The combination of Rodney McGruder running into early foul trouble and Texas playing far below its normal standards under coach Rick Barnes led to plenty of Kansas State basketball players having big games on Wednesday at Bramlage Coliseum.
Omari Lawrence showed what he is capable of. Thomas Gipson was strong down low. And walk-ons scored in the final moments. K-State got 45 points from its bench in an all-around effort and won going away 83-57. Here is a look back with another edition of player ratings:
Thomas Gipson – 9: Maybe Thomas Gipson should go back to coming off the bench, because he played at a very high level doing so on Wednesday. The sophomore forward, out of the starting lineup for the first time in Big 12 play, was a bully around the basket. He had 17 points, seven rebounds and a steal in just 21 minutes.
Last game: 4.5. Average: 5.9.
Angel Rodriguez – 8.5: The sophomore guard is dishing out assists and avoiding turnovers at an impressive rate. In his last four games, he has 31 assists and four turnovers. He once again made nice passes against Texas, finishing with eight assists and one turnover. He also scored 11 points and is helping K-State’s offense in many different ways. Coach Bruce Weber hopes he can start making more shots in the next few games — he was 3 for 12 against the Longhorns — but there isn’t much else to nitpick with Rodriguez right now.
Last game: 7. Average: 7.3.
Omari Lawrence — 8: This was his best game by far. The seldom-used K-State guard played big minutes in the first half with Rodney McGruder and Martavious Irving in foul trouble, and took full advantage. He finished with 12 points, six rebounds, two steals and supplied quality defense throughout. He should see more action moving forward. Oh, and in case you like weird stats, here is one for you: Lawrence had as many points in the first half (10) as South Carolina did in the first half of a blowout loss to Florida.
Last game: N/A. Average: 5.