Defensive Stands Help K-State Over Robert Morris, 61-40


GAME RECAP

40

61


NR/NR
ROBERT MORRIS
COLONIALS
0-5 (0-0 NEC)

NR/NR
K-STATE
WILDCATS
4-0 (0-0 Big 12)

LEADERS:
I. Still: 10pts, 6rebs, 3stls
K. Stewart: 7pts, 4rebs, 2asts
A. Tate: 2pts, 11rebs

LEADERS:
D. Wade: 13pts, 9rebs, 1blk
D. Johnson: 12pts, 8rebs, 1blk
B. Brown: 12pts, 3stls, 2asts

TEAM 1ST 2ND F
Robert Morris 19 21 40
K-State 36 25 61

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Kansas State held Robert Morris without a field goal for more than six minutes on two separate occasions en route to a 61-40 victory in front of 11,010 fans at Bramlage Coliseum on Tuesday night.    

The Wildcats surrendered only 13 made field goals, allowing Robert Morris to shoot just 22.8 percent (13-of-57) from the field – the lowest field goal percentage and points scored by a K-State opponent since the Wildcats held Long Beach State 38 points on 19.6 percent shooting (11-of-56) on Nov. 24, 2013. K-State also squeezed 25 turnovers out of the Colonials, the most since whisking away 26 from Lamar on Nov. 12, 2012.

Sophomore Dean Wade 13-point, 9-rebound effort led K-State in both categories. Wade was joined in double figures by senior D.J. Johnson, who scored 12 points on 5-of-7 field goals and added 8 rebounds in 17 minutes. Sophomore Barry Brown scored in double figures for the fourth time this season, rounding out double digit scorers with 12 points on 5-of-8 field goals, including 2-of-3 from 3-point range.

K-State scored at will in the early going, but cooled off just before the end of the first half at 52 percent (13-of-25). The Wildcats struggled in the second half, shooting 41.7 percent (10-of-24) to finish the game at 46.9 percent (23-of-49) from the field. Thanks in part to Wade and Johnson’s inside effort, K-State won the points in the paint battle handily, 32-14, and despite dropping the rebounding margin, the Wildcats had 8 more second-chance points.

The Basics
Final Score: Kansas State 61, Robert Morris 40
Records: Kansas State 4-0, 0-0 Big 12 // Robert Morris 0-5, 0-0 Northeast
Attendance: 11,010
Next Game: Friday, Nov. 25 // vs. Boston College // 6 p.m. CT // American Sports Network

The Short Story
K-State’s defense suffocated Robert Morris’ offense on two occasions for more than 6 minutes of clock without allowing a field goal make to pull away for a 61-40 win.
Sophomore forward Dean Wade led the charge in both scoring and rebounding for K-State with 13 points on 4-of-6 field goals and 9 rebounds.
Senior forward D.J. Johnson posted 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting and 8 boards, while sophomore guard Barry Brown scored in double figures for the fourth straight game with 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting, including 2-of-3 from long range.
K-State shot 46.9 percent (23-of-49) from the field and limited Robert Morris to 22.8 percent (13-of-57).

How It Happened | First Half
K-State shot right out of the gate, scoring the game’s first 10 points, as Wade went 3-for-3 for 7 points before the first media timeout with the Wildcats up 12-5.
The lead crept into double figures as senior Wesley Iwundu connected on a floater before a Brown steal and score made it 19-7, as K-State held Robert Morris without a field goal for 6:13 of play.
Turnovers plagued both teams in the late minutes of the half with Robert Morris recording only 2 field goal makes in the final 5 minutes.
The Wildcats pushed the lead to 17 points just before the halftime horn as sophomore Kamau Stokes jumped in front of a pass and laid it in to give K-State a 36-19 halftime advantage.
K-State connected on 52 percent (13-of-29) from the field in the first half, including 37.5 percent (3-of-8) while Robert Morris shot just 30.4 percent (7-of-23).
The Wildcats outrebounded the Colonials, 20-13, and scored 11 second-chance points off 7 offensive rebounds.
Brown led all scorers at the break with 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting, including 2-of-2 from long range, with Wade close behind, scoring 9 points by going 3-of-4 from the field.

How It Happened | Second Half

A sluggish, cold shooting start to the second half featured four turnovers before the first media break with K-State up 40-23.
Wade’s layup in transition at the 13:24 mark broke a 5:53 field goal drought for the Wildcats.
The Colonials went 7:11 without adding to their score column (16:43-9:32), while K-State went for a 14-0 run capped by back-to-back Johnson buckets at the rim to go up 52-23.
Both teams went more than four minutes without scores after the under-8 media timeout as K-State closed out a 61-40 victory.
The Wildcats shot 41.7 percent (10-of-24) from the field and just 2-of-9 from 3-point range in the second half, while holding Robert Morris to 17.6 percent (6-of-34) shooting in the second half.
Johnson paced K-State scorers after the break with 6 points to finish with 12 points and 8 rebounds for the game. Wade’s 4 second half points made him the leading scorer with 13 points and 9 boards.

Beyond the Boxscore
Tuesday’s meeting was the first-ever against Robert Morris, a series that K-State now leads 1-0.
The Wildcats are now 9-3 all-time against Northeast Conference opponents with the win over Robert Morris being the first since defeating Wagner 82-53 on Dec. 30, 2008.
K-State has won 72 of its last 75 non-conference home games.
Robert Morris’ 22.8 percent (13-of-57) shooting was the lowest opponent field goal percentage since Long Beach State connected on just 19.6 percent (11-of-56) on Nov. 24, 2013… The Colonials’ 40 points were the fewest since LBSU scored 38.
K-State forced 25 turnovers, the most since squeezing 26 out of Lamar on Nov. 12, 2012.
The Wildcats held Robert Morris without field goals for spans of 6:13 (15:50-9:37 1H) and 6:59 (16:44-9:45 2H).
Brown’s 12 points marked his fourth straight game scoring in double figures, the only Wildcat to do so in every game this season.

Quotable
“I told them that we cannot leave for New York until tomorrow and to make the most out of today,” said head coach Bruce Weber. “We have to adjust to how teams guard us. The other day we were able to pick it apart, but today they were very much in the lane. We had to keep moving the basketball and making different cuts. A lot of things did not work, but our guys kept guarding, which is positive. That shows some character.”

Up Next
K-State hits the road for the first time this season, as the Wildcats travel to Brooklyn, N.Y., to play in the semifinals of the Barclays Center Classic against Boston College (3-1) on Friday at 6 p.m. CT on the American Sports Network. The team will play either Maryland (5-0) or Richmond (3-1) on Saturday in either the consolation game at 6 p.m. CT or the championship tilt at 8:30 p.m. CT., also on the American Sports Network. An entire affiliates list for the network can be found online at www.kstatesports.com, while the games will be streamed live at http://americansportsnet.com/.