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Tigers fall, need win to host first round -2/27/2015, 10:20 AM

Tiger women, MIAA champs, hang on -2/27/2015, 10:29 AM

Monarchs survive on senior night -2/27/2015, 12:17 PM

With KU back in control, Jayhawks prepare for 'high drama' -2/27/2015, 10:19 AM

Nino Williams takes long road to success at Kansas State -2/27/2015, 10:18 AM

Sub-state basketball pairings -2/26/2015, 10:37 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Younger part of youth movement for Railers -2/26/2015, 10:48 AM

Big 12 reprimands K-State after court-storming -2/26/2015, 10:53 AM

Hays High's top four headed to Salina -2/26/2015, 10:36 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- HDN area state qualifiers -2/26/2015, 10:48 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Porsch seeks a repeat in state finale -2/26/2015, 10:49 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Freshman Hutchinson leads young group of Redmen -2/26/2015, 10:49 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Norton steps up again to have shot at 3-2-1A state crown -2/26/2015, 10:50 AM

Shockers fight past Indiana State, set up big Saturday -2/26/2015, 10:27 AM

Rhoades back at state -- this time in 4A -2/26/2015, 10:36 AM

TMP survives Plainville -2/25/2015, 11:26 AM

K-State issues apology -2/25/2015, 10:22 AM

HHS swept at Dodge -2/25/2015, 10:22 AM

Tuesday's area prep basketball boxscores -2/25/2015, 10:21 AM

Royals still hoping for Starling to break out -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Penske revels in Logano's victory at Daytona 500 -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Wildcat's win throws a roadblock at Jayhawks -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

KBCA prep basketball rankings, Feb. 23 -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Wildcats get it done -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

No-name Hahn wins Northern Trust Open -2/23/2015, 10:24 AM

FHSU softball splits on Sunday in Minnesota -2/23/2015, 10:15 AM

Logano wins first Daytona 500 -2/23/2015, 10:15 AM

Lutz: VanVleet has another day to remember -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

VanVleet takes Wichita State's assists title in win -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

'Cats seek confidence before game with KU -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

Perry Ellis, No. 8 Kansas rebound from loss, beat TCU -2/22/2015, 12:47 PM

Baylor drills K-State -2/22/2015, 12:48 PM

Monarch girls run away from Stockton -2/22/2015, 12:38 PM

TMP wins physical game at Stockton -2/22/2015, 12:39 PM

Mathews all-state for HHS -2/22/2015, 12:48 PM

HHS wins at Garden, jumps back into WAC race -2/22/2015, 12:41 PM

Wrestling roundup -- Hays High sends four to 4A state -2/22/2015, 8:19 PM

Victoria puts together complete game in win at Ness City -2/22/2015, 12:40 PM

HHS girls fall down early, lose at Garden -2/22/2015, 12:39 PM

Earnhardt Jr. makes Duel history, Patrick qualifies -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

HHS sends relays to state -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

Tiger baseball takes two from UCM -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

Gene Stephenson says he's filed his own appeal -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

TCU takes out K-State -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

Bohuslavsky keys win for Tiger women -2/19/2015, 10:59 AM

Tiger men rally for MIAA win -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

Tiger women No. 1 in Central Region -2/18/2015, 5:04 PM

Tuesday's area prep basketball boxscores -2/18/2015, 11:22 AM

Barton's Hensley named Player of the Week -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

TMP boys win, girls fall in Great Bend -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

K-State hopes to build some momentum at TCU -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

Two in a row for HHS girls -2/18/2015, 10:47 AM

Hot early, HHS boys get win at Abilene -2/18/2015, 10:47 AM

All is possible at Daytona -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

WVU tops Jayhawks in wild finish -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Chiefs can find impact receiver in NFL draft -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Chargers set sights on LA, push San Diego officials for action on stadium -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Defense a constant for Shockers -2/17/2015, 10:26 AM

