Wildcats Drop 61-58 Battle with Texas

Posted Mar 13, 2009

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- Jacob Pullen had 21 points for Kansas State and Dexter Pittman finished with 19 points and a career-high 20 rebounds as Texas beat Kansas State 61-58 on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Conference tournament.

Pittman's three-point play with 1:14 left put Texas ahead for good at 60-58, and in the final seconds, he grabbed a critical rebound after a Kansas State miss, then hit 1-of-2 free throws with 12.1 seconds left to make it 61-58.

Denis Clemente missed a deep 3-point attempt on Kansas State's final possession and Gary Johnson rebounded for the Longhorns.

Texas (22-10) avenged a regular-season defeat at the hands of Kansas State (21-11) and solidified its NCAA tournament status, while the Wildcats -- one of a handful of bubble teams from the Big 12 -- must wait until Sunday to find out if they'll be in the NCAA tournament or receive a National Invitation Tournament berth.

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