K-State Ends Skid with 63-49 win at TCU


GAME RECAP

63

49

NR/NR
K-STATE
WILDCATS
15-11 (4-9 Big 12)

NR/NR
TCU
HORNED FROGS
11-15 (2-11 Big 12)

LEADERS:
J. Edwards: 17pts, 4rebs, 3stls
B. Brown: 16pts, 5rebs, 2asts
D. Wade: 14pts, 5rebs, 4stls

LEADERS:
M. Trent: 11pts, 7rebs, 2asts
C. Collins: 9pts, 3rebs, 1stl
J. Miller: 9pts, 4rebs, 2stls

TEAM 1ST 2ND F
K-State 35 28 63
TCU 24 25 49

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Senior Justin Edwards paced three players in double figures with a game-high 17 points, as Kansas State ended its road losing streak with a 63-49 win over TCU on Tuesday night before a crowd of 4,999 at the newly-renovated Schollmaier Arena.

The win snapped the Wildcats’ 13-game road streak in Big 12 play, including a 6-game skid this season. It was the first overall road victory since a 68-66 win at Georgia on Dec. 7, 2015, ending a 7-game losing streak. 

The victory also enabled K-State (15-11, 4-9 Big 12) to equal its win total from the 2014-15 season.

K-State used impressive shooting from 3-point range to jump out to a big lead, rolling to a 16-4 advantage at the 13:56 mark of the first half. Five of the Wildcats’ first 11 field goal came from long range, including a 3-of-3 effort from freshman Barry Brown, who finished with 16 points.

TCU (11-15, 2-11 Big 12) could never quite recover, as the lead stayed at double digits for most of the second half. The Horned Frogs shot just 32.7 percent (16-of-49) from the field, including 18.8 percent (3-of-16) from 3-point range, and saw the Wildcats score 21 points off of 19 turnovers. 

K-State has now held 48 opponents to 60 points or less during Bruce Weber’s tenure, including eight this season.

Edwards, who led the Wildcats in scoring for the third consecutive game, went 5-of-10 from the field and 6-of-7 from the free throw line to go with 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks in 36 minutes. Edwards and Brown were joined in double figures by freshman Dean Wade, who finished with 14 points. Junior Wesley Iwundu, who struggled offensively, led the way with 6 rebounds to go with 3 assists, 3 blocks and 2 steals in 31 minutes.

TCU was led by sophomore Malique Trent’s team-high 11 points.

The Basics
Final Score: Kansas State 63, TCU 49
Records: Kansas State 15-11, 4-9 Big 12 \\ TCU 11-15, 2-11 Big 12
Attendance: 4,999
Next Game: Saturday, Feb. 20 \\ vs. 2/2 Kansas \\ 5 p.m. CT \\ ESPN2

The Short Story
Senior Justin Edwards led the way with a game-high 17 points, as Kansas State snapped its long road losing streak with a 63-49 win over TCU on Tuesday night at Schollmaier Arena.
The victory was the first on the road since a 68-66 win at Georgia on Dec. 7, 2015 and the first in Big 12 play since a 66-63 overtime win over No. 16 Oklahoma on Jan. 10, 2015.
Edwards was among three Wildcats in double figures, along with freshmen Barry Brown and Dean Wade, who tallied 16 and 14 points, respectively.
K-State held its eighth opponent to 60 points or less this season, as TCU connected on 32.7 percent (16-of-49) from the field, including just 18.8 percent (3-of-16) from 3-point range.
The Wildcats scored 21 points off of 19 Horned Frog turnovers.

How It Happened | First Half
After TCU opened the game with a pair of free throws from Devonta Abron, K-State responded with 8 straight points to take an 8-2 lead at the first media timeout with 15:55 to play.
The Wildcats extended the lead to 16-4 on a Johnson layup to cap an 8-0 run, forcing the Horned Frogs to take its first timeout at the 13:54 mark.
The timeout proved big, as TCU canned back-to-back 3-pointers to cut it to 16-11 just 72 seconds later.
Brown came through with consecutive clutch treys to push it back to 22-11 at the 11:46 mark and the lead moved to 26-11 after an Edwards’ tip-in with 9:20 before halftime.
The Frogs used a 7-1 run to close the gap to 26-18 on a pair of free throws by J.D. Miler at the 7:51 mark.
K-State responded with 4 straight points to push the lead back to 30-18 less than a minute later.
TCU slowly chipped away at the lead, closing to 31-24 on a putback by Trent.
The Wildcats ended the half with 4 consecutive points from Wade to lead 35-24 at the break.
K-State connected on 45.8 percent (11-of-24) of its field goals, including 55.6 percent (5-of-9) from 3-point range, and knocked down 8-of-12 free throws (66.7 percent). TCU was held to just 25 percent (6-of-24) shooting from the field, including 27.3 percent (3-of-11) from long range.
Brown (11) and Edwards (10) combined for 21 of the team’s 35 first-half points on 8-of-11 field goals.
K-State scored 14 points off of 10 TCU turnovers.

How It Happened | Second Half
Wade continued his scoring streak to start the second half, as his jumper gave K-State a 37-24 lead.
The lead stayed in double figures, as another Brown 3-pointer extended the Wildcats’ lead to 42-29 at the first media timeout with 15:41 on the clock.
TCU closed to within 42-33 on a layup by Miller at the 13:59 mark.
K-State was able to get some distance with the help of a 7-0 run to take its largest lead at 52-35 after a layup by Johnson with 9:30 remaining.
The Wildcats maintained a double-digit advantage down the stretch, including 15 on two occasions.
TCU was able to close within 58-47 on a back-to-back dunks to force a K-State timeout with 2:59 to play.
K-State responded down the stretch, knocking down 5-of-8 from the free throw to secure the victory.
The Wildcats shot just 32 percent (8-of-25) in the second half, including 33.3 percent (2-of-8) from 3-point range, while the Frogs were at 40 percent (10-of-25).
Wade led all players with 8 points in the second half on 3-of-6 shooting.

Beyond the Boxscore
K-State now leads the all-time series with TCU, 9-4, including 6-2 in the Big 12 era… The win snapped a two-game losing streak to the Horned Frogs and marked the first in Fort Worth since a 65-47 victory on Jan. 7, 2014 at the old Daniel J. Meyer Arena.
K-State held its 48th opponent to 60 points or less in head coach Bruce Weber’s tenure, including its 22nd
in Big 12 play… The Wildcats are now 41-7 in such contests, including 19-3 vs. league competition.
K-State is now 14-4 this season when out-rebounding its opponent, posting a 40-31 edge on the glass.
K-State scored 20 or more points off of turnovers for the sixth time this season.
K-State tied a season-low with 22 points in the paint.
Edwards led the team in scoring for the team-leading 9th time this season with 6 in Big 12 play.
Wade posted double figures for the 13th time this season with 6 in league action.
Brown scored in double-digits for the 10th time with 7 coming in Big 12 play.
K-State used its fifth different starting lineup of the season with Edwards, Brown, Iwundu, Wade and junior D.J. Johnson… Iwundu is the only player to start all 26 games this season.

Up Next
K-State returns to Bramlage Coliseum for the first of back-to-back home games against ranked opponents, as the Wildcats host No. 2/2 Kansas (22-4, 10-3 Big 12) at 5 p.m. CT Saturday on ESPN2. The Jayhawks won the first meeting, 77-59, on Feb. 3 at Allen Fieldhouse.