K-State Holds Off Pesky SCSU, 68-66




3-4 (0-0 MEAC)

5-1 (0-0 Big 12)

E. Stephens: 24pts, 1reb, 1ast
E. Eaves: 21pts, 3rebs, 3asts, 4stls
D. Palmer: 7pts, 7rebs

J. Edwards: 18pts, 7 rebs, 6asts
D. Wade: 12pts, 5rebs, 2stls
S. Hurt: 10pts, 10rebs, 2asts

South Carolina State 30 36 66
K-State 36 32 68

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State used another balanced scoring attack, led by senior Justin Edwards’ 18 points, to hold off pesky South Carolina State, 68-66, in front of 11,781 fans in Bramlage Coliseum on Sunday afternoon. 

With the Wildcats clinging to a 64-61 lead with just 18 seconds remaining, Edwards knocked down four straight free throws to help hold off the Bulldogs, which hit nine 3-pointers in the game and three in last 1:42.

Edwards was one of four players in double figures, as the Wildcats (5-1) have now had at least three players score in double figures in five of six games this season, going 5-0 in those contests. He has now scored in double figures in all six games this season, which is the longest stretch in his K-State career.

Edwards added seven rebounds and a team-high six assists in 34 minutes, while fellow senior Stephen Hurt collected the first double-double of his K-State career with 10 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. He became the third different Wildcat to post a double-double this season.

Freshman Dean Wade and junior Wesley Iwundu finished in double figures, scoring 12 and 11 points, respectively.

South Carolina was led by Ed Stephens and Eric Eaves, who combined to score 45 of the team’s 66 points on 15-of-28 shooting, including 7-of-13 from beyond the arc.

The Basics
Final Score: Kansas State 68, South Carolina State 66
Records: Kansas State 5-1, 0-0 Big 12 // South Carolina State 3-4, 0-0 MEAC
Attendance: 11,781
Next Game: Friday, Dec. 4 \\ at Georgia \\ 6 p.m. CT \\ SEC Network

The Short Story
Kansas State used another balanced scoring attack, led by Edwards’ 18 points, to defeat the South Carolina State Bulldogs, 68-66, in front of 11,781 fans in Bramlage Coliseum on Sunday afternoon.
The Wildcats improved to 5-1 on the season for the first time since the 2012-13 season. 
Edwards has now scored double-digit points in each of the first six games of the season. The senior went for 18 points against SCSU, along with 7 rebounds and a game-high 6 assists. 
Hurt recorded his first double-double (10 points, 10 rebounds) as a Wildcat and the ninth of his career. 
The Wildcats dominated the game in the paint, outscoring the Bulldogs 40-18 in the win. 

How It Happened | First Half
K-State opened the scoring 13 seconds into the game as Iwundu hit a layup for a 2-0 lead. 
After the Wildcats took a 6-3 lead, the Bulldogs scored four in a row to take its first lead at 7-6.
South Carolina State took its largest lead of the game with 8:20 to play, going up 21-16 after Greg Mortimer hit a layup. 
The Wildcats used a 9-0 run to retake the lead at 25-21 at the 6:54 mark. The run was highlighted by a dunk by Iwundu, which was set up by Stokes. 
Edwards’ dunk with 41 seconds left gave the Wildcats a 36-28 lead, the largest of the half for either team. 
K-State dominated the half in the paint, outscoring the Bulldogs 26-10. 
Edwards led all scorers with 12 points in the half. Ervin added 7 points, while Hurt tacked on 6 points. 

How It Happened | Second Half
After trading buckets for the first three minutes of the half, the Wildcats went 10-0 run to extend the lead to 50-39 with 15:07 remaining in the game. 
SCSU answered with an 8-0 run of its own over the next four minutes to cut the lead to 52-49. 
Eaves brought the Bulldogs within 54-53 with 8:13 to play after he hit a jumper. Eaves, who was fouled on the shot, missed a potential game-tying free throw. 
K-State pushed the lead back out to 62-55 as Wade hit a layup with 2:03 left in the game. 
Edwards hit four three throws in the final 18 seconds of the game to seal the victory for the Wildcats. 
Wade led all Wildcat scorers in the second half with 10 points to go with 5 rebounds.

Beyond the Boxscore
K-State has started 5-1 for the first time since the 2012-13 season, Weber’s first season as head coach. 
The Wildcats are now 28-0 all-time and 2-0 this season against teams from the MEAC. 
Edwards has now scored in double figures in each of the first six games.
Iwundu’s 3-point basket at the 16:07 mark of the second half was his first made 3-pointer of the season. 
Hurt’s double-double (10 points, 10 rebounds) marks the first double-double while at K-State. 
The Wildcats have forced opponents into 88 turnovers in the first six games.
K-State scored a season-high 40 points in the paint in the win over SCSU. 

“You have to give South Carolina State a lot of credit,” head coach Bruce Weber said. “Most of the year when you watch them, they go up-and-down, but they slowed it up and made us guard. We did not do a very good job guarding. I talked about difference maker stats before the game. Our play-hard chart which they were winning at half time, we just barely won. That is always a great indicator on who is ready and focused. We talked about rebounding and that was one thing that we controlled and probably saved us. Although they had 11 offensive rebounds in the second half. I talked about turnovers and we had 17 turnovers, might be the most for the year. Careless stuff and mistakes trying to force things. I talked about 3-point percentage defense, which we have been very good, been one of our number one things, but today they shoot 39 percent and were 43 percent at halftime. Those are all just readiness stuff and we were not all ready to play, but we won and we got to move forward.”

Up Next
K-State hits the road for the first time on Friday, Dec. 4, as the Wildcats travel to Athens, Georgia, to face Georgia (2-2) at 6 p.m. The game will be televised on the SEC Network.