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.
Shane Southwell – 7.5: Nothing flashy here. Just 30 solid minutes of basketball. Southwell had eight points, four assists and three steals. He got involved in ways he hasn’t this season, and helped K-State build a big lead.
Last game: 7. Average: 7.7.
Will Spradling – 7: His five points and four rebounds don’t seem like much until you consider he did it with a broken nose.
Last game: 8.5. Average: 6.4.
Jordan Henriquez – 7: Another reason Gipson should come off the bench, Henriquez played well as a member of the starting lineup. He had seven points, four rebounds and a block in 14 minutes. He also showed nice hands under the basket, catching touch passes from teammates and converting them into easy points.
Last game: 5. Average: 6.6.
Martavious Irving – 6: This was Irving’s chance to play extended minutes with Rodney McGruder in early foul trouble, but he was unable to stay on the court because of foul concerns himself. Irving looked good when he was on the floor, spreading the ball around for three assists and scoring six points, but he definitely could have done more.
Last game: 6.5. Average: 6.3.
Rodney McGruder – 5: McGruder can’t be at his best every night. That goes against the law of averages. The senior wing was arguably at his worst against Texas, committing two quick fouls and never factoring into the game. He still managed to score seven points when he was on the court, though.
Last game: 7. Average: 8.
Nino Williams – 5: His role has diminished since Big 12 play began, but Williams is still contributing. He had five points and two rebounds against Texas.
Last game: 6. Average: 4.9.
D.J. Johnson – 3: K-State coaches didn’t use him as much as they did against Iowa State. He saw 7 minutes of action and scored on point.
Last game: 6. Average: 4.5.