Balance Leads K-State Past Coppin State, 83-58




2-7 (0-2 MEAC)

7-1 (0-0 Big 12)

T. Harris: 14pts, 4rebs
J. Slyvester: 12pts, 8rebs, 2asts
C. Kessee: 11pts, 3asts, 2rebs

J. Edwards: 14pts, 6rebs, 3asts, 2stls
W. Iwundu: 14pts, 5asts, 3rebs
D. Wade: 12pts, 7rebs, 1ast

Coppin State 29 29 58
K-State 42 41 83

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Five players scored in double figures, as Kansas State improved to 7-1 on the season with an 83-58 win over Coppin State on Wednesday night before 11,409 fans at Bramlage Coliseum.

Senior Justin Edwards and junior Wesley Iwundu led the way with 14 points each, while senior Stephen Hurt and freshman Dean Wade added 12 points apiece. Junior walk-on Austin Budke posted season-highs in both points (11) and rebounds (7) off the bench.

The Wildcats have now had at least three players score in double figures in seven of eight games this season, including five players for the second time following the Columbia game on Nov. 16. 

The victory marked the fourth time this season that K-State scored at least 80 points and the first since a 93-72 win over South Dakota on Nov. 20. The team dished out a season-high 22 assists on 28 made field goals.

The defense held Coppin State (2-7) to an opponent season-low 28.8 percent shooting (19-of-66), including just 9.5 percent (2-of-21) from 3-point range. K-State has now held 42 opponents to 60 points or less in head coach Bruce Weber’s four seasons, including three this season.

The Basics
Final Score: Kansas State 83, Coppin State 58
Records: Kansas State 7-1, 0-0 Big 12 // Coppin State 2-7, 0-2 MEAC
Attendance: 11,409
Next Game: Saturday, Dec. 12 \\ at Texas A&M \\ 4:30 p.m. CT \\ SEC Network

The Short Story
Kansas State had five players score in double figures for the second time this season, as the Wildcats defeated Coppin State, 83-58, in front of 11,409 fans in Bramlage Coliseum on Wednesday.
It marked the second time this season that the Wildcats have had five players scored in double figures.
Senior Justin Edwards and junior Wesley Iwundu led all scorers with 14 points each.
Junior Austin Budke collected a season-high in points (11), rebounds (7) and minutes (20).
In all, 10 different Wildcat scored in the contest, including nine with at least one field goal.
K-State had a season-high 22 assists on 28 made field goals.
K-State moved to 7-0 this season when winning the rebounding battle.
K-State has now held 42 opponents to 60 points or less under head coach Bruce Weber
K-State moved to 29-0 all-time against teams from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference [MEAC], including 3-0 this season… The Wildcats are 7-0 all-time against Coppin State.

How It Happened | First Half
K-State jumped out to a 12-4 lead into the first media timeout. Hurt led all scorers with 7 points in the first four minutes.
A Christian Kessee jumper helped Coppin State close the gap to 21-17 with 12:24 remaining in the half. 
After the jumper, the Wildcats went on an 8-0 run over the next four minutes to extend the lead to 29-17. Edwards hit back-to-back 3-point buckets during that span. 
The Eagles again pulled within single-digits at the 4:59 mark in the first half, cutting the lead to 33-27. 
The Wildcats extended the lead yet again with a 9-2 run to take a 42-29 lead into the locker room.  
K-State connected on 48.1 percent (13-of-27) in the first half and knocked down 12-of-15 from the line.
Edwards led all scorers at the break with 12 points, while Iwundu added 9 points. 

How It Happened | Second Half
Both teams traded buckets for the first five minutes of the second half, with the lead holding at 14 points.  
Coppin State cut the lead to 50-39 with 15:50 remaining in the game, the closest it could come to K-State in the second half. 
Over the next seven minutes, the Wildcats would go on a 14-5 run to extend the lead to 64-44 with eight minutes to play. 
Junior walk-on Zach Winter scored his first points of his career with 24 seconds left in the game to give the Wildcats an 83-57 lead, their largest advantage of the game. 
Budke and Wade each scored the majority of their points in the second half, scoring 7 points apiece. 

Beyond the Boxscore
K-State has scored 80 or more points four times this season.
The Wildcats had five players score in double figures for the second time this season and the first time since all five starters scored in double-digits against Columbia on Nov. 16.
The starters have now combined for 27 of the team’s 30 double-figure scoring games.
Senior Justin Edwards has now scored in double figures in all eight games this season.
K-State won all the speciality stats, including 32-22 in points in the paint, 18-13 in points off turnovers, 18-14 in second-chance points, 11-6 in fast-break points and 26-16 in bench points.
K-State won the rebounding battle, 43-42, and moved to 7-0 when out-rebounding its opponent.
K-State is now 3-0 against teams from the MEAC this season, with previous victories coming against Maryland-Eastern Shore and South Carolina State. 


“Justin has given us a lot of everything and that is the big thing,” head coach Bruce Weber said. “He has made some threes, and he has been in the gym working at it. He hit four of the last six threes and that is positive. He and Wesley [Iwundu] have been rock solid for us and have been great leaders and consistent. We need the older guys to play well and then the young guys can just tag along.”

Up Next
K-State hits the road for the second time on Saturday, Dec. 12, as the Wildcats travel to College Station, Texas to face Texas A&M (7-2) at 4:30 p.m. The game will be televised on the SEC Network.