then went on an 11-0 run. The Wildcats hit eight 1st half 3-pointers and led 44-33 at the break. Late in the 2nd half, the Aggies cut the deficit to three, but never got the lead back. Junior guard Elston Turner led Texas A&M with 22 points.
This is Frank Martin’s 5th season as head coach of Kansas State. He has won at least 20 games in each of his five seasons as head coach. In 2006, he got his first 20 win season at K-State as an assistant to head coach Bob Huggins. Since 1989, the Wildcats posted only two 20 win seasons before Frank Martin stepped on campus in 2006.
The Wildcats have their eyes set on a fourth NCAA tournament bid under head coach Frank Martin. With another 20 win season under their belt, they have definitely improved their tournament resume.