LUBBOCK, Texas (Ticker) -- It took longer than it should have, but Andre Emmett and No. 19 Texas Tech finally avenged last season's embarrassing loss to Kansas State.
Emmett scored 26 points on 10-of-15 shooting as the Red Raiders avoided a three-game losing streak and held off the scrappy Wildcats, 82-71, in a Big 12 conference matchup.
Texas Tech had lost four out of five entering Saturday's matchup with Kansas State, which handed it a 68-44 setback last season in Manhattan. Led by Emmett, it got some revenge - barely.
The Red Raiders (18-6 overall, 6-4 Big 12) threatened to pull away several times throughout the contest. They opened up a 12-point advantage with 4:20 remaining in the first half only to see the Wildcats go on an 18-9 spurt that pulled them to within 44-41 at the half.
A basket just before halftime made it a three-point game at the break, causing Red Raiders coach Bob Knight to let loose with a few choice words before he left the court.
Kansas State cut the deficit to 70-67 with 5:34 remaining, but six straight fast-break points by Texas Tech halted the comeback. The third bucket was a breakaway slam by Emmett to make the score 76-67 and effectively seal the game at the four-minute mark.
The Wildcats (11-10, 3-7) were led by Tim Ellis and Jarrett Hart, who scored 20 points apiece. Kansas State's 3-point shooting kept the game close, making an impressive 8-of-15 attempts.
The loss dropped the Wildcats to 0-8 on the road this season. They have lost 20 straight conference games, dating to a 72-67 triumph at Colorado on March 3, 2001.
Kansas State has lost four straight visits to Texas Tech. Its last win in Lubbock was on December 4, 1986.