Balanced Scoring Fuels 80-61 Win over Green Bay


GAME RECAP

61

80

NR/NR
GREEN BAY
PHOENIX
3-4 (0-0 Horizon)

NR/NR
K-STATE
WILDCATS
6-1 (0-0 Big 12)

LEADERS:
T. Botz: 11pts, 3rebs, 1stl
J. Hurdle: 9pts, 5rebs, 1ast
C. Cooper: 7pts, 2rebs, 2stls

LEADERS:
B. Brown: 18pts, 4rebs, 2stls
X. Sneed: 14pts, 3rebs, 1stl
C. Ervin II: 10pts, 6rebs, 4asts, 3stls

TEAM 1ST 2ND F
Green Bay 29 32 61
K-State 37 43 80

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Led by sophomore Barry Brown's 18-point outing, four Wildcats scored in double figures as K-State’s offense had its way in an 80-61 win over Green Bay Wednesday night in front of 10,769 fans in Bramlage Coliseum.

K-State eclipsed the 80-point mark for the fourth time this season, as the Wildcats shot 56.6 percent (30-of-53) from the field and dished out 20 assists on 30 made field goals. The offensive outbreak marked the second time the team has shot 50 percent or better in both halves of a game this season.

Balanced scoring featured four Wildcats in double figures for the fourth occasion this campaign. Brown’s game-high 18 points came on 7-of-11 shooting, including 2-of-3 from long range. After his scoreless night against Maryland, freshman Xavier Sneed dropped in 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting, while senior guard Wesley Iwundu added 11 points and 5 assists. Rounding out double figure scorers, senior guard Carlbe Ervin II padded his stat sheet with a career-high 10 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals in only 18 minutes of play.

The Wildcats sped out in front in the first half, using 10 assists on 16 made field goals to shoot 55.2 percent (16-of-29) from the field en route to a 37-29 lead at intermission. K-State fared even better in the second half, shooting 58.3 percent (14-of-24), while also connecting on 11-of-16 free throws as the Wildcat lead at one point reached 23 points (60-37) midway through the half.

The Basics
Final Score: Kansas State 80, Green Bay 61
Records: Kansas State 6-1, 0-0 Big 12 // Green Bay 3-4, 0-0 Horizon League
Attendance: 10,769
Next Game: Saturday, Dec. 3 // at Saint Louis // 7 p.m. CT // FOX Sports Kansas City/Midwest Plus

The Short Story
Sophomore guard Barry Brown led an efficient offensive night for K-State as the Wildcats downed Green Bay, 80-61.
Brown scored 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting, including 2-of-3 from long range to go with 4 rebounds.
Freshman guard Xavier Sneed and senior guard Wesley Iwundu both brought down 3 boards, as Sneed was K-State’s second leading scorer with 14 points, while Iwundu added 11 points and 5 assists.
Senior guard Carlbe Ervin II filled the stat sheet with a career-high 10 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals in 18 minutes.
K-State shot 56.6 percent (30-of-53) from the field for the game, marking the second time this season the Wildcats hit 50 percent or better in both halves of a game this season.

How It Happened | First Half
Sophomore guard Kamau Stokes got the scoring started with a smooth jumper on K-State’s opening possession followed by a swift up-and-under move from senior forward D.J. Johnson as three Wildcats scored before the first timeout, leading 6-4.
K-State built a cushion behind a Sneed 3-pointer and two quick buckets from Iwundu before a Brown jumper gave the Wildcats a 19-12 advantage at the under-12 media break.
Green Bay was forced into a timeout at the 8:20 mark as the Wildcat lead surged to 13 points (27-14) after an Iwundu 3-pointer and a steal-and-score from Stokes.
A smooth hook shot from sophomore forward Dean Wade at the 2:07 mark was K-State’s last field goal of the half as the Phoenix crept back within single digits at the break, 37-29.
K-State connected on 55.2 percent (16-of-29) shooting from the field in the first half, including 50 percent (5-of-10) from beyond the arc, while Green Bay shot just 33.3 percent (11-of-33), including 3-of-15 from three.
Brown led all scorers with 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting, while Sneed added 8 points.

How It Happened | Second Half
Two 3-pointers in the opening minute of the second half from Wade and Brown, followed by an Iwundu slam spurred a Green Bay timeout just 1:44 in with the Wildcats up 45-29.
Capped by an emphatic Ervin slam with 10:28 to play, K-State embarked on a 15-3 run to go up 60-37.
A jump hook and a baseline jumper from Johnson made the score 72-53 at the final media break.
Both teams’ benches traded baskets in the final minutes as K-State closed out an 80-61 win.
The Wildcats shot 58.3 percent (14-of-24) and made 11-of-16 free throws after the break.
Wade paced K-State scorers in the second half with 8 points, while Brown added 7 to have a game-high 18 points.

Beyond the Boxscore
K-State is off to a 6-1 start for the second consecutive season, including the third time in the last 5 seasons under head coach Bruce Weber.
The win moved K-State to 2-1 all-time against Green Bay, avenging a K-State loss (68-64) in the last meeting on Dec. 7, 2002 in Green Bay, Wis.
The Wildcats moved to 6-0 all-time at home against Horizon League opponents.
K-State is now 23-2 under Bruce Weber when scoring 80 or more points.
The Wildcats handed out 20 assists for the second time this season, as they dished out 21 against Omaha on Nov. 15, 2016.
Ervin scored a career-high 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting.
Brown scored in double figures for the 7th time this season, the only Wildcat to do so in every game.
Iwundu now has 96 starts in his career, which is now 8th on all-time list, and 2 away from tying Askia Jones (98, 1989-94) for 7th place… He is 4 starts away from becoming just the 7th Wildcat with 100 career starts.

Quotable
“I think we just relaxed and that was the thing we talked to them about,” said head coach Bruce Weber. “We had got off to a good start. It was a tough game. This is the game stuck between some big games in Brooklyn and after the disappointing loss to Maryland. We had four guys in double figures and I think two with eight. I keep talking about 10 guys in double figures. That is the kind of versatility we should have. I loved the 20 assists. You have to adjust to how people play you. We forced some things. We could have made easier passes, but it was still a good game for us.”

Up Next
K-State plays its first true road game of the season, as the Wildcats travel to St. Louis, Mo., to face Saint Louis (3-3) at 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 3 at Chaifetz Arena. Tickets are available starting at $12 through the Billiken Ticket Office at (314) 977.4SLU or online at slubillikens.com. The contest will be televised on FOX Sports Kansas City (state of Kansas, Kansas City area), FOX Sports Midwest Plus (Illinois, Missouri and Iowa) and ESPN3 (outside the Midwest Region).