FHSU, UCM series moved to Hays -2/16/2015, 10:55 AM

KU prepares for full-court press -2/16/2015, 10:17 AM

Foster lifts Kansas State past Oklahoma on Saturday -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Three Tigers crowned MIAA champs -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Bowyer, after crash, slams qualifying format -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Phillipsburg girls knock off TMP at the buzzer -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Hays High girls snap losing skid -2/15/2015, 2:21 PM

Hays High stunned by Liberal at the buzzer -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Tiger women's streak halted at Pitt State -2/15/2015, 10:26 AM

Tiger softball 1-3 to start season -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Tiger men fall at Pitt -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Tigers drop to 0-2 with losses to Mines, Regis -2/15/2015, 1:10 AM

KU coach kicks off tour in Hays -2/13/2015, 11:10 AM

K-State guard Johnson laughs off hecklers at W. Virginia -2/13/2015, 10:13 AM

The Tigers' do-it-all Shaw -2/13/2015, 11:10 AM

Samac staying on court, providing big games for Tigers -2/13/2015, 11:09 AM

Wichita State baseball players see winning as antidote to distractions -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

Royals, Herrera agree -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

Royals purchase contract of Derek Gordon -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

KU's Ellis near 1,000 points -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

Hoxies' record just a matter of time? -2/12/2015, 3:26 PM

New coach, new season for FHSU softball -2/12/2015, 11:25 AM

Tigers look for better pitching in 2015 -2/12/2015, 10:14 AM

Shox roll to win -2/12/2015, 10:04 AM

Kansas State rally again falls short at W. Virginia -2/12/2015, 10:04 AM

FHSU wrestling rolls to dual win -2/12/2015, 10:04 AM

2015 Eight-Man All-Star rosters -2/11/2015, 11:54 AM

Indiana State backcourt thrives with new characters -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Scott City rolls over TMP -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Jayhawks cruise past Texas Tech -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Kansas State braces for Mountaineers' full-court press -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Salina Central outlasts Hays High -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Tigers' Lehman earns seventh MIAA honor -2/9/2015, 1:56 PM

FHSU's Samac earns MIAA men's honor -2/9/2015, 1:56 PM

KBCA rankings, Feb. 9 -2/9/2015, 1:47 PM

Big day for Plainville grad Dani Winters -2/9/2015, 11:24 AM

Cowboys' Forte plays through flu -2/9/2015, 10:17 AM

At KU, Smith played on scout team -2/9/2015, 10:16 AM

North Carolina coaching icon Dean Smith dies at 83 -2/8/2015, 5:19 PM

Wichita State easily beats weakened Missouri State -2/8/2015, 4:52 PM

FHSU men hold off Hornets -2/8/2015, 8:58 PM

TMP's Rhoades third in Phillipsburg -2/8/2015, 8:58 PM

Sports Scores

Tuesday

Prep basketball

Boys

Atwood 76, St. Francis 65

Dighton 62, Oberlin 47

Hillsboro 50, Goodland 47

Lakeside 42, Lincoln 32

Minneapolis 68, Russell 35

Rock Hills 42, Natoma 37

Salina Central 62, Andover 58

Salina South 62, Sacred Heart 47

Sharon Springs 75, Leoti 38

St. John's Beloit-Tipton 57, Osborne 34

Sylvan-Lucas 61, Thunder Ridge 48

Girls

Dighton 44, Atwood 11

Dodge City 71, Hays High 28

Hesston 51, Goodland 18

Hoisington 60, Victoria 46

Hoxie 65, St. Francis 13

Lincoln 33, Lakeside 26

Minneapolis 47, Otis-Bison 24

Osborne 59, Wilson 34

Sharon Springs 63, Oberlin 42

Sylvan-Lucas 43, Natoma 41 (ot)

Tescott 41, Rock Hills 33

Trego 56, Leoti 27

Thunder Ridge 33, St. John's Beloit-Tipton 30

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By Kellis Robinett

Tribune News Service

MANHATTAN -- In the final seconds of Kansas State's 70-63 victory over No. 8 Kansas on Monday at Bramlage Coliseum, when it became obvious the Wildcats were going to win, Thomas Gipson smiled and waved his arms at the student section roaring with excitement a few feet away.

