Texas Basketball: 2 studs, 1 dud from messy win vs. K-State

A low-scoring affair from Texas basketball and Kansas State saw the Longhorns come out with a hard-fought six-point win at the Moody Center on Feb. 19.
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Texas basketball and head coach Rodney Terry got a gritty win at home at the Moody Center in Austin on Feb. 19 against head coach Jerome Tang and the Kansas State Wildcats. It felt like Texas had control for most of this game, but Kansas State would never go away quietly.

That has been the storyline for much of the Big 12 slate for Tang and the Wildcats. While Kansas State has dropped three games in a row and six of the last seven, many of those defeats recently were close for the Wildcats.

Dylan Disu and Dillon Mitchell lead Texas basketball to a gritty win over Kansas State

Kansas State's last three losses coming into the Texas game were by three seven points or fewer.

A big reason why this game was within single digits for Kansas State most of the way was the sloppy nature on both ends of the floor for both teams. Neither team shot the ball that well, with both shooting well under 40 percent from the field and under 30 percent from deep.

Both teams also combined for over 20 turnovers, despite playing the game at a pretty slow pace.

Nonetheless, the Longhorns showed some grit to beat Kansas State in both halves of play to get the win on Feb. 19 at home. This was an important win for the Longhorns to move closer to that 20-victory mark down the stretch during the regular season.

Texas moves to 17-9 (6-7 Big 12) on the season with the win over Kansas State. The Wildcats are 15-11 (5-8 Big 12) and have now dropped seven of their last eight games.

Here are two studs and one dud from the Longhorns' 62-56 win over Kansas State in a sloppy game at the Moody Center on Feb. 19.

Stud: Dylan Disu, C

Despite this game being as messy as it was for both teams, senior big man Dylan Disu still got his points against Kansas State. Disu has now scored at least a dozen points in nine straight games dating back to Texas's Jan. 20 win at the Moody Center over the Baylor Bears.

Disu was clutch in the second half again for the Longhorns, scoring 20 points on 5-of-11 shooting from the field. But he made most of his money tonight in scoring from the free-throw line, where he knocked down a career-high 10 free throws on 11 attempts. His free-throw shooting was clutch down the stretch to help seal the win for the Longhorns over the Wildcats.

It wasn't always perfect for Disu in this game. He missed a couple of open looks from the field in the first half, which is very rare for him to do at any point of this season.

Disu was contributing in more ways than one on both ends of the floor, though. He registered two assists and three steals as he was a consistent playmaker on each end for the Longhorns in the win over the Wildcats.

This is the fourth game in the last five that Disu has registered multiple steals and multiple assists in the same contest.

By no means was this the most impressive statistical outing from Disu on the offensive end. But he did what was needed from him for the Longhorns to get the win when it was all said and done.