SE: Hoops Back on Track

Once the Wildcats’ shots started falling last night in Bramlage Coliseum, they just didn’t stop. 
 
All together, K-State (11-5, 1-3 Big 12) connected for 10 three-pointers, the most since November of 2014, as it downed Texas Tech (11-4, 1-3 Big 12), 83-70.
 
The win marked K-State’s first Big 12 victory of the season and provided a spark of momentum moving forward. 
 
“This is an important game moving ahead,” said junior Wesley Iwundu after last night’s win. “It was a good confidence game, a confidence booster. It was a big win.”
 
While Iwundu and freshman Kamau Stokes led the team in scoring with 17 points each, they were two of five Wildcats to score in double digits as freshman Barry Brown put away 15 points, senior Justin Edwards scored 11 and freshman Dean Wade had 10. It marked just the third time this season (along with Columbia and Coppin State) that the Wildcats had five players scoring in double figures. 
 
“We had five guys in double figures, and when we are playing well and playing successful, we have four or five in double figures,” explained Weber.
 
The win came by way of an exciting first half where the Wildcats’ scored a season-high 47 points. Stokes went 4-of-4 from behind the arc in the first 20 minutes while Brown went 3-of-3 from the three. With every three-pointer made, the energy in Bramlage Coliseum intensified. 
 
“Obviously when you make shots it helps, and it changes the whole dynamic of the game,” said Weber. “We were able to make some threes in the first half and a few in the second half. That has not been our forte by any means, but we’ve been talking to these guys about getting in the gym and getting shots up, and they’ve made some progress with that.” 
 
Despite a somewhat sluggish start to the second half, K-State used an 11-0 run with 7:27 to go in the game to get back on top. The Cats capped their run with a fancy, reverse dunk from Brown and never looked back.
 
Overall, K-State shot a season-high 56 percent from the field (31-of-55) and 53 percent (10-of-19) from behind the arc while holding the Red Raiders to 36.1 percent from the field (22-of-61) and 31.8 percent from the three (7-of-22).
 
“It’s always a lot of fun when you’re making shots, when you’re feeling it, and playing good defense,” said Stokes. “That helps get off fast breaks and we had a lot of fast breaks this game. It was a lot of fun.”
 
With a win under their belt, the Wildcats’ tough road through the Big 12 season continues on Saturday as K-State returns home to Bramlage Coliseum to host No. 17/18 Iowa State (12-4, 1-3 Big 12) at 3 p.m. 
 
“We came in tonight feeling like this was a very important game,” said Iwundu. “Every game is important, but this one was really, really important. This is a two-game home stand, so we have to protect home court and win these games.”
For stats, highlights, quotes and more on last night’s game, please click here.
 
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JONES NAMED USTFCCCA FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
After posting strong marks at last weekend’s Wildcat Invitational, senior Akela Jones has been named the USTFCCCA Division I National Female Athlete of the Week, the organization announced on Tuesday. 
 
Jones set a personal best in high jump at the Wildcat Invitational with a mark of 1.87m/6-01.50 and fell just short of her personal best in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.17. She went on to take first place in both events and both marks finished as national bests. 
 
To continue reading about Jones’ latest accolade, please click here