K-State Wins Exhibition Opener, 80-42

GAME RECAP

42

80


NR/NR
EMPORIA STATE
HORNETS
0-0 (0-0 MIAA)

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

LEADERS:
K. Allen (7 pts, 7 rebs, 2 stls)
C. McKinney (6 pts, 4 rebs)
J. Taylor (6 pts, 1 reb)

LEADERS:
W. Iwundu (17 pts, 7 rebs, 6 asts)
J. Edwards (13 pts, 5 rebs, 4 asts, 2 stls)
S. Hurt (11 pts, 7 rebs)

TEAM 1ST 2ND F
Emporia State 17 25 42
K-State 43 37 80

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Junior Wesley Iwundu paced four players in double figures with a game-high 17 points to help Kansas State cruise past Division II foe Emporia State, 80-42, in the team's first exhibition game on Friday night at Bramlage Coliseum.

The Wildcats have now won 17 consecutive home exhibition games dating back to 2004.

K-State was impressive on both ends of the court, connecting on 50.8 percent (30-of-59) from the field, including 61.5 percent (16-of-26) in the first half, while holding the Hornets to 25 percent (13-of-52) shooting, including 15 percent (3-of-20) in the first half. 

The 80 points were the most in an exhibition game since scoring 81 against Emporia State on Nov. 4, 2012, while the 42 points were the fewest allowed in an exhibition contest since 1979.

The Basics
Final Score: Kansas State 80, Emporia State 42
Records: Kansas State 0-0, 0-0 Big 12 // Emporia State 0-0, 0-0 MIAA
Attendance: 11,327
Next Game: Friday, Nov. 6 \\ vs. Fort Hays State \\ 7 p.m. CT \\ FOX Sports Kansas City

The Short Story
Junior Wesley Iwundu paced four players in double figures with a game-high 17 points to help Kansas State cruise past Division II foe Emporia State, 80-42, in the team’s first exhibition on Friday night before 11,327 at Bramlage Coliseum.
Iwundu led the Wildcats in scoring (17), rebounding (7), assists (6) and minutes played (24).
Senior Justin Edwards (13), senior Stephen Hurt (11) and junior Austin Budke (10) also scored in double figures for K-State. In all, 11 players scored at least two points, including 10 with a made field goal.
Transfer Kevin Allen led Emporia State with 7 points and 7 rebounds.

How It Happened  |  First Half
After Iwundu hit a 3-pointer just 33 seconds into the game, the two teams struggled offensively as they combined to go scoreless for over three minutes before Charles McKinney scored Emporia State’s first basket at the 16:24 mark.
K-State used an 8-0 run midway through the first half to push a one-possession game into a 17-6 lead with 9:45 on the clock. Edwards had a pair of lay-ups in the run.
The Wildcats continued their push, scoring 10 of the next 12 points to take a commanding 27-10 advantage with 4:22 to play in the first half. Iwundu had six points in the stretch.
The teams traded points over the next few minutes before K-State ended the half on a 10-1 run to take a 43-17 lead into halftime, which included six straight points before the buzzer.
The Wildcats connected on 61.5 percent (16-of-26) in the first half and knocked down 9-of-10 from free throws. The team held a 22-4 edge in the paint and a 15-2 advantage in fast-break points. 
Edwards led all scorers in the first half with 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting, while Iwundu added 9 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in 13 minutes. 

How It Happened  |  Second Half
Freshman Kamau Stokes jump-started the second half with a 3-pointer just 36 seconds in, while Iwundu followed with a lay-up to help the K-State lead balloon to 31 (48-17) with 18:58 to play.
Emporia State would close the gap to 51-28 with 15:44 on the clock on a 9-1 run capped by a lay-up by Terrence Moore. However that would be closest the Hornets would get the rest of the way.
The Wildcats maintained a healthy lead for the rest of the way, doubling up the Hornets, 68-33, with 8:03 to play after a 3-pointer by Hurt, before pushing to a game-high 40 (78-39) on a free throw by freshman Pierson McAtee at the 2:49 mark and again (80-40) on a lay-up by senior Brian Rohleder at the 1:43 mark.
Hurt led all scorers in the second half with 9 points and 6 rebounds, while Iwundu added 8 points.

Beyond the Boxscore
K-State is now 57-18 (.756) all-time in exhibition play, including 39-9 at Bramlage Coliseum.
The Wildcats have now won 17 consecutive home exhibition games dating back to 2004.
K-State is 5-0 in exhibition play under head coach Bruce Weber.
K-State is now 3-0 vs. Emporia State in exhibition play.
The 80 points were the most in an exhibition since scoring 81 vs. Emporia State on Nov. 4, 2012.
The 42 points were the fewest allowed in an exhibition game since the University of Windsor (Canada) scored 39 at Ahearn Field House on Nov. 29, 1979.
In all, eight players made their first appearances in a Wildcat uniform, including starts by true freshman Dean Wade and Kamau Stokes.

Quotable
“We did not know what to expect and our guys did not know either because it is a whole new team,” said head coach Bruce Weber. “Our older guys gave us consistent and even numbers, which eased up the young guys so they could come along. I thought we struggled early and were very stagnant on offense and did not do what we practiced, but that is why we play two exhibition games. Wesley (Iwundu) got us going and got us on a nice run in the first half. The young guys did some good things but it was all new to them. From learning to deal with the fouling, to learning when to go and when not to. We got a little bit of confidence from this and we just need to continue making progress.”

Up Next
K-State plays its second exhibition game on Friday, Nov. 6 when the Wildcats play host to Fort Hays State at 7 p.m. Tickets are available starting at $10, while fans can take advantage of the new 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.