Samuels, No. 21 K-State pound Texas Tech, 94-60
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Jamar Samuels scored 22 points and Jacob Pullen added 21 to lead No. 21 Kansas State to a 94-60 victory over Texas Tech on Saturday.
Rodney McGruder added 16 points and Curtis Kelly had 12 for the Wildcats (13-5, 1-2 Big 12).
John Roberson scored 19 Texas Tech (8-10, 0-3) and Brad Reese added 11. The Red Raiders have lost their three Big 12 games by a combined 77 points, with two of those losses coming at home.
Kelly was playing his first game after serving a six-game suspension for violating NCAA rules by taking improper benefits at a Manhattan department store.
Smarting from two straight conference losses and a potential departure from the Top 25, Kansas State took out its frustration on Texas Tech and quickly put the game away.
Pullen made two 3-pointers to ignite the fast start, and the Wildcats led 17-4 with 14:27 remaining in the half. Samuels had eight points during the initial spurt.
Kelly made two dunks during an 8-0 run that gave Kansas State a 27-9 lead, and Samuels' 3-pointer with 8:34 to play in the first half stretched the lead to 32-11. The Red Raiders made only four of their first 17 shots while the Wildcats started 14 of 22.
It did not get much better for the Red Raiders. Pullen's layup capped a 7-0 run that made it 41-16, Texas Tech coach Pat Knight was called for a technical foul and K-State cruised to a 52-26 halftime lead.
Texas Tech was outscored in the half by Samuels (18 points) and Pullen (16), and the Wildcats had 16 assists on their 19 first-half baskets.
The Red Raiders never got back within 20. Pullen and Will Spradling hit consecutive 3-pointers to put the Wildcats ahead 60-31 with 16:44 remaining.
Two minutes later, McGruder's follow capped an 8-0 run that pushed the advantage to 68-35 with 13:14 to play.
K-State was able to substitute liberally after that, resting players for a quick turnaround before Monday afternoon's game at No. 15 Missouri.
K-State shot 53.1 percent from the floor and 59.1 percent from 3-point range.
The Wildcats played without junior center Freddy Asprilla, who left the team, a decision announced shortly before game time. The 6-foot-10 Asprilla, who started 13 games, averaged 4.9 points and 4.9 rebounds.