K-State Posts Season-Highs on Offense in 89-73 Win




10-9 (2-5 Big 12)

12-7 (2-5 Big 12)

T. Griffin: 18pts, 5asts, 3stls
J. Newberry: 14pts, 5rebs, 2asts
J. Evans: 11pts, 4rebs, 2asts

K. Stokes: 13pts, 3rebs, 2asts
J. Edwards: 13pts, 3asts, 2blks, 2stls
W. Iwundu: 12pts, 4rebs, 4asts

Oklahoma State 30 43 73
K-State 49 40 89

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State scored its most points in a Big 12 game in more than five years, as the Wildcats snapped a two-game skid with an 89-73 win over Oklahoma State on Saturday afternoon before a sold-out crowd of 12,298 at Bramlage Coliseum.

The 89 points were the most in a Big 12 game for the Wildcats (12-7, 2-5 Big 12) under head coach Bruce Weber and the most since scoring 94 against Texas Tech on Jan. 15, 2011. It marked the seventh time that the team eclipsed the 80-point plateau this season, including the third time in league play.

En route to scoring the second-most points, K-State set season-highs for both field goal percentage (57.7; 30-of-52) and 3-point field goal percentage (52.9; 9-of-17). The Wildcats started off hot, as they set season-bests in three categories (points, field goal percentage and 3-point field goal percentage) in the first half with 49 points on 63 percent shooting (17-of-27), including 75 percent (6-of-8) from beyond the arc, in building a 19-point lead.

All five starters scored in double figures for the second time this season led by senior Justin Edwards and freshman Kamau Stokes, who each tallied 13 points in 24 minutes. Edwards was 5-of-6 from the field to go with 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks and 2 steals, while Stokes connected on 4-of-6 from 3-point range.

Junior Wesley Iwundu and freshman Dean Wade each totaled 12 points, while senior Stephen Hurt scored all 11 of his points in the second half on 3-of-4 shooting. Reserves Barry Brown and D.J. Johnson added 9 and 8 points, respectively, while Johnson led the way with 6 rebounds.

A freshmen has now led the Wildcats in scoring 12 times, including in six of seven Big 12 contests.

Oklahoma State (10-9, 2-5 Big 12), which was coming off an upset win over No. 3/3 Kansas on Tuesday, shot just 41.8 percent (23-of-55) from the field, including 30.4 percent (7-of-23) in the first half.

Sophomore Tyree Griffin came off the bench to score a game-high 18 points for the Cowboys, while senior Jeff Newberry and freshman Jawun Evans added 14 and 11 points, respectively.

The Basics
Final Score: Kansas State 89, Oklahoma State 73
Records: Kansas State 12-7, 2-5 Big 12 // Oklahoma State 10-9, 2-5 Big 12
Attendance: 12,298
Next Game: Tuesday, Jan. 26 \\ at 6/7 West Virginia \\ 6 p.m. CT \\ ESPNews

The Short Story
K-State scored its most points in a Big 12 game in more than 5 years, as the Wildcats snapped a 2-game losing streak with an 89-73 win over OSU on Saturday before 12,298 fans at Bramlage Coliseum.
It was the second-most points scored this season and the most in a Big 12 game since scoring 94 against Texas Tech at home on Jan. 15, 2011.
The Wildcats posted season-highs for field goal percentage and 3-point field goal percentage, while they set season-best for points, field goal percentage and 3-point percentage in a half, all in the first half.
All five starters scored in double figures for the Wildcats for the second time this season and the first time since doing it against Columbia on Nov. 16, 2015.
Senior Justin Edwards and freshman Kamau Stokes led a balanced attack with 13 points each, while junior Wesley Iwundu (12), freshman Dean Wade (12) and senior Stephen Hurt (11) all scored in double figures. In all, 10 Wildcats scored in the game, including 7 with 8 or more points.
K-State has now won 5 straight over OSU at home, the longest such streak since winning 7 straight from 1984-90.

