K-State beats Texas Tech 61-48 to help NCAA hopes

Kansas State senior Wesley Iwundu (25) celebrates a 3-point basket while on the bench during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Texas Tech in Manhattan, Kan., Saturday, March 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) – D.J. Johnson had 19 points in his final game at Bramlage Coliseum, helping Kansas State to a 61-48 victory over Texas Tech on Saturday and giving the Wildcats’ NCAA Tournament hopes a boost.

Fellow senior Wesley Iwundu added 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Wildcats (19-12, 8-10), who also snapped a four-game home skid and locked up the No. 6 seed for next week’s Big 12 Tournament.

That means Kansas State will have a first-round bye for the first time in three years.

Texas Tech (18-13, 6-12) may have had its own NCAA Tournament hopes dumped with its ninth straight road defeat. The Red Raiders haven’t won back-to-back games since December.

Keenan Evans and Niem Stevenson led them with 11 points apiece.

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