He cherished the exchange, lingering near midcourt and ignoring the activity around him.

The reaction was understandable for the senior forward. He had been waiting for this all year.

A K-State basketball season filled with unusual and unpredictable results took its wildest, and most positive, turn Monday, setting off a party at midcourt the instant the final buzzer sounded.

The Wildcats (14-15, 7-9 Big 12), giving maximum effort in front of a juiced crowd, knocked off the Jayhawks (22-6, 11-4) to break a stretch of dismal play with their most uplifting victory.

They have now defeated Kansas at home in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1983, before this arena was built. K-State coach Bruce Weber pushed that parallel hard.

"We showed them video of last year," Weber said. "We made them sit on the bench and showed it to them. There were tears in my eyes. I told them, 'It is a special memory you will remember for the rest of your life. Why not make another one?' "

Gipson helped make it happen by scoring 12 points and starting the game on a hot streak that energized the building. Then, as the game went on, Nino Williams poured in 15 points and Nigel Johnson entered hero territory by scoring a career-high 20.

Before K-State took the court Monday, Weber made something clear: he said one of his players, it didn't matter who, would need to play a special game in order to give the Wildcats a shot against the favored Jayhawks.

Johnson took those words to heart, draining three-pointers without fear and aggressively attacking the basket. He made four of five shots from three, surprising KU defenders that sagged off him in the first half, and mixed things up by whizzing by them once they started playing closer.

"The environment was great, but you can easily come out and get overly excited," Johnson said. "So I just tried to stay calm, and after I saw a couple shots fall I was just playing basketball and went from there."

His production was particularly valuable given the struggles of leading scorer Marcus Foster, who scored six points on 13 shots.

"Nigel was huge," Weber said. "He came out of nowhere. He was so bad against Baylor and then so good tonight ... It feels good. We got them two years in a row. It is a big-time win for everybody."

Just about everyone wearing a K-State uniform played well. All of them played hard.

It was a winning formula the Wildcats had been working toward for weeks.

"We really didn't have anything to lose so we just came out fighting," Williams said. "They are the first-place team in the league and they get everybody's best shot. We just gave them our best shot."

The Wildcats entered the day coming off a pair of uncompetitive defeats against TCU and Baylor, and they had lost seven of their past eight games. Weber regularly complained about a lack of effort from his players.

It was a frustrating run of for everyone involved, but they bounced back in a big way against their in-state rivals.

"We just talked. We talked a lot," Weber said. "We play well here. A week ago we played Oklahoma and gave one of our best efforts. We just said, 'Hey, you have got to come together. You are going to regret it in the future if you don't. The opportunities are slipping away.' They focused on today and how they could be successful."

K-State led 31-30 at halftime, but Kansas built a 41-33 lead early in the second period. For a moment it appeared as though K-State was on its way to another disappointing loss, especially with Perry Ellis scoring a game-high 24 points.

"I would vote him (Big 12 Player of the Year)," Weber said of Ellis. "He has carried them all year."

But K-State answered back with a run of its own with Gipson hitting a pair of free throws to give the Wildcats a 55-54 lead with 8:01 remaining. They led the rest of the way, pulling ahead by enough to soak up the atmosphere before it was over.

It was a rewarding and relieving night for everyone involved.

Now the Wildcats can get back to .500 with a victory against Iowa State in their final home game on Saturday against Iowa State.

It was equally frustrating for Kansas, which lost its one-game lead in the conference standings and is now tied with Iowa State. The Jayhawks may find themselves in the unusual situation of rooting for the Wildcats later this week.

"Our league is a monster," KU coach Bill Self said. "It's not a bad thing to lose on the road. The team that plays the best the last two weeks has a good chance."

K-State doesn't have a conference championship or realistic postseason aspirations, but it will try to play equally hard as the season comes to a close.

It wants to recreate what it accomplished Monday.

"I am happy for Kansas State," Weber said. "This is one of the best environments in the country. It is great to be a part of."

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