How It Happened | First Half

Stokes opened the scoring with a 3-pointer at the 18:08 mark, as K-State opened up an 8-5 lead at the first media timeout.
The Wildcats extended it to 14-7 after a tip-in by junior Austin Budke, forcing Oklahoma State to use its first timeout with 13:37 to play.
OSU responded with an 11-4 run over the next two minutes to close it to 18-14 on a 3-pointer by Evans.
K-State pushed its advantage back out to 22-14 on a quick 4-0 spurt before extending it to double digits at 29-19 on a pair of free throws by Johnson with 6:47 before halftime.
The lead grew to 35-21 after a 3-pointer by Stokes at the 4:36 mark.
The Cowboys closed to within 35-26 less a minute later before the Wildcats erupted for a 12-2 run – keyed by a pair of 3-pointers from Stokes and Wade – to push it to 47-28 with 1 minute remaining.
Brown ended the first half with layup, as K-State took a 49-30 lead into the locker room. 
The Wildcats set season-highs for points (49) and field goal percentage (63.0) in a first half.
K-State connected on a 63 percent (17-of-27) of its field goals, including 75 percent (6-of-8) from 3-point range, while OSU shot just 30.4 percent (7-of-23), including 30 percent (3-of-10) from beyond the arc.
Eight different Wildcats scored in the half led by Wade’s 10 points.
K-State held a 20-4 advantage in the paint and was 11-2 in fast-break points.

How It Happened | Second Half
K-State increased its lead to 57-35 on a Johnson layup at the 16:28 mark.
The Wildcats kept their advantage to 19 or more points for most of the first part of the second half before the Cowboys slowly chipped it down to 70-57 on a 3-pointer by Jeffrey Carroll with 9:15 to play.
However, that would be closest it would get the rest of the way, as a quick 5-0 spurt by K-State capped by a Hurt 3-pointer pushed the lead back out to 75-57 at the 7:54 mark.
The lead ballooned to as much as 23 points on two occasions, including 87-64 on an Edwards’ layup with 2:58 remaining. 
Oklahoma State would finish out the game on a 9-2 run for the final 89-73 margin.
Both teams shot over 50 percent from the field in the second half, as K-State connected on 52 percent (13-of-25) compared to Oklahoma State’s 50 percent (16-of-32).
Hurt led all scorers with 11 points in the second half to go with 5 rebounds in just 9 minutes of action.

Beyond the Boxscore

K-State is now 137-24 at Bramlage Coliseum over the past 10 seasons, including 60-20 in Big 12 play.
K-State now leads the all-time series with Oklahoma State, 77-51, including 39-15 at home.
K-State is 16-2 under head coach Bruce Weber when scoring 80 or more points… The 89 points were the most scored by a Weber-team in Big 12 play.
Six Wildcats recorded at least 2 assists led by Iwundu’s 4 on zero turnovers in 30 minutes.
K-State totaled at least 30 points in the paint for the 15th time in 19 games, holding a 38-28 edge.
K-State is now 11-1 this season when out-rebounding its opponent, posting a 35-30 advantage on OSU.
Edwards has now led the team in scoring 5 times and Stokes on 4 occasions.
Stokes has hit at least 2 3-pointers in 9 games, including each of the last 4 games. 
Iwundu has scored in double figures a team-leading 15 times to go with 4 rebounds, a team-high 4 assists and 2 steals… He now has had 9 games of least 10 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists this season.
K-State returned to its usual starting lineup for the 18th time in 19 games with freshman Kamau Stokes, senior Justin Edwards, junior Wesley Iwundu, freshman Dean Wade and senior Stephen Hurt… Edwards, Hurt, Iwundu and Wade have started all 19 games this season.

“I think we were at a magic level (in the first half),” said head coach Bruce Weber. “Just like Oklahoma State was on a magic level against Kansas. You know, you get that feeling, but I did not think we hit crazy shots. We hit some good open shots, we shared the ball and we took advantage of their weaknesses on the defense when we were able to. I think the big thing is that we got to the paint. We made those 3s, but we got to the paint and that opens things up. We had 38 points in the paint. Wes (Wesley Iwundu) got downhill, Justin (Edwards) got downhill and Barry (Brown) got in there. That is one thing that we have really tried to emphasize. That is what Coach (Chester) Frazier talks to these guards about, ‘We got to get in the paint. We got to get downhill and that will create for everyone else.’ Then Dean (Wade) can jump in and make a shot. Stephen (Hurt) can jump up and make a shot. Then, they start worrying about Dean and Wes gets to the hoop or Justin gets to the hoop. So, good things happen if you get in the paint and share the basketball.”

Up Next
K-State hits the road for a midweek trip to Morgantown, W.Va., to take on No. 6/7 West Virginia (16-3, 5-2 Big 12) at 6 p.m. CT on ESPNews. The Mountaineers won the first meeting, 87-83, in double overtime on Jan. 2 at Bramlage Coliseum. The Wildcats return home on Saturday, Jan. 30 when they play host to Ole Miss in the Big 12-SEC Challenge at 1 p.m. CT.