K-State Coasts Past Omaha, 81-68




1-2 (0-0 Summit)

2-0 (0-0 Big 12)

T. Hollins: 12pts, 6rebs, 5asts
Z. Jackson: 11pts, 8rebs, 2stls
T. Thurman: 10pts, 6rebs, 1ast

B. Brown: 15pts, 5asts, 3rebs
W. Iwundu: 14pts, 4asts, 3rebs
C. Ervin II: 4pts, 9rebs, 8asts

Omaha 31 37 68
K-State 42 39 81

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- A pestering defensive effort fueled a 21-0 first half run to propel K-State past Omaha, 81-68, in front of 10,751 fans in Bramlage Coliseum on Tuesday night.  

K-State moved to 2-0 for the 13th time in the last 14 seasons with its 10th straight non-conference home win dating back to 2014. The Wildcats are now 30-0 at home against Summit League opponents.

Four Wildcats scored in double figures for the second straight game, led again by sophomore Barry Brown, who poured in 15 points on 5-of-11 field goals, including 4-of-6 from the line to go along with 5 assists. Senior Wesley Iwundu added 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting and 4 assists, while sophomore Kamau Stokes scored 14, including three 3-pointers. Senior D.J. Johnson rounded out the double digit scorers for K-State with his 11-point, 7-rebound effort. Senior Carlbe Ervin II paced all Wildcats with new career highs in both rebounds and assists with 9 and 8, respectively.

After a slow start, the Wildcats rattled off 21 straight points midway through the first half, holding Omaha without a field goal for 7:35 of play. K-State shot 54.8 percent (17-of-31) before the break with 26 points in the paint, and finished the game connecting on 50.8 percent (32-of-63) with 21 assists.

The Basics
Final Score: Kansas State 81, Omaha 68
Records: Kansas State 2-0, 0-0 Big 12 // Omaha 1-2, 0-0 Summit
Attendance: 10,751
Next Game: Sunday, Nov. 20 // vs. Hampton // 5 p.m. CT // FOX Sports Kansas City

The Short Story
A 21-0 run midway through the first half helped K-State coast past Omaha, 81-68.
Brown led all scorers for the second straight game with 15 points, going 5-of-11 from the field and adding 5 assists.  
Iwundu and Stokes added 14 points apiece, while Johnson rounded out double figure scorers with 11 points and 7 rebounds.
Ervin II posted career high numbers in rebounds (9) and assists (8).
K-State shot 50.8 percent (32-of-63) from the field on 21 assists, while scoring 26 points off of 15 Omaha turnovers.  

How It Happened | First Half
Omaha hopped out to a quick advantage by attacking the rim, scoring six points in the paint and adding four from the charity stripe before the first media timeout at 15:51, leading 10-2.
K-State answered with a 10-0 run that featured a pair of triples from Stokes and Iwundu to claim its first lead at the 12:13 mark of the half, 14-13.
The Wildcats extended the scoring run to 21-0 (25-13) after back-to-back and-1’s from Brown and Johnson as they amped up the defensive pressure, holding the Mavericks without a field goal for 7:35 of play until the under-8 media timeout.
K-State’s largest lead of the half reached 13 after Iwundu layups at the 4:18 mark (33-20) and again with 25 seconds left (42-29), but a Mavericks bucket before the buzzer made it 42-31 at the break.
K-State connected on 54.8 percent (17-of-31) from the field in the first half while holding Western Illinois to 39.3 percent (11-of-28) shooting from the field.
The Wildcats scored 26 points in the paint and scored 19 points off 9 Maverick turnovers.
Brown, Johnson and Iwundu led all scorers at the half with 11 points, apiece.

How It Happened | Second Half
After making just three first half 3-pointers, the Wildcats drilled three in a row to begin the second half, two belonging to Stokes. He added a floater before the media timeout to make the score 55-36.
A smooth stepback jumper from Isaiah Maurice followed by a Brown runout layup pushed K-State in front 61-43 with 12:16 to play.
The Wildcats turned it on for a 15-3 run while also holding Omaha without a field goal for another 4:51 of play until a Maverick 3-pointer at the 8:31 mark made it 72-49.
Omaha scored 14 of the game’s final 16 points in the waning minutes to slim the scoreline as the Wildcats coasted to an 81-68 win.
The Wildcats shot 46.9 percent (15-of-32) and just 4-14 from 3-point range in the second half.
Stokes paced K-State scorers in the second half with 10 points, while Maurice dropped in his first career points, 8, off the bench.

Beyond the Boxscore
The Wildcats moved to 31-2 all-time against Summit League opponents, including a 30-0 record at home.
K-State is now 2-0 all-time versus Omaha, with the previous win coming on Dec. 2, 2014 (84-66).
The Wildcats have won 10 consecutive over non-conference competition in Bramlage, with the last loss coming to Georgia on Dec. 31, 2014.
K-State is 31-8 under Bruce Weber when having at least 4 players score in double figures.
Brown scored in double figures 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.

“Our toughness and pride on defense is starting to evolve. I am not sure what the start was all about. We came out very flat. At that timeout, I just got after them I told them I did not care about the offense but our defense was letting them do whatever they wanted,” said head coach Bruce Weber. “We stepped it up, got after them and got stops. That is what their coach talked about. They had just gone to USC and controlled the game for 30-33 minutes and lost close. Then they went to UC Santa Barbara and won. They are a good team but obviously they are a little road weary. I hope we had something to do with it when we turned it up and got going.”

Up Next
K-State continues its homestand on Sunday, November 20 at 5 p.m., as the Wildcats host Hampton (0-1) in the opening game 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).