COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Wendell Mitchell had his third 20-point performance in his last four games and Texas A&M limited Kansas State to just 23 second-half points to earn a 65-53 victory in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge Saturday afternoon.
Kansas State entered the game on a five-game win streak and held a 30-26 advantage at intermission that expanded to 33-26 when Dean Wade drilled a 3-pointer seconds into the second half.
Each team scored a quick field goal to start the second half, then settled into a scoreless lull that lasted until Mitchell hit from deep with 15:32 left to start a run of 10-straight points to put the Aggies up, 38-33. K-State broke its drought on a 3 by Cartier Diarra, but A&M went on a 6-0 run capped by a Mitchell dunk.
The Wildcats (15-5) got 15 of their 23 second-half points from beyond the arc but were just 7 of 31 from distance for the game and 20 of 61 overall (32.8 percent) from the field.
Mitchell was 4 of 6 from distance and finished with 22 points for Texas A&M (8-10).
Wade had 17 points and Diarra added 15 for Kansas State.