K-State Wins Final Exhibition, 70-52




0-0 (0-0 MIAA)

0-0 (0-0 Big 12)

D. Samac: 9 pts, 4 rebs, 1 ast
C. Nicholson: 9 pts, 3 rebs, 2 asts
H. Gillum: 7 pts, 2 rebs, 1 ast

W. Iwundu: 17 pts, 6 rebs, 1 ast
J. Edwards: 14 pts, 5 rebs, 2 asts
S. Hurt: 13 pts, 7 rebs

Fort Hays State 24 28 52
K-State 37 33 70

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Junior Wesley Iwundu led three players in double figures with a game-high 17 points, as Kansas State wrapped up exhibition play with a 70-52 win over Fort Hays State on Friday night. 

K-State has now won 18 exhibition games dating back to the 2004 season. 

Seniors Justin Edwards and Stephen Hurt also scored in double figures, collecting 14 and 13 points, respectively. Walk-on junior Austin Budke added 9 points and 5 rebounds off the bench.

The Wildcats never trailed in the game after opening on 15-6 run, going 5-for-7 from the field, including 4-for-4 from behind the arc. 

The Basics
Final Score: Kansas State 70, Fort Hays State 52
Records: Kansas State 0-0, 0-0 Big 12 // Fort Hays State 0-0, 0-0 MIAA
Attendance: 11,544
Next Game: Friday, Nov. 13 \\ vs. UMES \\ 7 p.m. CT \\ FOX Sports Kansas City

The Short Story
Iwundu posted his second-straight, double-digit scoring game with 17 points as the Wildcats downed Fort Hays State, 70-52, in front of 11,544 at Bramlage Coliseum on Friday night.
K-State scored 23 points off of 19 turnovers and held a 34-14 advantage in points in the paint.
Iwundu also led the Wildcats in scoring (17), rebounds (6) and minutes (31). 
Edwards (14) and Hurt (13) posted their second straight double-digit scoring game.
Freshman Barry Brown was solid all-around with 8 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals.  

How It Happened  |  First Half
Kansas State got off to a quick start in the game, hitting three 3-pointers in the first 1:38 to give the Wildcats an early 9-0 lead. 
The Wildcats hit five of their first seven shots, including going 4-for-4 from behind the arc, taking a 15-6 lead into the first media timeout. 
K-State took its largest lead of the half at the 6:02 mark, going up 28-12 after an Iwundu layup. 
The teams traded buckets until halftime as the Wildcats entered the locker room with a 37-24 lead.
K-State connected on 46.4 percent (13-of-28) in the first half, including 44.4 percent (4-of-9) from 3-point range, while Fort Hays State shot 33.3 percent (9-of-27), including 27.3 percent (3-of-11) from long range.
Iwundu led all scorers at the break with 11 points. Edwards added 10 points of his own, as well as the team’s only blocked shot of the first half. 

How It Happened  |  Second Half
Fort Hays State opened the second half on an 8-2 run to cut the Wildcat lead to 39-34 at the 16:27 mark. 
K-State answered with an 8-0 run, including two 3-point baskets by Brown to extend the lead back to double digits, 47-34, with 13:54 remaining in the game. 
The Wildcats hit their biggest lead of the night, 70-48, with 1:30 remaining in the game, as freshman Ron Freeman connected on a jumper, his only points of the night.
Brown led all scorers in the second half with 8 points, including going 2-for-5 from 3-point range. 

Beyond the Boxscore
K-State is now 58-18 (.763) all-time in exhibition play, including 40-9 at Bramlage Coliseum.
The Wildcats have now won 18 consecutive home exhibition games dating back to 2004.
K-State is 6-0 in exhibition play under head coach Bruce Weber.
K-State is now 3-0 in exhibition play against Fort Hays State. 

“We got to get better offensively,” said head coach Bruce Weber. “I think last week was a little deceptive for our guys. We get 80-some and we were getting them off of one play, one action, one pass plays. We were getting layups or easy shots and today they played much better defense. They were physical, they scissored things and crossed things out. Once we were not open, we just froze. The first action did not work, well what do we do now? That is where we need to get better, I think. Not only next week, but to continually beat teams as we get better and better competition.”

Up Next
K-State opens up regular-season play on November 13 at 7 p.m. as it hosts Maryland-Eastern Shore at Bramlage Coliseum. Tickets are available starting at $10, while fans can take advantage of the new 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.