K-State Holds Off Colorado State, 61-56




6-5 (0-0 MWC)

8-2 (0-0 Big 12)

E. Omogo: 13pts, 14rebs, 1blk
P. Nixon: 11pts, 4rebs, 1ast
T. Daniels: 10pts, 6rebs

D. Wade: 13pts, 8rebs
J. Edwards: 12pts, 4rebs, 2asts
W. Iwundu: 11pts, 4rebs, 1blk

Colorado State 25 31 56
K-State 29 32 61

WICHITA, Kan. - Kansas State held the 11th-ranked scoring offense in the country to its lowest point total of the season as the Wildcats defeated Colorado State, 61-56, in front of 9,367 fans in the third Wichita Wildcat Classic held at INTRUST Arena on Saturday. 

K-State (8-2), which is off to its best start since the 2012-13 season, held the potent Ram offense to just 29.3 percent shooting (17-of-58), including 27.3 percent (6-of-22) from 3-point range. CSU (6-5), which ranks 12th nationally with 10.6 3-pointers per game, was held to six 3-pointers, including two in the second half.

Freshman Dean Wade led the Wildcats in both scoring (13) and rebounding (8) for the second time this season to lead three players in double figures, along senior Justin Edwards (12) and junior Wesley Iwundu (11).

Colorado State, which was playing its first game without leading scorer Gian Clavell, was led by junior Emmanuel Omogbo, who registered a double-double with a game-tying 13 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. Clavell, who was injured in practice on Thursday, ranked 23rd nationally with a 20.8-point per game average.

The Wildcats, who were playing at INTRUST Bank Arena for the first time since 2013, moved to 9-12 all-time in games played in Wichita, including 2-1 in the Wichita Wildcat Classic. 

The Basics
Final Score: Kansas State 61, Colorado State 56
Records: Kansas State 8-2, 0-0 Big 12 // Colorado State 6-5, 0-0 MWC
Attendance: 9,367
Next Game: Tuesday, Dec. 22 \\ vs. North Dakota \\ 7 p.m. CT \\ FOX Sports Kansas City

The Short Story
Kansas State held the high-scoring Colorado State to its lowest point total of the season as the Wildcats defeated the Rams, 61-56, in front of 9,367 fans in INTRUST Arena in Wichita, Kansas on Saturday.
CSU was held to 29.3 percent shooting (17-of-58), including 27.3 percent (6-of-22) from 3-point range.
K-State has now held 43 opponents to 60 points or less during Bruce Weber’s tenure, including four this season. The Wildcats are now 38-5 in those contests.
The Wildcats shot 43.1 percent (22-of-51) from the field, including a season-low 15.4 percent (2-of-13) from 3-point range. The team scored 30 of their 61 points in the paint.
Freshman Dean Wade paced three Wildcats in double figures with a game-tying 13 points to go with a team-high 8 rebounds, while senior Justin Edwards (12) and junior Wesley Iwundu (11) also scored in double figures. It marked the second time that Wade has led the team in scoring and rebounding.
K-State is now 9-12 all-time in games played in Wichita, including 2-1 in INTRUST Bank Arena.

How It Happened | First Half
The two teams combined for just two points in the first four minutes of the game…The lone bucket came from Wade and was assisted by freshman Kamau Stokes.
The Wildcats and the Rams traded baskets for much of the first half with the lead holding at one point for nine minutes. 
K-State’s largest lead came at the 4:28 mark as Wade hit a bucket to extend the lead to 24-19. 
Stokes hit a jumper with three seconds remaining, giving the Wildcats a 29-25 halftime lead. 
Wade led all scorers in the half with 13 points on 4-of-5 shooting and 5-of-6 from the charity stripe…Wade also added 7 rebounds in the first half.
The Wildcats dominated in the paint, outscoring the Rams 16-4 in the half. 

How It Happened | Second Half
K-State took an early 37-30 lead at the first media timeout of the second half.
Both teams experienced long scoring droughts as the Wildcats went 2-of-11 over two and a half minutes while the Rams were 0-of-9 over a five-minute stretch. 
An Iwundu jumper snapped the scoreless run, giving the Wildcats a 40-30 lead with 10:49 remaining.
The Rams used a 13-3 run over three minutes to cut the lead to 48-46 with 4:17 left in the contest. 
On the ensuing possession, Hurt hit a 3-pointer with 3:45 to push the lead to 51-46. 
Edwards hit three free throws in the final 18 seconds to seal the 61-56 victory for the Wildcats. Edwards scored 10 of his 12 points in the second half.

Beyond the Boxscore
Today’s contest marked the third time K-State has played in the Wichita Wildcat Classic at INTRUST Bank Arena with the Wildcats posting a 2-1 record, which includes a double-overtime 85-80 loss to West Virginia (2011) and 72-62 win over Gonzaga (2013).
K-State is now 9-12 all-time in games played in Wichita dating back to 1932.
K-State has a 54-12 record in the month of December since 2006-07 including a 20-5 mark under Bruce Weber… The Wildcats are 35-3 in home venues in December, including 16-2 under Weber. 
K-State is now 77-5 (.938) in non-conference play at home dating back to 2006-07, including 75-4 (.949) mark during the regular season… The Wildcats have won 66 of its last 69 non-conference home games.
Today’s matchup marked the 13th meeting between K-State and Colorado State… The Wildcats now lead the all-time series, 8-5… The home team is 13-0 in the series, including 8-0 by K-State.
With its 8-2 record, K-State is off to its best start since 2012-13 when the Wildcats went 8-2 to open the Weber era… The team’s 2 losses are to nationally-ranked teams from North Carolina and Texas A&M.

“When you do not have a guy (Clavell) who averages 20 points a game to go along with three or four assists, it helps us,” said head coach Bruce Weber. “I thought we got into them. Our hedges were good on the ball screen. Our weak side help was pretty good. We always talk about hands and closing out the shooters and also on getting hands up on the ball screens so they cannot make the easy pass. They are hard to defend. Overall we were pretty good, our guys were coachable. I thought Kamau (Stokes) was good on their little guy. He is a good player and he controlled him. We did a pretty good job at getting our hands up and not letting them get easy baskets.”

Up Next
K-State returns home on Tuesday, Dec. 22 with a matchup against North Dakota (5-5) at 7 p.m. CT at Bramlage Coliseum. Tickets are available starting at $10, while fans can take advantage of the Bramlage Bundle for just $20, which includes a general admission/bench ticket, $10 concessions voucher and a souvenir from the K-State Super Store. The contest will be televised on FOX Sports Kansas City (state of Kansas, Kansas City area), K-StateHD.TV and ESPN3 (outside of state of Kansas).