K-State Jumps Out Early in 85-72 Win over Pittsburg State




0-0 (0-0 MIAA)

0-0 (0-0 Big 12)

E. Gaines: 12pts, 3rebs, 1stl
B. Clifford: 11pts, 2asts
I. Hicks: 10pts, 8rebs, 3stls

B. Brown: 17 pts, 4asts, 3rebs
D. Wade: 14pts, 3stls, 2asts
X. Sneed: 13pts, 7rebs, 2blks

Pittsburg State 33 39 72
K-State 49 36 85

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Sophomore Barry Brown paced four players in double figures with a game-high 17 points to help Kansas State drop Division II foe Pittsburg State, 85-72, in the team’s first exhibition on Friday night before 11,315 at Bramlage Coliseum.

The Wildcats now have four wins over the Gorillas during the team’s streak of 19 consecutive home wins in exhibition games since 2004.

In a game of halves, K-State connected on 44.3 (31-of-70) percent from the field, including 52.8 percent (19-of-36) in the first half, while holding Pittsburg State to 37.3 percent (22-of-59) shooting. The Wildcats scorched the nets for eight first half 3-pointers and added another two after the break, while also dominating the battle in the paint, 32-14.

Brown was joined in double figures by sophomore Dean Wade, who scored 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting, including four 3-pointers. Freshman Xavier Sneed, in his first game as Wildcat, scored 13 points off the bench while redshirt freshman Isaiah Maurice rounded out K-State’s double figure scorers with 10 points. Senior D.J. Johnson tallied 9 points and a team-high 7 rebounds in just 16 minutes of action.

The 85 points were the most in an exhibition game since scoring 81 against Emporia State on Nov. 4, 2012.

The Basics
Final Score: Kansas State 85, Pittsburg State 72
Records: Kansas State 0-0, 0-0 Big 12 // Pittsburg State 0-0, 0-0 MIAA
Attendance: 11,315
Next Game: Friday, Nov. 4, 2016 \\ vs. Washburn \\ 8 p.m. CT \\ FOX Sports Kansas City

The Short Story

Sophomore Barry Brown paced four players in double figures with a game-high 17 points to help Kansas State drop Division II foe Pittsburg State, 85-72, in the team’s first exhibition on Friday night before 11,315 at Bramlage Coliseum.
Brown paced K-State in scoring (17), assists (4) and minutes played (29), and added 3 rebounds and 2 steals.
Sophomore Dean Wade (14), freshman Xavier Sneed (13) and redshirt freshman Isaiah Maurice (10) also scored in double figures for K-State. In all, 11 players scored at least two points, including 10 with a made field goal.
Pittsburg State had three players score in double figures, led by junior transfer Elijah Gaines’ 12 points.

How It Happened  |  First Half
The Wildcats shot out to a hot start as Iwundu drilled a 3-pointer just 30 seconds into the game. Wade added a pair of triples, while Brown had a lay-in and fadeaway jumper all before the first media timeout to give K-State a 13-5 lead.
K-State then blitzed the Gorillas for a 10-0 run behind two 3-point baskets from Maurice and Brown, as well as Sneed’s first points as a Wildcat. K-State led at the 11:58 mark, 23-9.
The advantage swelled to 15 points, 32-17, thanks to a jumper and 3-pointer from Sneed with 7:49 to play in the half.
Carlbe Ervin II old-fashioned three point play handed the Wildcats their largest lead of the half, 49-30, with just over a minute left in the half, before K-State took a 49-33 into the break.
The Wildcats connected on 52.8 percent (19-of-36) in the first half and knocked down 8-of-15 from beyond the arc. K-State held the advantage in the paint, 16-8, and points off turnovers, 10-2.
Wade led all scorers before the break with 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting, including three 3-pointers, while Brown, Kamau Stokes and Sneed all added 7 points apiece.

How It Happened  |Second Half
Wade picked up where he left off in the first half, draining a 3-pointer for K-State’s first points after the break as the Wildcats began the half on a 13-7 run to build a 22 point lead, 62-40, by the first media timeout.
The margin reached its peak of 26 when K-State went up 70-44 after an Maurice and-1 with 11:55 left in the half.
The Gorillas slimmed the K-State lead to 16 as the Wildcats went cold over the next 4:17 before Austin Budke ended the drought with a three-point play at the 7:38 mark to make it 73-54.
Despite finishing the final 12 minutes on a 28-15 run, the Gorillas were unable to whittle the margin down to single digits, coming as close as 11 (81-70) with 1:10 left, as K-State held on late, 85-72.
K-State was hindered by 10 second half turnovers, while shooting just 35.3 percent (12-of-34) and connecting on 2-of-11 3-point attempts.
Brown led all scorers in the second half with 10 points, while Sneed added 6 to get into double figures for the game.

Beyond the Boxscore
K-State is now 61-20 (.756) all-time in exhibition play, including 47-9 at Bramlage Coliseum.
The Wildcats have now won 19 consecutive home exhibition games dating back to 2004.
K-State is 7-0 in exhibition play under head coach Bruce Weber.
K-State is now 4-0 vs. Emporia State in exhibition play.
The 85 points were the most in an exhibition since scoring 81 vs. Emporia State on Nov. 4, 2012.
In all, five players made their first appearances in a Wildcat uniform – true freshmen Brian Patrick, Sneed and Love and redshirt freshmen Maurice and Dante Williams.


“He did the things we anticipated he would do,” said head coach Bruce Weber on Sneed. “He had great energy. In Europe, he made a lot of threes, he did some pretty good things, but I love what he did tonight, not the offensive part as much as seven rebounds, blocked a couple of shots, got that steal. He had a great energy burst in that one stretch, which will be great for us; he is another mixed guy for us. He gives us versatility to play some 4, we played him a little at the three. It was a good start for him.”

Up Next
K-State plays its second exhibition game on Friday, Nov. 4 when the Wildcats play host to Washburn at 8 p.m. Tickets are available starting at $10, while fans can take advantage of the new 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.