GAMEDAY Mens Basketball

Texas 82, Kansas State 67

AUSTIN, Texas - Kamaka Hepa scored 15 points in a rare appearance for Texas and the No. 4 Longhorns rebounded from their first Big 12 loss of the season by beating Kansas State 82-67.

Hepa, who hadn't started yet this season and had played in only three games, started in place of freshman forward Greg Brown, who was one of three Longhorns (11-2, 5-1) held out for reasons not immediately disclosed. Given his chance, Hepa made five of Texas' 12 3-pointers in the blowout.

The Longhorns broke the game open with an 18-0 run midway through the first half keyed by a burst of 3-pointers and a defensive press that rattled the Wildcats.

Andrew Jones made three 3-pointers in the half and the Longhorns turned six early Kansas State turnovers into 14 points to quickly pull away.

Both teams had depleted rosters. Kansas State had to postpone a game earlier in the week because it didn't have six health scholarship players due to COVID and injury problems, and had only nine available Saturday night. Texas was missing Brown, who is averaging 11.8 points, and top reserves Kai Jones and Brock Cunningham, forcing the Longhorns to go deep into their bench for Hepa and shooting guard Jase Febres.

Hepa, normally the Longhorns' most animated player on the bench, made two early 3-pointers, then swished two more from the left wing in the opening minutes of the second half. Febres, who hadn't played since knee surgery last March, finished with six points.

Davion Bradford led Kansas State (5-9, 1-5) with 14 points. Associated Press

January 16, 2021