By Kellis Robinett
Tribune News Service
Cameron Ridley jumped into the air, extended his arms toward a lob pass from Kendal Yancy and threw down an alley-oop dunk that sent the decibel levels at the Erwin Center soaring.
It was late in the second half, and the game, much like the ball on that particularly play, was up in the air. Ridley and the Longhorns were ready for the moment and made the plays necessary to pull away for a 62-49 victory over Kansas State.
The Wildcats, playing without usual starters Nino Williams and Jevon Thomas, had no answers. Once again, they came up short on the road. Once again, their record (15-16, 8-10 Big 12) dropped below .500.
It was the final game of the regular season for both teams. K-State will next play TCU in the Big 12 Tournament. As the event's No. 8 seed, it will play No. 9 seed TCU at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at the Sprint Center. The Wildcats have not played on the opening day of the Big 12 Tournament since 2006.
They have lost seven straight road games, dropping their away record to 1-10 this season. They are 3-17 over the past two years on the road.
The Longhorns (19-12, 8-10) will be the No. 7 seed at the Big 12 Tournament and play Texas Tech on Wednesday.
They beat the Wildcats with defense on Saturday, blocking 14 shots. Jonathan Holmes led the way by blocking four shots, while Prince Ibeh and Ridley both blocked three.
Demarcus Holland led Texas with 12 points, while Connor Lammert, Holmes and Isaiah Taylor each reached double figures.
Thomas Gipson led K-State with 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Marcus Foster also added 15. No one else on the team scored more than six points.