K-State Tops Washburn, 73-58, in Final Exhibition




0-0 (0-0 MIAA)

0-0 (0-0 Big 12)

I. Clark: 15pts, 1reb
D. Salach: 13pts, 4rebs
B. Skeens: 7pts, 7rebs

W. Iwundu: 21pts, 11rebs, 3asts
B. Brown: 15pts, 3rebs, 1stl
X. Sneed: 9pts, 3rebs, 2stls

Washburn 27 31 58
K-State 46 27 73

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- A dominant first half and a double-double from senior Wesley Iwundu pushed K-State past Division II foe Washburn, 73-58, on Friday night before 12,028 fans at Bramlage Coliseum.

The win was K-State’s 20th consecutive in exhibition games since 2004, which includes six straight over Bob Chipman’s Washburn. Chipman, a 1973 K-State graduate, visited Bramlage Coliseum for the final time as the Ichabods’ head coach after announcing his intention to retire following the 2016-17 season.  

As teams traded baskets in the early going, K-State was able to pull away in the first half with hot shooting, connecting on 56.7 percent (17-of-30) from the field, including six 3-pointers. The Wildcats cooled off after intermission to finish at 46.2 percent (24-of-52), while connecting on 18-of-24 free throws, and held the Ichabods to 34.9 percent (22-of-63) shooting for the game. Both teams scored 30 points in the paint as K-State held the advantage in points off turnovers, 16-13.

Iwundu’s double-double included game-highs of 21 points (8-of-13) and 11 rebounds, leading K-State in both categories, as the senior guard was a perfect 4-of-4 from the stripe and added three assists. Sophomore guard Barry Brown followed Iwundu’s effort with 15 points (4-of-7), including two 3-pointers, while freshman forward Xavier Sneed added 9 points.

The Basics

Final Score: Kansas State 73, Washburn 58
Records: Kansas State 0-0, 0-0 Big 12 \\ Washburn 0-0, 0-0 MIAA
Attendance: 12,028
Next Game: Friday, Nov. 11, 2016 \\ vs. Western Illinois \\ 8 p.m. CT \\ FOX Sports Kansas City

The Short Story

A dominant first half and a double-double from senior Wesley Iwundu pushed K-State past Division II foe Washburn, 73-58, on Friday night before 12,028 fans at Bramlage Coliseum.
Iwundu paced all scorers with 21 points (8-of-13) and also had a game-high 11 rebounds in 31 minutes of action.
A total of 10 Wildcats got on the scoresheet, but sophomore Barry Brown was the only other in double figures with his 15-point effort, while freshman Xavier Sneed followed up with 9 points
Washburn was led by two players in double figures, Isaac Clark (15) and David Salach (13).

How It Happened  |  First Half
Washburn led out of the gate as teams traded baskets for the first four minutes. Iwundu and fellow senior D.J. Johnson scored 11 of the Wildcats’ first 13 points, including Johnson’s lay-up at the 15:41 mark to give K-State it’s first lead, 11-9.
The Wildcats then held the Ichabods scoreless for a span of 4:01 as the team mounted a 14-2 run to build some breathing room. A Brown 3-pointer with 10:58 to play in the half made it 23-11 in K-State’s favor.
An old-fashioned three-point play from Brown and a Dean Wade triple gave K-State a 32-19 lead at the under-8 media timeout.
K-State finished the half on another big run, this time 13-3, over the course of the final 5:07, as Iwundu scored the Wildcats’ final four points to give them a 46-27 advantage into the break.
The Wildcats connected on 56.6 percent (17-of-30) in the first half and knocked down 6-of-13 from 3-point range. K-State won the battle of the boards, 22-13, and held a slim margin in points in the paint, 18-16.
Iwundu paced all scorers before the break with 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting and pitched in a team-high 7 rebounds, while Brown and Sneed added 9 points apiece as they were a combined 4-of-5 from beyond the arc.

How It Happened  |Second Half
The Ichabods forced K-State into seven turnovers before the first media timeout of the second half as Washburn used a 9-2 spurt to narrow the gap to 48-36.
A stingy defensive effort from the Wildcats helped keep Washburn at bay while K-State went nearly four minutes without a field goal make. Two Isaiah Maurice free throws followed by a lay-up made it 59-44 with 10:49 to play.
Both sides went cold, unable to hit a field goal for more than four minutes of play. Iwundu ended the dry spell with a lay-up at the 6:05 mark to put K-State up 66-50.
The Wildcats made just two field goals in the final six minutes, both with under one minute to play, as they fended off a short rally attempt from Washburn to close it out 73-58.
K-State was hindered by 14 second half turnovers and shot just 31.8 percent (7-of-22) from the field. The Wildcats made only one 3-pointer after the break but were a steady 12-of-17 from the stripe.
Iwundu and Brown each scored 6 points after the intermission as Iwundu went for a game-high 21 points followed by Brown’s 15.

Beyond the Boxscore
K-State is now 63-20 (.759) all-time in exhibition play, including 48-9 at Bramlage Coliseum.
The Wildcats have now won 20 consecutive home exhibition games dating back to 2004.
K-State is 8-0 in exhibition play under head coach Bruce Weber, including 3-0 over Washburn.
K-State is now 6-0 all-time versus the Ichabods in exhibition play.

“I have had some individual meetings this week and one was with Wes [Iwundu],” said head coach Bruce Weber. “I challenged him, his shot was better, and I said I think you forgot who you are and what you’ve been. I told him you should have a triple-double sometime soon. I said if you have a motor and do those things, you’ll get your points and help us be successful. He did a lot of good things. Second half, obviously the turnovers were not good and Wes was a part of that – they were all part of that. I want them to learn how to play. When you play on the road and you play good teams, they don’t let you run your stuff. You have to play basketball and make plays. I’ve been excited about our ball movement and today we had sticky fingers, especially in the second half.”

Up Next
K-State officially opens the 2016-17 season on Friday, Nov. 11 when the Wildcats play to Western Illinois in the second game of a doubleheader at 8 p.m. Tickets are available starting at $10, while fans can take advantage of the Bramlage Bundle for just $20, which includes a general admission/bench ticket, $10 concessions voucher and a souvenir from the K-State Super Store. The contest will be televised on FOX Sports Kansas City (state of Kansas, Kansas City area), K-StateHD.TV and ESPN3.