Jamar Samuels scored 15 of his 20 points in a dominating first half and No. 10 Kansas State withstood a gut-check rally to knock off top-ranked Texas, 71-62, on Monday night in Manhattan, Kan.
Kansas State (16-2 overall, 3-1 Big 12) smothered Texas with its extended man-to-man defense to overcome a 1-for-12 effort from 3-point range and held on to beat a No. 1 team for the third time in school history.
Curtis Kelly scored 17 points, and freshman Rodney McGruder chipped in 11 key points for the Wildcats, who used a late 11-1 run to take control in their record 14th straight win at Bramlage Coliseum.
Texas (17-1, 3-1) trailed by 14 points in the first half, made a run early in the second, but couldn’t keep it going in its second week ever at No. 1. The loss leaves No. 2 Kentucky (18-0) as the lone unbeaten team in NCAA Division I.
Former Bellarmine Prep star Avery Bradley had 11 points for the Longhorns, who shot 36 percent from the field following a season-low 35 percent performance against Texas A&M.
Texas had passed every test on the way to its first No. 1 ranking.
The Longhorns beat North Carolina at Cowboys Stadium, Michigan State in Austin, and pulled out a tougher-than-expected road win against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. It was a tough first week as the nation’s top-ranked team against Iowa State and Texas A&M, but Texas still won both.