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"If I were Myck, I would be upset. He came back playing as hard as he can," Barnes said. "The thing that bothers me is the effort, from the very beginning . there isn't one guy on this team that hasn't had a chance."
COLLEGE STATION (AP) Tennessee's Trae Golden watched Notre Dame's five overtime victory against Louisville earlier this month and thought there was no way he'd ever be involved in a game like that.
Big 12), the most he's scored in four games since returning from a 23 game NCAA suspension. Sheldon McClellan, who has been in and out of favor with Barnes all season, scored 15 after playing just one minute in a midweek win over TCU.
Rodney McGruder led the Wildcats with 20 points, leading four Wildcats in double figures
time since winning eight in a row in 2008.
Against Texas, Kansas State shot 50 percent from 3 point range, making nine against the team ranked No. 1 in country defending the perimeter. The Wildcats also were a blistering 20 of 22 from the free throw line to snuff out any hopes of a Texas rally. Kansas State had 19 assists on its 26 baskets, consistently whipping the ball around for the open shot, often from long range.
The Wildcats built a 29 19 lead and looked to be in complete control in the first half, but a rash of fouls sent Texas to the free throw line 22 times in the half.
The Wildcats quickly asserted control in the second half, opening a 15 point lead. Rodriguez sparked the run with an easy steal at midcourt and layup and Will Spradling was surrounded by three Texas players and still won a scramble a loose ball at their feet to set up a layup by Thomas Gipson. Southwell made two more 3 pointers and the Wildcats led 65 46 with about 10 minutes to play.
"We're trying to win a championship you know?" said Kansas State guard Angel Rodriguez, who had 16 points and six assists. "We've got to play at a high level. We've still got a couple of games. If we keep doing what we do, we should be all right."
After No. 13 Kansas State dismantled his Longhorns 81 69 Saturday night in yet another loss in the worst season in his 15 years at Texas, Barnes sounded like he's seen enough.
The Volunteers were up by one point in the fourth overtime when Golden scored four straight points to make it 85 80.
"They moved the basketball," Kansas State coach Bruce Weber said. "They were more aggressive on defense this time than the first time, we kept our composure, made the extra pass that got some easy goals."
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It was the first four overtime game for Tennessee (16 10, 8 6 Southeastern Conference), and the most extra periods the Aggies (16 11, 6 8) have played since dropping a 116 110 five overtime game to Baylor on Jan. 23, 2008.
Kansas State beat Texas by 26 points in their first meeting and came into this one with an eye on testing the Longhorns from long range. Kansas State's first three field goals were 3 pointers.
Golden scored a career high 32 points to lead Tennessee to its fifth straight win, a 93 85 victory over Texas A on Saturday in a marathon four overtime game.
The most overtimes the Volunteers had played before Saturday was three, which happened three times with the last one coming in a win over Omega Purple Watch Alabama on Dec. 12, 1979.
"We just found a way to get stops and make big plays," Martin said. "I didn't see any signs of fatigue or giving up in our guys."
Boy, was the star point guard wrong.
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He seemed to get stronger as the game progressed, and scored 15 points in the overtimes.
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Elston Turner missed a shot for A before Skylar McBee's 3 pointer pushed Tennessee's lead to 88 80. McBee made a pair of free throws with less than a minute left to pad the lead, and the Volunteers held on for the win.
"It was huge for us," Golden said of finally pulling away. "My teammates were telling me to take the game over and finish it. I was just trying to do that. Get us a win and get us back to Knoxville."
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"To come out here and play something like that is crazy," Golden said. "It got to a point in the second or third overtime where I was asking guys: 'What number of overtime is this?' It was crazy, but just something we had to push through."
Kansas State, sitting in a tie for first with No. 9 Kansas, has four games left to win its first league championship since winning the Big Eight in 1976 77. For the Longhorns, Barnes sent an ominous message that he's watching to see who has given up and who wants to fight for a future with his team.
Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin was impressed with the conditioning of his team, especially Golden, who played 56 minutes. He said Golden's conditioning has improved this season and that there was "no way" he would have been able to play that long last year.
Texas trimmed the lead to three points in the final minute before Rodriguez made two free throws and a Texas turnover set up a 3 pointer by Shane Southwell at the buzzer. Texas was trying to set up for the final shot, but Kabongo dribbled the ball off his left foot. Omari Lawrence scooped up the loose ball and passed to Southwell for the running 3 pointer that made it 40 32.
"That was big," Texas freshman Ioannis Papapetrou said. "Coach talked about it after the game. It changed the momentum. Instead of a one possession game, it was a three possession game."
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