K-State Falls to No. 7/6 Kansas, 77-59




13-9 (2-7 Big 12)

18-4 (6-3 Big 12)

W. Iwundu: 15pts, 5rebs, 5asts
S. Hurt: 14pts, 11rebs, 1blk
B. Brown: 11pts, 2rebs, 2stls

P. Ellis: 19pts, 5rebs, 2stls
D. Graham: 10pts, 4asts, 3stls
S. Mykhailiuk: 10pts, 4asts, 3stls

K-State 29 30 59
Kansas 39 38 77

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Kansas State started the game off strong but could not hang on in the second half, as the Wildcats fell to No. 7/6 Kansas, 77-59, on Wednesday night before a sold-out crowd of 16,300 at Allen Field House.

K-State (13-9, 2-7 Big 12) started the game off at blistering pace, opening up a 16-7 advantage at the 10:56 mark. However, Kansas (18-4, 6-3 Big 12) ended the half on a 32-13 run to take a 39-29 lead into the locker room. 

The Wildcats pulled within 45-43 with 13:39 remaining in the second half, but an 11-2 run by the Jayhawks extended their lead to 56-45 with 10:50 to play. Kansas did not look back, as it kept the lead in double figures for the remainder of the game to post its 10th consecutive win in the series at home. 

Junior Wesley Iwundu led three Wildcat scorers in double figures with 15 points, while senior Stephen Hurt collected his second double-double of the season with 14 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Freshman Barry Brown also registered double figures with 11 points off the bench.

Kansas, which connected on 55.1 percent (27-of-49) from the field, was led by senior Perry Ellis’ 19 points, while sophomores Devonte’ Graham and Svi Mykhailiuk each added 10 points apiece. 

The Basics
Final Score: 7/6 Kansas 77, Kansas State 59
Records: Kansas State 13-9, 2-7 Big 12 // 7/6 Kansas 18-4, 6-3 Big 12
Attendance: 16,300 (sellout)
Next Game: Saturday, Feb. 6 // vs. 1/2 Oklahoma // 5 p.m. CT // ESPNU

The Short Story

Kansas State got off to a hot start but could not hang on as Kansas won the 282nd Sunflower Showdown, 77-59, in front of a sold-out crowd at Allen Fieldhouse. 
K-State opened up a 16-7 lead in the middle of the first half, the largest of the game, before the Jayhawks went on a 32-13 run to close out the first period and take a 39-29 lead into the break. 
The Wildcats pulled within 2 points midway through the second half, but another run by KU opened up a double-figure advantage for the home team. 
The Wildcats were led by Iwundu’s 15 points, marking his team-leading 17th game where he has scored in double figures this season. 
Hurt also recorded his second career double-double in the game with 14 points and 11 rebounds. 

How It Happened | First Half
Hurt opened the scoring for the Wildcats, hitting a baseline jumper on the first possession to give K-State an early 2-0 lead. 
After Kansas hit a 3-pointer on the following possession, the Wildcat defense held the Jayhawks scoreless for just under five minutes before yielding a Graham basket at the 14:37 mark.
The Wildcats then used a 12-0 run over the following four minutes to take a 16-7 lead with 10:56 remaining in the half. The lead was the Wildcats’ largest of the period. 
Kansas then used an 11-0 run over the next two minutes to tie the game up at 18 points apiece with 8:56 before halftime. 
The Jayhawks’ Brannen Greene was fouled on a successful 3-point bucket and hit his free throw with two seconds left to complete a 4-point play and give the home team a 39-29 lead at the break.
Iwundu and Hurt led the Wildcats with 7 points each in the first half, while junior D.J. Johnson and Brown each added 5 points. 

How It Happened | Second Half

K-State opened the second half on a 12-6 run to cut the lead to 45-43 with 13:39 remaining in the ball game. Johnson scored four of the 12 points during the run. 
Kansas answered with an 11-2 run of its own over the next two plus minutes to extend its lead to 56-45. 
Kansas opened up its largest lead of the half at the 5:02 mark, as Frank Mason III hit a free throw to give the Jayhawks a 67-49 lead. 
Kansas dominated the half in the paint and on the fast break, outscoring K-State 24-12 and 10-0, respectively. 
Iwundu led the Wildcats with 8 points in the second half, while Ellis scored 11 of his 17 points during the second period. 

Beyond the Boxscore
Eight of K-State’s 9 losses have come to Top 25 opponents, including 6 in Big 12 play.
K-State is now 93-189 all-time against Kansas, including 35-87 in Lawrence… The Wildcats have lost 10 straight at Allen Fieldhouse with their last win coming 59-55 on Jan. 14, 2006.
K-State is 2-7 away from home this season, including 1-6 in true road games… The Wildcats have lost 6 straight on the road since opening the season with a 68-66 win at Georgia on Dec. 4, 2015.
K-State posted a season-high 23 turnovers, which resulted in an opponent-high 30 points off turnovers… It was the most points allowed off of turnovers since allowing 30 at Oklahoma (1/14/2012).
K-State posted a season-low 22 points in the paint.
K-State is now 12-2 this season when out-rebounding its opponents, posting a 36-21 edge on the glass.
K-State was called for a season-high 27 personal fouls.
Iwundu led the team in scoring for the 6th time this season with 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting… He scored in double figures for a team-high 17th time and 31st in his career… He also dished out a team-high 5 assists, the 9th time he has led the team in assists.
Hurt posted his 10th career double-double, including his second at K-State, with game-highs in both points (14) and rebounds (11)… Hurt has scored in double figures 8 times this season and 30 in his career… He posted double-digit rebounds for 11th time in his career and second time at K-State.

“Our kids, I’m proud of them,” said head coach Bruce Weber. “We’ve had some adversity obviously. We have a couple players out. We’ve lost some close games, keep coming back. I think we had a great game plan. (Assistant head) Coach (Chris) Lowry does a great job, he understands what Kansas does and our kids bought in. We defended really well early, that was going to be our key, our only chance here is to really defend well and make them earn baskets. I think we did that. We talked about keeping the ball moving and spacing which we did a pretty good job of. I thought our first two or three possessions were as good as we’ve had all year.”

Up Next
K-State plays its second straight Top 10 opponent on Saturday, as the Wildcats welcome No. 1/2 Oklahoma (19-2, 7-2 Big 12) to Bramlage Coliseum for a 5 p.m. CT tip on ESPNU. The team is 11-2 at home this season with their only losses to No. 19/17 West Virginia and No. 17/18 Iowa State.