Balance Guides K-State Past Saint Louis, 75-47


GAME RECAP

47

75

NR/NR
SAINT LOUIS
BILLIKENS
5-7 (0-0 A-10)

NR/NR
K-STATE
WILDCATS
10-2 (0-0 Big 12)

LEADERS:
M. Yarbrough: 12pts, 4rebs, 3asts
A. Yacoubou: 10pts, 8rebs, 3asts
A. Gillmann: 8pts, 4rebs, 2stls

LEADERS:
W. Iwundu: 13pts, 8rebs, 4asts
K. Stokes: 11pts, 2rebs, 2asts
J. Edwards: 10pts, 6rebs, 2stls

TEAM 1ST 2ND F
Saint Louis 28 19 47
K-State 35 40 75

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Kansas State used another balanced scoring attack to close out the 2015 portion of its schedule, defeating Saint Louis, 75-47, in front of a sold-out Bramlage Coliseum on Tuesday night. 

K-State (10-2) ended the game on a 21-3 run to break open a 10-point margin with 4:43 to play. The Wildcats connected on a season-tying 50 percent (26-of-52) from the field, scoring 38 points in the paint and 20 points off of 19 Saint Louis (5-7) turnovers. The Billikens were held to just 33.3 percent shooting (17-of-51).

With the win, K-State continued its best start to a season since the 2012-13 season and notched its 10th non-conference victory for the first time since 2013-14. The Wildcats have now posted at least 10 non-conference wins nine times in the past 10 seasons. 

Junior Wesley Iwundu led all Wildcats with a game-high 13 points on 6-of-8 field goals to go with team-highs in rebounding (8), assists (4) and steals (2) in 29 minutes. Freshman Kamau Stokes and senior Justin Edwards also scored in double figures, posting 11 points and 10 points, respectively. In all, 10 different players registered at least one field goal in the contest, which matched the most this season.

Saint Louis, which lost for the fourth consecutive contest, was led by sophomore Milik Yarbrough, who came off of the bench to score 12 points. Senior Ash Yacoubou added 10 points and a team-high 8 rebounds. 

The Basics
Final Score: Kansas State 75, Saint Louis 47
Records: Kansas State 10-2, 0-0 Big 12 // Saint Louis 5-7, 0-0 Atlantic 10
Attendance: 12,528
Next Game: Saturday, Jan. 2 \\ vs. West Virginia \\ 11 a.m. CT \\ ESPNU

The Short Story
K-State closed out the 2015 portion of its schedule with a 75-47 win over Saint Louis in front of a sellout crowd of 12,528 at Bramlage Coliseum. 
Junior Wesley Iwundu led the way with a game-high 13 points, as 10 different Wildcats registered at least one field goal in the contest. Iwundu was joined in double figures by freshman Kamau Stokes (11) and senior Justin Edwards (10). Iwundu also led the way in rebounding (8), assists (4) and steals (2).
K-State connected on season-tying 50.0 percent (26-of-52) from the field, including hitting on identical 50 percent clips in both halves (13-of-26)… The Wildcats also hit 50 percent vs. Columbia (11/16/15).
The Wildcats held the Billikens to 47 points on 33.3 percent shooting (17-of-51), including 17.9 percent (5-of-28) from 3-point range. It marked the 45th time that an opponent has been held to 60 points or less in Bruce Weber’s tenure.
K-State earned its 10th non-conference win of the season, its highest total since 2013-14. The Wildcats have now won at least 10 non-conference games nine times in the past 10 seasons.
The Wildcats have 11 straight games at home dating back to last season, including 8 in a row this year.

How It Happened | First Half

Iwundu scored the first bucket of the game, driving the lane to give K-State an early 2-0 lead at the 18:43 mark.
After a second Wildcat bucket, Saint Louis scored nine straight points to take a 9-4 lead into the first media timeout. 
The Billikens led most of the half until the 7:20 mark when Edwards hit a 3-point bucket to give the Wildcats a 19-17 lead. 
K-State closed out the half on a 7-0 run, including a layup by junior Austin Budke with 8 seconds remaining, to take a 35-28 halftime lead into the locker room. 
The Billikens’ Austin Gillmann led all scorers with 8 points in the first half… Iwundu paced all Wildcat scorers with 6 points. 
K-State’s bench came up big in the half, outscoring Saint Louis’s reserves, 12-7…The Wildcats also outscored the Billikens, 8-2, off of turnovers and 18-12 in the paint. 

How It Happened | Second Half

K-State used an 8-4 run out of the break to take a 43-33 lead at the 13:56 mark… An Edwards dunk highlighted the run. 
The teams traded buckets over the next six minutes before a D.J. Johnson layup at the 6:44 mark gave the Wildcats a 54-40 lead. 
After Saint Louis cut the lead to 54-44 with 4:54 left to play, K-State went on an 8-0 run over the next minute to extend its lead to 62-44. 
The Wildcats used another 8-0 run a minute later to take a 72-45 lead with 1:32 remaining in the game. 
Budke hit a 3-pointer with 5 seconds remaining to give the Wildcats its largest lead of the game, 75-47.
Stokes, Iwundu and junior Carlbe Ervin II led all scorers in the second half with 7 points apiece. 
K-State dominated the half in the paint, outscoring Saint Louis 20-6…The Wildcats also outscored the Billikens 12-1 off of turnovers and 9-0 in fast break situations. 

Beyond the Boxscore
K-State is off to its best start since 2012-13 when the team also went 10-2 to open the Bruce Weber era.
K-State won its 10th non-conference game of the season for the first time since 2013-14… The Wildcats have now won 10 or more non-conference games 9 times in the past 10 seasons.
K-State is now 79-5 in non-conference play at home dating back to 2006-07, including 8-4 mark during the regular season… The Wildcats have won 68 of its last 71 non-conference home games.
Head coach Bruce Weber now has won 50 games at Bramlage Coliseum since taking over at K-State.
K-State has a 56-12 record in the month of December since 2006-07 including a 22-5 mark under Bruce Weber… The Wildcats are 34-3 in home venues in December, including 18-2 under Weber. 
Tonight’s matchup marked the 18th meeting between K-State and Saint Louis… The Wildcats tied up the series at 9-9, while the Wildcats hold a 5-3 edge in games at home. 

Quotable

“Obviously we are going to have to have great focus and intensity and we are going to have to man-up Saturday, Tuesday and next Saturday because the league is so tough,” head coach Bruce Weber said. “Someone said we might set a record for most non-conference wins for a 10-team league. Obviously, the league is good. It was good two years ago and got better last year, and maybe it is even better now.”

Up Next
K-State concludes its 3-game homestand on Saturday, as the Wildcats play host to No. 19/17 West Virginia (10-1) at 11 a.m. CT at Bramlage Coliseum. Tickets are priced at $18.75 with the Wildcat4Pack, in which, fans can purchase four general admission seats for just $75. The contest will be televised nationally on ESPNU.