January 6, 2007

K-State falls short at A&M

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Kansas State wasn't interested in talking about any moral victories after its loss to Texas A&M at Reed Arena Saturday night. Yes, the Wildcats battled the 11th-ranked Aggies back and fourth throughout the contest - the lead changed 21 times - but A&M made the plays it had to in the final minutes, knocking off K-State 69-65.

A&M (13-2, 1-0) entered the game as one of the clear favorites in the Big 12 Conference, but the Wildcats (10-5, 0-1) fully expected to hand the Aggies a loss on their home floor to open conference play.

"We returned our whole team from last year, and they returned our whole team from last year. We beat them last year," junior David Hoskins said. "We felt like we were the better team, a better team than they are, and we should have won the game."

K-State had to bounce back from a big blow early in the contest. Freshman forward Bill Walker injured his left knee with 15:18 left in the first half after being fouled on a shot attempt and never returned. Walker, who was wearing protective sleeves on both knees to start the contest, went the locker room after the injury with the help of trainers.

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