“I told the guys after that I wish I had some magical words to make them feel better,” Kansas State coach Bruce Weber said. “We played against one of the best teams in the country and they played at a high level.”
Nijel Pack scored 22 points and McGuirl had 18 for the Wildcats.
Texas’ Matt Coleman III missed a dunk after a steal by Jones in the final minute but converted four straight free throws down the stretch.
“I think we are learning how to win again,” Smart said. “That was a big emphasis coming into today.”
The Longhorns tied a season high with 13 3-pointers, making their first six attempts and finishing at 56.5% from beyond the arc. Kansas State was also solid from 3-point range, making 9 of 22 (40.9%), and both teams shot 26 for 51 (51%) overall.
“I was really leaning on my teammates lately after quarantine,” Jones said. “I feel like individually I’ve been doing well scoring, but no wins. So, I’m trying to get everyone involved because I just want to win.”
Brown was limited by foul trouble in the second half. He was given a technical early in the period for his fourth foul.