Second Half Rally Helps K-State Past South Dakota, 93-72


GAME RECAP

72

93

NR/NR
SOUTH DAKOTA
COYOTES
1-3 (0-0 Summit)

NR/NR
K-STATE
WILDCATS
3-0 (0-0 Big 12)

LEADERS:
S. McClelland: 20 pts, 5 rebs, 4 asts
D. Jech: 13 pts, 4 rebs
T. Norris: 8 pts, 6 rebs, 6 asts

LEADERS:
B. Brown: 18 pts, 2 rebs, 2 asts
J. Edwards: 15 pts, 8 rebs, 3 asts, 2 blks
D. Wade: 15 pts, 8 rebs, 2 blks

TEAM 1ST 2ND F
South Dakota 42 30 72
K-State 39 54 93

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State scored 54 points in the second half on 55.6 percent shooting, as the Wildcats rallied from a halftime deficit to post a 93-72 win over pesky South Dakota on Friday night before 12,257 fans at Bramlage Coliseum.

The 54 points were the most in any half since the Wildcats also scored 54 in the second half against Southern Utah on Nov. 14, 2014. The 93 points were also the most since scoring 98 against Southern Utah.

K-State is off to a 3-0 start to the season for the first time since 2012-13.

Freshman Barry Brown led four Wildcats in double figures with a season-high 18 points on 5-of-10 field goals, while seniors Justin Edwards and Stephen Hurt as well as freshman Dean Wade each added 15 points.

The Wildcats have now recorded three consecutive 80-point games to start a season for the first time since 2009-10 and the first time in any stretch since doing it three straight times from Dec. 23, 2010 to Jan. 3, 2011.

The Basics
Final Score: Kansas State 93, South Dakota 72
Records: Kansas State 3-0, 0-0 Big 12 // South Dakota 1-3, 0-0 Summit
Attendance: 12,257
Next Game: Monday, Nov. 23 \\ vs. Missouri \\ 6 p.m. CT \\ ESPNU

The Short Story
Freshman Barry Brown scored a season-high 18 points as Kansas State defeated South Dakota Coyotes, 93-72, in front of 12,257 fans in Bramlage Coliseum on Friday night.
Brown was one of four Wildcats in double figures, as K-State has had at least three players score in double figures in each of its three victories to start the season.
Kansas State’s 3-0 start is the first such start since the 2012-13 season when the Wildcats went 5-0 to open the Bruce Weber era. 
The Wildcats’ 36 made free throws were the sixth-most in a game in school history and the most since hitting 37 at Missouri on Jan. 13, 2007.
K-State is 10-0 all-time versus South Dakota is a series that dates back to 1977… The Wildcats are now 29-2 all-time against teams from the Summit League, including 28-0 at home.

How It Happened | First Half
Both teams got off to slow starts, as neither team scored a point until the 18:37 mark when Hurt hit a pair of free throws to give K-State a 2-0 lead. 
The Coyotes used a 9-0 run, capped off by a Dan Jech layup, to push the lead to 16-9 with 11:45 remaining in the half. 
Shy McClelland gave South Dakota its largest lead at 31-23 with 4:49 remaining after draining a 3-pointer.
K-State scored four points in the final 47 seconds of the half to cut the deficit to 42-39.
McClelland led all scorers in the first half with 14 points. 
Wade led all Wildcat scorers with 8 points, along with 5 rebounds. Edwards added 6 points, while Johnson and Brown each added 5 points. 

How It Happened | Second Half
K-State regained the lead at 51-49 on a pair of Edwards’ free throws with 15:36 to play. It was the Wildcats’ first lead since it was 9-7 at the 14:07 mark of the first half.
Over the next four minutes, the Wildcats would go on a 13-5 run to push the lead to double digits at 64-54 with 11:35 remaining.  
The Wildcats reached its biggest lead of the night with 45 seconds remaining, as freshman Ron Freeman scored the first points of his career to push the lead to 93-70. 
Brown led the Wildcats with 13 second-half points. Hurt also added 11 of his 15 points in the second half. 

Beyond the Boxscore
K-State is now 74-5 in non-conference play at home dating back to 2006-07… The Wildcats have now won 63 of their last 66 non-conference home games.
Head coach Bruce Weber is now 47-7 at Bramlage Coliseum.
The 93 points were a season-high and the most since scoring 98 vs. Southern Utah on Nov. 14, 2014.
K-State has now scored 80 or more points in three-straight games this season…The Wildcats are now 14-1 under Weber when scoring at least 80 points…It is also the first time that K-State has had three-straight 80 point games under Weber. 
The 36 free throws made by the Wildcats is the tied for the sixth-most free throws made in school history and the most since Jan. 13, 2007 at Missouri. 
The Wildcats outscored South Dakota, 18-9, off of turnovers and, 36-28, off the bench. 
Junior Austin Budke and freshman Ron Freeman scored their first career points in the contest.

Quotable
“We put a lot of energy into the Columbia game, and I thought our guys came out and played with that energy right from the get-go,” head coach Bruce Weber said. “We knew that the Kansas City trip is right on the other side of this. We have talked about being focused and being ready, and I do not think we were at the start. They kind of took us, and we did not see the ball and we let them get into the paint. They controlled the game at half and finally as the game went on we got the ball inside and we got to the free throw line and made our free throws. Some guys stepped up. Obviously, Barry [Brown] had a phenomenal game, got going and got some energy. Justin [Edwards], after coming off the best game of his career, was just standing straight up and was not energized, and then he came back with six straight rebounds to get us going and had a great spurt with Barry [Brown]. Slowly but surely we are making some progress and now we are going to Kansas City and leaving the comfort zone of playing here, and we have got to get ready for a big opportunity. We have the rivalry game with Missouri in a great venue and on national television. I hope our guys are excited and ready to go.”

Up Next
K-State begins play in the championship round of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic at the Sprint Center on Monday, as the Wildcats play Missouri (2-1) at 6 p.m. CT on ESPNU in the first game of a doubleheader. The winner will advance to play in the championship game of the tournament on Tuesday at 9 p.m. against the winner of the second game between 1/1 North Carolina (3-0) and Northwestern (2-0).