Red Raiders Fall to Kansas State
January 9, 1999
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) - Cortez Groves scored a game-high 16 points to lead Kansas State to an 82-63 win over Texas Tech Saturday, the Wildcats' first conference win of the season.
The Wildcats (12-4, 1-2 Big 12) took control of the game early against the Red Raiders (9-7, 1-2).
After trading baskets with Texas Tech for the first five minutes, the Wildcats went on an 11-2 run to go up 27-14.
The Red Raiders came back, closing to 29-22, but a Johnny Phillips intentional foul took Texas Tech out of the game for good.
Kansas State forward Manny Dies was going to the basket on a fast break when Phillips fouled him hard from behind. Dies sank both free throws and Chris Griffin hit a 3-pointer on the ensuing possession to put Kansas State ahead by 12.
Texas Tech couldn't trim the lead back to single digits the rest of the way.
The Wildcats led 45-32 at the break and scored the first five points of the second half to take an 18-point lead. In all, 11 players scored for the Wildcats.
Cliff Owens and James Ware led the Red Raiders with 13 points each.
The win assured Kansas State will finish with a winning record at home for the 53rd consecutive season.