Offense Sparks K-State To First Big 12 Win




11-4 (1-3 Big 12)

11-5 (1-3 Big 12)

J. Gray: 23pts, 8rebs, 2stls
A. Ross: 11pts, 4rebs, 4asts
Z. Smith: 8pts, 6rebs, 1stl

W. Iwundu: 17pts, 2rebs, 2asts
K. Stokes: 17pts, 6rebs, 4asts
B. Brown: 15pts, 4rebs, 2asts

Texas Tech 31 39 70
K-State 47 36 83

MANHATTAN, Kan. - A balanced scoring attack led by 17-point efforts from freshman Kamau Stokes and junior Wesley Iwundu sparked K-State to its first Big 12 win of the season over Texas Tech, 83-70, on Tuesday night in front of 12,361 fans at Bramlage Coliseum. 

Stokes and Iwundu were among five players to score in double figures for the Wildcats (11-5, 1-3 Big 12), who dominated the game from start to finish in leading for all but two minutes. Joining the duo in double digits were freshman Barry Brown (15), senior Justin Edwards (11) and freshman Dean Wade (10).

K-State posted season-highs in six offensive categories, including field goals (31), field goal percentage (56.4; 31-of-55), 3-point field goals (10), 3-point field goal percentage (52.6; 10-of-19), points in the paint (40) and fast-break points (18). The team jumped out to a big lead in the first half behind season-highs for points (47), field goal percentage (61.5; 16-of-26) and 3-point field goal percentage (66.7; 8-of-12).

Texas Tech (11-4, 1-3 Big 12) was led by sophomore Justin Gray, who posted a career-high 23 points off of the bench, while junior Aaron Ross tacked on 11 points, also from the bench. 

The Basics
Final Score: Kansas State 83, Texas Tech 70
Records: Kansas State 11-5, 1-3 Big 12 // Texas Tech 11-4, 1-3 Big 12
Attendance: 12,361
Next Game: Saturday, Jan. 16 \\ vs. 17/18 Iowa State \\ 3 p.m. CT \\ ESPNU

The Short Story

K-State had a season-tying five players score in double figures en route to its first conference win of the season over Texas Tech, 83-70, on Tuesday night at Bramlage Coliseum. 
Stokes and Iwundu led all Wildcat scorers with 17 points each, while Brown (15), Edwards (11) and Wade (10) also registered double figures. It marked the third time this season that the team has had five players score in double figures, following Columbia (11/16/15) and Coppin State (12/9/15).
K-State posted season-high in 6 offensive categories, including field goals, field goal percentage, 3-point field goals, 3-point field goal percentage, points in the paint and fast-break points.
The Wildcats used a strong first-half performance, setting season-highs for points, field goal percentage and 3-point field goal percentage in a half.
K-State has now won 7 straight over Texas Tech at home dating back to 2009.
The win snapped the Wildcats’ season-long 3-game losing streak and gave K-State its first win of 2016. 

How It Happened | First Half
Texas Tech’s Toddrick Gotcher opened the scoring in the game, connecting on a 3-point bucket to give the Red Raiders the early 3-0 lead. 
K-State would respond quickly, going on an 8-0 run over the next two minutes to take an 8-3 lead at the 17:17 mark… Iwundu scored 4 of 8 points on the run. 
Tech battled back and cut the lead 19-17 at the 11:07 mark, but K-State jumped out to a 20-5 run over the next six minutes to take a 39-22 lead…The 17-point margin was the largest for the Wildcats in the half. 
The lead was then cut to 44-31 with just over a minute to play before Stokes hit a big 3-pointer with five seconds remaining to give the Wildcats a 47-31 lead heading into the locker room. 
Stokes led all Wildcats in the first half with 15 points, while Brown added 11 points off of the bench. 
K-State also dominated in fast break points, outscoring the Red Raiders 12-2 in the half. 

How It Happened | Second Half
Texas Tech came out hot in the second half, going on a 13-4 run over the opening four minutes to cut the lead to 51-44… Tech’s Zach Smith led the Red Raiders on the run with six of the 13 points. 
The lead was extended back to 57-47 after an Iwundu layup, but Tech answered with a 7-2 run to cut their deficit to 59-54 with just under 10 minutes to play. 
The Wildcat offense then caught fire, going on a 13-3 run over a two-minute stretch to give K-State a 72-57 lead with 6:58 remaining in the game. 
With a comfortable lead, the Wildcats rode out of the rest of the game, not letting their lead dip below double digits over the final seven minutes. 
Wade scored all 10 of his points in the second half to lead all Wildcat scorers. 

Beyond the Boxscore
K-State is 9-1 in home venues this season, including 8-1 at Bramlage Coliseum.
Tonight’s matchup marked the 33rd meeting between K-State and Texas Tech… The Wildcats now hold a 22-11 advantage over the Red Raiders, including a 15-10 mark in the Big 12 era.
K-State’s 83 points tied for the second-most this season and the most since scoring 83 vs. No. 19/17 West Virginia (1/2/16)… It marked the team’s sixth 80-point game this season.
The last time the Wildcats made 10 or more 3-pointers was vs. Southern Utah (10; 11/14/14).
42 of K-State’s 83 points came from freshmen (Brown, Stokes and Wade) on 14-of-27 field goals.
K-State won its first game (1-4) when losing the rebounding battle, as Texas Tech held a 36-32 edge… The Red Raiders posted opponent-highs for offensive rebounds (17) and second-chance points (20). 
Iwundu has now has led the team in scoring 5 times this season and 7 in his career, while Stokes has now led in scoring twice… Iwundu has 12 double-digit scoring games and 26 in his career.
Brown registered 15 or more points for the 4th consecutive game, in which, he is averaging 17.3 points per game… He has now scored in double figures 7 times.
Edwards posted double figures for the team-leading 12th time and 68 in his career… He led the team in rebounding (8), assists (4) and steals (3).
Wade scored in double figures for the 10th time, including the second time in Big 12 play.

“I think if we keep coming in the gym, executing and sharing the basketball,” said head coach Bruce Weber. “I do not know if we are going to get 80s (every game), but we just need to keep doing the little things. Justin [Edwards] gets a put back, Wes [Iwundu] gets a put back – all those little things help. I don’t think we are a great shooting team, but we can be a good scoring team if we can do all the things that we can do well. Wes got downhill today, got in the paint, dished it, scored and got a tip in. Kam [Kamau Stokes] hits a three, Kam finds Barry [Brown], Barry hits a three. We had much better ball movement. That is one thing we really emphasized when we got back from Oklahoma.”

Up Next
K-State concludes its brief 2-game homestand on Saturday, as the Wildcats host 17/18 Iowa State (12-3, 1-2 Big 12) at 3 p.m. CT.  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.