Hot-Shooting K-State Downs Hampton, 89-67
Hot-Shooting K-State Downs Hampton, 89-67
1-2 (0-0 MEAC)
3-0 (0-0 Big 12)
J. Marrow: 15pts, 3rebs, 3asts
L. Cooks: 10pts, 4rebs, 4asts
C. Wilson-Fisher: 8pts, 2stls
W. Iwundu: 23pts, 6rebs, 3asts
B. Brown: 16pts, 4rebs, 5stls
X. Sneed: 15pts, 6rebs
MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Senior guard Wesley Iwundu tied his career-high with 23 points as K-State was red hot from the floor in an 89-67 victory over Hampton on Sunday night in front of 11,316 fans in Bramlage Coliseum.
The Wildcats, which moved to 3-0 for the third time in head coach Bruce Weber’s five seasons, scored a season-high 89 points on a season-best 58.3 percent shooting (28-of-48) from the field, including 52.2 percent (12-of-23) from 3-point range. The team has broken the 80-point barrier in each of its first three games.
Four Wildcats scored in double figures for the third consecutive game led again by Iwundu, who tied his career-high with 23 points on 6-of-9 shooting, including a perfect 3-of-3 from long range. The leading scorer through two games, sophomore Barry Brown, finished right at his average with 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting and added a career-high five steals. Both sophomore Kamau Stokes and freshman Xavier Sneed finished 3-of-5 from beyond the arc en route to scoring in double figures as Stokes finished with 13, while Sneed dropped in 15 points and claimed 6 rebounds.
The Wildcats lit up the scoreboard in the first half for 46 points on 60.9 percent shooting (14-of-23), including 9-of-12 from 3-point range. K-State barely cooled off after the break to finish at 58.3 percent (28-of-48) from the field and 12-of-23 from deep, but struggled at the charity stripe, hitting only 21-of-38 free throws. It marked the first time since January 2016 that the Wildcats connected on better than 50 percent in each half.
• Final Score: Kansas State 89, Hampton 67
• Records: Kansas State 3-0, 0-0 Big 12 // Hampton 1-2, 0-0 MEAC
• Attendance: 11,316
• Next Game: Tuesday, Nov. 22 // vs. Robert Morris // 7 p.m. CT // FOX Sports Kansas City
The Short Story
• Senior guard Wesley Iwundu tied his career-high with 23 points as K-State took care of Hampton, 89-67.
• Iwundu scored 23 points on 6-of-9 shooting, including a perfect 3-of-3 from long range to go with 6 rebounds and 3 assists. It marked the third time in his career that he scored 23 points.
• Sophomore guard Barry Brown scored in double figures for the third straight game with 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting and a career-high 5 steals.
• Freshman Xavier Sneed and sophomore Kamau Stokes both drained three 3-pointers, as Sneed dropped in 15 points and a career-high 6 rebounds, while Stokes scored 13 points.
• K-State shot 58.3 percent (28-of-58) from the field, including 52.2 percent (12-of-23) from beyond the arc.
How It Happened | First Half
• Both teams came out firing, knocking down a total of five 3-pointers before the first media timeout. Iwundu drilled two triples in a row for K-State and Stokes added another to put the Wildcats in front 9-8 at the 15:49 mark.
• K-State built a 23-10 cushion by the under-12 media timeout with a 13-0 run that featured 3-pointers from Stokes, senior Carlbe Ervin II and Sneed.
• Hampton bounced back with two 3-pointers and a series of tough baskets at the rim to pull within 29-24 at the under-8 media timeout.
• The Wildcats and Pirates traded baskets over the final 7 minutes of action, as K-State went cold for the final 3 minutes. Three Iwundu free throws before the half gave K-State a 46-36 advantage at the break.
• K-State connected on 60.9 percent (14-of-23) from the field in the first half, including 75 percent (9-of-12) from beyond the arc, while Hampton kept pace, shooting 50 percent (15-of-30), including 5-of-7 from three.
• The Wildcats outrebounded Hampton 21-8 and scored 10 second chance points off 8 offensive rebounds.
• Iwundu led the way for K-State with 13 points on 3-of-6 shooting, while Sneed added 10 points on three 3-pointers.
How It Happened | Second Half
• Brown began the second half with a steal and score and nailed a jumper before Stokes drilled a 3-pointer to hand K-State a 55-44 lead at the under-16 timeout.
• K-State’s lead went to 15 points (62-47) right after the under-12 timeout with a Sneed jumper.
• The margin swelled to 24 points (73-49) by the under-8 timeout thanks to 10 consecutive points from Iwundu, including two old-fashioned three point plays.
• The Pirates were never able to whittle the Wildcat lead to under 20 points in the final 8 minutes as K-State closed out an 89-67 win.
• The Wildcats shot 56 percent (14-of-25), but just 3-11 from 3-point range in the second half.
• Iwundu and Brown both dropped in 10 second-half points to pace four Wildcats in double figures for the game.
Beyond the Boxscore
• K-State is now 2-0 all-time versus Hampton, with the previous win (86-71) coming on Dec. 20, 2000.
• The Wildcats moved to 30-0 all-time against teams from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, with all 30 wins coming at home.
• K-State is 3-0 to start the season for the 12th time in the last 14 seasons.
• The Wildcats connected on 12 3-pointers, the most since draining 12 against Tulane on Dec. 28, 2013.
• Iwundu tied his career-high with 23 points, matching his 23-point performances from last season against Maryland-Eastern Shore (11/13/15) and Texas A&M (12/12/15).
• Brown scored in double figures (16) for the 15th time in his career and is the only Wildcat to do so each of K-State’s contests this season, including exhibitions. Brown also tallied a career-high 5 steals.
• “You know, at the beginning of the game, there was a lot of back and forth,” said head coach Bruce Weber. “I am looking at the score, we have four 3-pointers, and they have three 3-pointers. I have said to you guys all along, we are a better 3-point shooting team. The big thing is getting good ones, each player getting in the gym and really working, and putting time into it. Obviously, you can see Wes (Iwundu) has done that, and a couple of guys this week, Kamau [Stokes] and Dean [Wade] have been in the gym a little more, and Barry [Brown], I have told you all along has been the most consistent. But, it is also moving the ball and getting good shots, executing your offense so you get a good shot, so you can step up and make it with confidence.”
• K-State concludes its four-game homestand to start the season on Tuesday, November 22 at 7 p.m., as the Wildcats host Robert Morris (0-4) in the second of two opening-round games of the Barclays Center Classic 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).