K-State Finishes European Tour with 68-47 Win over BBC Lausanne


LAUSANNE, Switzerland
– Sophomore Dean Wade contributed a team-high 17 points and 8 rebounds in just three quarters of work, as the Kansas State men’s basketball team wrapped up its 10-day tour of Italy and Switzerland with a 68-47 win over BBC Lausanne on Thursday night at the Vallee de la Jeunesse.

The Wildcats, who finished the tour with a 3-2 record, never trailed in the game, jumping out to a 40-19 lead at halftime before pushing their advantage to as many as 34 points (60-26) late in the third quarter. The team did not play any of its main starters and reserves in the fourth quarter, as all 15 players on the trip saw time in the contest.

“I was very happy for our players and the many K-State fans in attendance to finish off our tour with an easy win,” said head coach Bruce Weber. “At times, we played a little sloppy, but our players competed the entire game and displayed great toughness. We were very active on the defensive end and on the boards. Dean led a balanced attack in a game where everyone produced in some way. We truly appreciate the hospitality of the Lausanne Basketball Club.”

BBC Lausanne is a professional team based in Lausanne, who was recently elevated to the highest level (LNA) of the Ligue Nationale de Basket (Swiss Pro League) after winning the 2016 LNB Championship in 2016. Lausanne is about a 45-minute drive from Montreux, where the Wildcats have been staying since getting to Switzerland.

Wade was the only Wildcat to score in double figures, as he scored a team-high 17 points on 6-of-8 field goals, including 3-of-3 from 3-point range, to go with a team-best 8 rebounds. The native of St. John, Kan., averaged a team-high 6.2 rebounds during the 5-game exhibition tour, while he was second in scoring at 9.6 points per game.

Six other players scored at least 5 points in the contest, including freshman Brian Patrick, redshirt freshman Isaiah Maurice, senior Carlbe Ervin II and sophomore Barry Brown each chipping in 6 points. Senior Wesley Iwundu added 5 points on 2-of-2 shooting to go with 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals. 

Freshman Xavier Sneed, who scored in double figures in the first four exhibitions, finished the contest with 5 points on 2-of-3 field goals. Sneed finished as the Wildcats’ leading scorer for the trip at 10.4 points per game.

For the contest, K-State connected on 41.8 percent (23-of-55) of its field goals, including 38.9 percent (7-of-18) from 3-point range, to go with 40 rebounds, 11 steals and 10 assists.

Changing his opening lineup for the first time on the tour, Weber saw the Wildcats score the game’s first six points before Lausanne closed to within 8-6. However, a Wade 3-pointer ignited another 6-0 spurt to push the advantage to 14-6. After Lausanne again crept within 15-11 on four straight points, Stokes ended the first quarter with a 3-pointer to give the squad an 18-11 edge. Wade and Stokes led all Wildcats with 4 points each in the opening quarter.

Weber started sophomore Kamau Stokes, Patrick, Sneed, Maurice and senior D.J. Johnson after opening the first four exhibitions with a lineup of Ervin, Brown, Iwundu, Wade and Johnson.

K-State pushed the lead to double digits (22-12) early in the second quarter prompting Lausanne to call its first timeout. The squad didn’t relent, as consecutive 3-pointers by Wade helped start an 11-3 run en route to a 35-17 advantage. Patrick finished off the quarter with another 3-pointer and a 40-19 edge at halftime. Wade collected 9 of the team’s 22 points in the second quarter, while Iwundu dished out 4 assists to go with 2 rebounds and a steal.

K-State shot 51.9 percent (14-of-27) in the first half, including 56.3 percent (9-of-16) in the second quarter.

The momentum continued in the third quarter, as the Wildcats stretched their lead to more than 30 points. Leading 45-26 midway through the quarter, the squad rattled off 15 straight points to take its largest lead at 60-26. Ervin, Iwundu and Wade each scored 4 points in the quarter, while Wade grabbed a team-high 5 rebounds.

With K-State leading 60-29 after three quarters, Weber elected to not play any of his usual starters and main reserves in the fourth quarter, as junior Mason Schoen, redshirt freshman Pierson McAtee and freshman James Love III joined Brown and Maurice in the starting lineup. Lausanne was able to close the gap to 68-47 on the strength of an 18-8 fourth quarter. Senior Austin Budke totaled five of the team’s 8 points, including a 3-pointer.

The Wildcats concluded the sightseeing portion of their trip on Wednesday and Thursday in Switzerland, where the travel party toured Montreux, which lies on the waters of Lake Geneva. The party toured the famous Chateau de Chillon earlier on Thursday, which is a Medieval fort set on the shores of Lake Geneva.

The contest was the Wildcats’ fifth and final exhibition on its 10-day tour of Italy and Switzerland. All the exhibition have utilized FIBA (International Basketball Federation) rules, which include four 10-minute quarters and a 24-second shot clock among several variations from the college game.

“Today’s game was a great finish to an unbelievable trip,” said Weber. “We have a lot of work to do, but our players are excited to get back to Manhattan to start school and get into our workouts to prepare for what should be a fun season.”

K-State will start its return to the United States on Friday, flying from Geneva to Amsterdam to Atlanta before arriving in Kansas City early Saturday morning. The Wildcats will have a few days off before starting the Fall semester on Monday.