Wade Lifts K-State Past Georgia, 68-66




6-1 (0-0 Big 12)

3-3 (0-0 SEC)

D. Wade: 17pts, 6rebs, 2asts
K. Stokes: 13pts, 1reb, 1ast
J. Edwards: 12pts, 8rebs, 3asts

Y. Maten: 20pts, 5rebs, 3blks
K. Gaines: 17pts, 5rebs
J. Frazier: 11pts, 4rebs

K-State 28 40 68
Georgia 37 29 66

ATHENS, Ga. - Freshman Dean Wade hit the game-winning jumper with 4.3 seconds left to lift Kansas State to a 68-66 win over Georgia Friday night before 6,949 fans at Stegeman Coliseum.

Wade, who scored 16 of his game-high 17 points in the second half, gave K-State (6-1) a 66-65 lead with 53 seconds left before Georgia’s Mike Edwards made 1-of-2 free throws to tie the game at 66-all 24 seconds later. After Wade’s basket, the Bulldogs’ last-chance 3-pointer was off the mark at the buzzer.

Wade knocked down 6-of-8 field goals, including 1-of-2 from long range, in the second half in just 13 minutes after missing all five of his field goals in the first half. The rookie was one of four Wildcats in double figures, as he was joined by junior Wesley Iwundu (14), fellow freshman Kamau Stokes (13) and senior Justin Edwards (12).

K-State recorded its first non-conference road victory since a 65-62 win at George Washington on Dec. 8, 2012. 

Georgia was led by sophomore Yante Maten’s game-high 20 points.

The Basics
Final Score: Kansas State 68, Georgia 66
Records: Kansas State 6-1, 0-0 Big 12 // Georgia 3-3, 0-0 SEC
Attendance: 6,949
Next Game: Wednesday, Dec. 9 \\ vs. Coppin State \\ 7 p.m. CT \\ FOX Sports Kansas City

The Short Story
Freshman Dean Wade scored a season-high 17 points, including the game-winner with six seconds left, as K-State earned a 68-66 win over Georgia on Friday night at Stegeman Coliseum.
Wade was one of four Wildcats to score in double figures, as K-State has had at least three players score in double digits in six of its seven games this season.
Joining Wade in double figures were junior Wesley Iwundu (14), freshman Kamau Stokes (13) and senior Justin Edwards (12). Edwards has now scored in double figures in all seven games this season.
Edwards had a game-high 8 rebounds to go with a game-tying 3 assists and 1 steal.
K-State’s five starters combined to score 56 of the team’s 68 points… The starting five has combined to score at least 50 points in all seven games this season.
The two teams battled through 11 lead changes and eight ties – all in the second half.
K-State connected on 39 percent (23-of-59) from the field, including 37.5 percent (6-of-16) from 3-point range, while Georgia shot 45.1 percent (23-of-51) and 30 percent (3-of-10) from long range. 
The Wildcats’ 6-1 record is the best start since also opening the 2012-13 season 6-1. 
The game completes a home-and-home series between the schools with each team winning on the others’ home court. Georgia posted a 50-46 win over K-State in Manhattan on Dec. 31, 2014.

How It Happened | First Half
Georgia jumped out a quick 9-2 lead less than three minutes into the game after hitting three of its first four field goals.
K-State slowly chipped away at the lead, using a tip-in by junior Carlbe Ervin II to close to within 13-12 at the 12:37 mark to cap an 8-2 run.
The Bulldogs responded with a 13-2 spurt to push the advantage to 26-14 with 8:04 left in the half.
Once again, the Wildcats closed the deficit to one possession at 29-26 with 3:33 before halftime, as a D.J. Johnson tip-in completed a 9-3 run.
Georgia scored eight in a row to push its lead back to 37-26 with eight seconds before halftime.
Iwundu closed the half out with a pair of free throws to put the halftime deficit at 37-28.
The Bulldogs connected on 50 percent (15-of-30) from the field in the first half, while the Wildcats shot just 34.5 percent (10-of-29). 
Edwards led seven K-State scorers with 7 points, while Stokes added 6. Georgia was led by a combined 23 points from Kenny Gaines (13) and Maten (10).

How It Happened | Second Half
Wade helped K-State start the second half hot with seven straight points of his own capped by a 3-pointer from the corner with 16:55 to play to close the deficit at 37-35.
After the Bulldogs pushed it back to 42-37, the Wildcats responded with six in a row to first tie it on a Johnson tip-in at 13:54 mark then take their first lead on a free throw by Iwundu with 13:21 to play.
The two teams went back and forth over the next few minutes trading the lead before K-State took a 56-53 lead with 6:43 to play on a free throw by Wade.
After the Wildcats extended the lead to 60-56 on a pair of free throws by Stokes, Georgia scored five in a row to re-take the lead at 61-60 with 3:32 left on the clock.
The teams would battle through three more ties and five more lead changes before Wade’s game-winner.
K-State connected on 43.3 percent (13-of-30) in the second half and held Georgia to just 38.1 percent (8-of-21) shooting, including 0-of-3 from 3-point range.
Wade scored 16 of 17 points in the second half, while Iwundu added 10 points.

Beyond the Boxscore
K-State now leads the all-time series, 2-1, with Georgia… It was the Wildcats’ first visit to the Peach State since playing at Georgia State on Nov. 29, 1999.
K-State is now 52-11 in the month of December since 2006-07, including an 18-4 mark under head coach Bruce Weber… The Wildcats are now 7-3 in true road games in that span.
K-State held a 36-35 edge on the glass and is 6-0 this season when winning the rebounding battle… The Wildcats moved to 48-12 under head coach Bruce Weber when out-rebounding their opponent.
K-State scored 18 points off of 13 Georgia turnovers and has now scored at least 16 points off of opponent miscues in five of seven games.
In just its first road game of the season, K-State equaled its entire road win total from 2014-15.

“Dean missed his first five shots and then in the second half got on a roll and then obviously a couple of big ones,” said head coach Bruce Weber. “We told him (Wade) if you don't have anything go bubble screen and pop and they had been worried about Wesley (Iwundu) getting in the lane so much that he hit Dean and he made it. It's funny because when we do last-second situations in practice, he's made big shots in practice. You have to give credit to a freshman.”

Up Next
K-State returns home on Wednesday, Dec. 9 with a matchup against Coppin State (2-3) 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).