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Texas picks up first Big 12 win of the season over Kansas State, 64-50

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It is unusual to face a must-win game in January, but for Texas, Saturday’s night matchup against Kansas State certainly felt like a must-win. The Longhorns and Wildcats both entered the game with a 0-2 record in Big 12 play, and a 0-3 start would have been devastating for a Texas team that had high hopes entering the season. With their backs against the wall, the Longhorns found a way to collect their first conference win of the year, defeating the Wildcats 64-50 behind a strong defensive effort and improved shooting.

Matt Coleman led the way for a Texas offense that showed signs of life throughout the contest. The junior scored a team-high 14 points and also contributed 4 assists. Courtney Ramey and Jase Febres also reached double figures with 11 and 10 points, respectively. As a team, the Longhorns shot 49% from the field and 43.5% from deep. It was a far cry from the offensive issues that plagued Texas their previous two games against Baylor and Oklahoma.

The Longhorns turned in a strong performance on the defensive end of the floor as well, holding Kansas State to 37% from the field and forcing the Wildcats to commit 18 turnovers. In the second half, the Wildcats went the first 8 minutes without a point, allowing Texas to stretch out what was a 31-27 halftime lead to 43-27. Kansas State was ultimately unable to recover, falling to 0-3 in conference play and 7-8 overall.

The Longhorns will return to action in Stillwater on Wednesday to face another team winless in conference play, Oklahoma State. The game will tip-off at 7 PM and will be broadcasted on ESPN+.

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Jameson McCausland is originally from Frisco, Texas, where he grew up a Longhorn fan. His two favorite sports are football and baseball, both of which he covers for HornSports. He enjoys spending time with family and friends in his spare time. Jameson is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.

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