Wade's Double-Double Pushes K-State Past Missouri, 66-42
Wade's Double-Double Pushes K-State Past Missouri, 66-42
2-2 (0-0 SEC)
4-0 (0-0 Big 12)
K. Puryear: 9 pts, 3 rebs
T. Phillips: 6 pts, 6 rebs
W. Clark: 5 pts, 6 asts
D. Wade: 14 pts, 13 rebs, 2 stls
J. Edwards: 13 pts, 2 asts, 2 stls
W. Iwundu: 10 pts, 8 rebs, 4 asts
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Freshman Dean Wade posted his first career double-double with a game-high 14 points and 13 rebounds, as Kansas State advanced to the CBE Hall of Fame Classic Championship game with a 66-42 win over Missouri on Monday night before 13,598 at Sprint Center.
K-State (4-0), which is off to its best start to season since 2012-13, will face No. 9/8 North Carolina (4-1) for the CBE Classic title on Tuesday night. It will be the first meeting with the Tar Heels since 1989.
The Wildcats (4-0) held the Tigers (2-2) to just 30.9 percent shooting (17-of-55), including 21.1 percent (4-of-19) from 3-point range, and dominated the glass with a 44-31 advantage on the boards. The 42 points were the fewest allowed an opponent since Long Beach State scored 38 on Nov. 24, 2013 at the Puerto Rico Tipoff.
Wade was joined in double figures by senior Justin Edwards (13 points) and junior Wesley Iwundu (10 points). The Wildcats have now had a different leading scorer in each of their first four games, while at least three players have scored in double figures in each contest.
• Final Score: Kansas State 66, Missouri 42
• Records: Kansas State 4-0, 0-0 Big 12 // Missouri 2-2, 0-0 SEC
• Attendance: 13,598
• Next Game: Tuesday, Nov. 24 \\ vs. 9/8 North Carolina \\ 9 p.m. CT \\ ESPN2
The Short Story
• Freshman Dean Wade registered his first career double-double on Monday night with game-highs in both points (14) and rebounds (13), as K-State defeated Missouri, 66-42, in front
• Wade was one of three Wildcats to score in double figures, as K-State has had at least three players score in double figures in each of its first four games.
• Kansas State’s 4-0 start is the first such start since the 2012-13 season when the Wildcats went 5-0 to open the Bruce Weber era.
• The Wildcats held the Tigers to just 42 points, which are the fewest allowed an opponent since Long Beach State scored 38 on Nov. 24, 2013 at the Puerto Rico Tipoff. It was the fewest points allowed to the Tigers in the series since they scored 40 on Feb. 5, 1949.
• K-State now leads the all-time series with Missouri, 120-116, including a 16-8 mark in games played in Kansas City. It was the first meeting between the teams since 2012.
How It Happened | First Half
• The game was tied early until Kansas State used a 13-1 run capped by a traditional 3-point play by senior Stephen Hurt to take a 19-7 lead at the 8:37 mark. Five different Wildcats scored in the stretch.
• After Missouri cut the deficit to 22-12 on a 3-pointer by Wes Clark with 4:14 to play, K-State ended the half on a 9-2 run to take a 31-14 advantage into halftime.
• Both teams struggled shooting the ball in the first half, as K-State connected on just 29 percent (9-of-31), including 10 percent (1-of-10) from 3-point range, while Missouri shot 18.5 percent (5-of-27), including 11.1 percent (1-of-9) from long range.
• Iwundu and Wade led all scorers at the half with 7 points each, while Wade had a game-high 9 rebounds.
How It Happened | Second Half
• K-State started the second half strong, scoring five straight points, to take a 36-14 lead at the 19:10 mark.
• The Tigers closed the gap to 40-23 with 16:03 to play before the Wildcats used a 15-6 run to push their advantage to 55-29 at the 9:11 mark. Once again, it was a team effort as five different players scored during the stretch, including 3-point field goals by Wade and freshman Barry Brown.
• The Wildcats maintained a 20-point advantage for the rest of the game, building as much as a 27-point lead at 64-37 after a pair of free throws by Wade.
• K-State connected on 46.2 percent (12-of-26), including 42.9 percent (3-of-7) from 3-point range, in the second half, while Missouri shot 42.9 percent (12-of-28) from the field.
• Edwards scored eight of his 13 points in the second half.
Beyond the Boxscore
• K-State now leads the all-time series with Missouri, 120-116, including 16-8 in games played in Kansas City… The Wildcats have won five of the last six meetings… It was the first meeting since 2012.
• The 236 meetings and 120 victories are the second-most against one opponent in school history.
• K-State has a 12-10 record all-time at Sprint Center and move to 4-0 vs. the SEC in the arena.
• Since the start of the Bruce Weber era, K-State has held 41 opponents to 60 points or less with the Wildcats boasting a 36-5 mark in those contests.
• At least three players have scored in double figures in each of K-State’s first four games, as Wade (14). Edwards (13) and Iwundu (10) each had double digits.
• The Wildcats have now had a different leading scorer in each of their four games.
• Wade became the second Wildcat to post a double-double this season, following Iwundu.
• “We had to emphasize something, you have to build a foundation from the start of the season, we have so many new faces, and even the older guys have changed their roles,” head coach Bruce Weber said on the defensive effort. “We always take a lot of pride on our defensive end and shutting down people. In the first couple exhibition games we were actually better on defense than we were in practice and they carried it into the first few games. I was worried about Missouri’s quickness, they have a bunch of combo guards that can get in the paint. We did a really good job, the coaches and the players buying in of getting off and protecting, not letting guys in the paint. They got so frustrated, we would have three guys there and they would still get in between us, and we would get a tip or a steal or something. All of the daily habits, and the guys bought in and had some pride.”
• K-State will play for the CBE Hall of Fame Classic Championship for the second time on Tuesday night, as the Wildcats will play No. 9/8 North Carolina (4-1) at 9 p.m. CT on ESPN2. It will mark the second match-up with a team from the state of North Carolina in the title game, as K-State lost to Duke in 2010.