Hot-Shooting K-State Downs TCU, 79-54


GAME RECAP

54

79

NR/NR
TCU
HORNED FROGS
11-19 (2-15 Big 12)

NR/NR
K-STATE
WILDCATS
16-14 (5-12 Big 12)

LEADERS:
C. Collins: 11pts, 2asts, 1stl
V. Brodziansky: 9pts, 6rebs, 1ast
K. Shepherd: 8pts, 7rebs, 1ast

LEADERS:
B. Brown: 15pts, 5asts, 2stls
J. Edwards: 12pts, 4rebs, 2asts
W. Iwundu: 11pts, 7asts, 2rebs

TEAM 1ST 2ND F
TCU 28 26 54
K-State 47 32 79

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Kansas State shot a staggering 76.2 percent from the field, including 66.7 percent from 3-point range, in the first half en route to a 79-54 win over TCU in front of 11,518 fans in Bramlage Coliseum on Wednesday. 

The win snapped the Wildcats’ three-game losing streak, as well as their three-game losing skid at Bramlage Coliseum. It also marked the first season sweep of the Horned Frogs since the 2014 season. 

K-State (16-14, 5-12 Big 12) opened the game by hitting their first nine shots, including four 3-point baskets to build a 10-point lead, 22-12, midway through the first half. The Wildcats shot 76.2 percent from the field in the half, the seventh-best field goal percentage in a half in school history and the best since the Wildcats shot 82.4 percent against Texas A&M in a half on Dec. 20, 2014. 

The Wildcats would reach their largest lead in the second half, going up 73-42 with 2:48 remaining in the game after senior Brian Rohleder drained two free throws, giving him a new career-high four points. 

K-State shot 56.5 percent (26-of-46) from the field in the game, including 52.6 percent (10-of-19) from 3-point range, and connected on 81 percent (17-of-21) from the free throw line. The team is now 6-0 this season when shooting better than 50 percent from the field.

Freshman Barry Brown led a balanced attack that saw a season-high 11 players score, including four in double figures, with a game-high 15 points with a season-high five 3-pointers.  Senior Justin Edwards led the effort for the graduating seniors, posting 12 points and 4 rebounds, with Stephen Hurt adding 4 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high 4 blocks. Junior Wesley Iwundu and freshman Dean Wade scored 11 and 10 points, respectively.

TCU (11-19, 2-15 Big 12) was held to just 33.3 percent (18-of-54) shooting and connected on just 14.3 percent (2-of-14) of 3-pointers. The Horned Frogs were led by sophomore Chauncey Collins, who scored 11 points in 38 minutes of action, while Karviar Shepherd provided 8 points and 7 rebounds. 

With the win, the Wildcats will be the No. 8 seed at next week’s Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. K-State will face off against No. 9 seed Oklahoma State on March 9 at 6 p.m. CT.

The Basics
Final Score: Kansas State 79, TCU 54
Records: Kansas State 16-14, 5-12 Big 12 // TCU 11-19, 2-15 Big 12
Attendance: 11,518
Next Game: Saturday, March 5 // at Texas Tech // 2 p.m. CT // ESPNews

The Short Story
Kansas State used a hot-shooting first half to down TCU, 79-54, in Bramlage Coliseum on Wednesday. 
K-State jumped out to an early 14-4 lead as the Wildcats would knock down their first nine field goal attempts to start the game. 
The Wildcats drilled a season-high 76.2 percent of their field goals in the first half, good for seventh-best in school history.
Despite a slow start to the second half for both teams, K-State was able to extend the lead to 31 points with less than three minutes remaining, eventually running out the clock for a 79-54 victory.
The Wildcats shot 56.5 percent from the floor and were led in scoring by Brown’s 15 points on five 3-pointers. Three others got into double figures for K-State – Edwards (12), Iwundu (11), and Wade (10).

