Rodney McGruder scored 20 points and No. 13 Kansas State stayed in the race for their first regular season conference championship since 1977 with an 81-69 victory over Texas on Saturday night.
Four players scored in double figures for the Wildcats (22-5, 11-3 Big 12), who share first place in the Big 12 with Kansas. Kansas State made nine 3-pointers, shooting 50 percent from long range against a Texas defense ranked first in the country in defending the perimeter.
Myck Kabongo had 24 points, the most he's scored in four games since returning from a 23-game NCAA suspension. Texas (12-15, 4-10) is 2-2 since his return, languishing near the bottom of the Big 12 in the Longhorns' worst season in 15 years under coach Rick Barnes.