March 15, 2008

K-State loses Big 12 opener to A&M

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas State concluded a brief stay in the Big 12 Tournament with a 63-60 loss to Texas A&M late Friday night. Michael Beasley missed a short shot in the final seconds and a pair of his teammate's shot attempts couldn't find the net, either, as the Wildcats suffered a heartbreaker in front of a stunned crowd and must now wait a long two days to see if it will be another long offseason.

The Wildcats, 20-11, entered as a No. 3 seed and prior to tipoff were projected to earn their first NCAA Tournament bid since 1996. Their inability to grab the lead in the final three minutes against No. 11 Texas A&M, though, could make things interesting as the college basketball nation heads toward the selection show Sunday evening.

"The bottom line is we've won a lot more than we've lost," K-State first-year coach Frank Martin said. "We were the No. 3 seed in the Big 12 Tournament. If that's not good enough to get you into a NCAA Tournament, then you know what, something needs to be done to reprogram how the system works."

Beasley, the Big 12 Player of the Year, scored 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds, but went just 10 for 21 from the floor.

Beasley capped his night with a lay-up that rimmed out against Bryan Davis with 7.9 seconds remaining and the Wildcats trailing 61-60.

"It was a good shot, you know," Beasley said. "Coach drew up a good play and we executed. It just didn't fall."

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