How It Happened | First Half
Neither team scored in the opening two minutes before the Wildcats rattled off a 14-0 run over the next four minutes of play to go up 14-4.
The Wildcats began the game 9-of-9 from the field, including 4-of-4 from beyond the arc, as they built a 10-point lead, 22-12, with a Brown 3-pointer with 11:21 to play.
K-State took off on another 10-0 run between the last two media timeouts to build a 17-point lead, 40-23, with 3:57 to play.
The advantage moved to 20 points with just over one minute to play and settled at 19 going into the break, 47-28, thanks to Rohleder’s buzzer-beating jumper.
The Wildcats scorched the nets, shooting 76.2 percent (16-of-21), including 66.7 percent (6-of-9) from 3-point range, while holding TCU to 39.1 percent (9-of-23), including 25 percent (2-of-8) from long range.
The 76.2 percent shooting was a season-high for a half and the seventh-highest field goal percentage in a half in K-State history. 
K-State assisted on 15 of 16 made field goals in the first half.
Five Wildcats registered 6-or-more points in the half, led by Brown’s 9 points on 3-of-4 shooting from long range, while Iwundu added 9 points and 7 assists.

How It Happened | Second Half
A slow start to the second half saw just 18 points scored between the two teams in the first 10 minutes of play as the Wildcat lead climbed to 23 points, 58-35.
As the seniors exited, K-State crept the lead up to a game-high 31 points with just under two minutes to play and closed out the victory, 79-54.
Both teams cooled off in the second period, with K-State shooting 40 percent (10-of-25), including 40 percent (4-of-10) from long distance. TCU connected on just 29 percent (9-of-31) shooting, including 53.3 percent (8-of-15) from the charity stripe.
The Wildcats were paced in the second half by Brown and Edwards’ 6 points as 10 of the 12 K-State players to see action got on the scoresheet.
Rohleder set a career-high with 4 points, while Zach Winter and Ron Freeman tied their career highs with 3 points and 2 points, respectively. Mason Schoen registered the first points of his Wildcat career, going 1-of-2 from the free throw line.

Beyond the Boxscore
With tonight’s win, K-State surpassed its win total from 2014-15 (15)... The Wildcats are now 15-2 against unranked teams this season, including 11-0 at Bramlage Coliseum.
K-State is now 340-108 all-time at Bramlage Coliseum, including 139-28 over the past 10 seasons.
K-State is now 12-5 at Bramlage Coliseum and 13-5 at home overall this season… The Wildcats have now posted at least 11 wins at Bramlage Coliseum for 15 consecutive seasons.
K-State sweeps the season series from TCU for the first time since 2014 after posting 63-49 win over the Horned Frogs on Feb. 16… The Wildcats now own a 10-4 mark in the series, including a 6-1 mark at home.
K-State’s 79 points came on 56.5 percent shooting (26-of-46), including 52.6 percent (10-of-19) from 3-point range… The Wildcats are now 6-0 when shooting 50 percent or better from the field this season.
The 10 3-point field goals tied a season-high, which was also done vs. Texas Tech (1/12/16)… The 52.6 percent from 3-point range was the second-best of season and 5th time on 50 percent or better.
K-State dished out a season-tying high 23 assists, which led to 26 made field goals.
K-State had a season-best 11 players score, including 10 with at least one field goal made.
K-State moved to 9-3 when four or more players scored in double figures.

Quotable
“The big thing is how we practice going forward,” said head coach Bruce Weber. “We have to start preparing for Texas Tech as well as getting ready for Oklahoma State next week. The big key is how to get confidence, the way to do that is to get in the gym. Coach [Alvin] Brooks found a quote that said ‘The only reward for something good is to work harder,’ and that is what we need to understand. We have not been able to come back after big wins and play well the following game this year. If we come back with energy and emotion, we should have a good chance going forward.”

Up Next
K-State wraps up the regular season on Saturday, as the Wildcats travel to Lubbock, Texas to face Texas Tech (18-11, 8-9 Big 12) at 2 p.m. CT on ESPNews. The Wildcats won the first meeting, 83-70, on Jan. 12 at Bramlage Coliseum.