Wildcats Shutdown Missouri 75-59

Rodney McGruder

Jan. 7, 2012

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MANHATTAN, Kan. - Rodney McGruder scored 20 points and Will Spradling added 14, as Kansas State bounced back from its conference opening loss to hand Missouri's its first loss of the season 75-59 and give the Wildcats a win over a Top 10 team and 1,500th of all-time.

The Tigers came into the game averaging the second highest points per game in the nation with 86.2 but were held well below that mark by a tenacious K-State defense. The Wildcats forced 14 turnovers and held Missouri to a season low 32.7 percent shooting from the field. The 59 points was also a Missouri season low. The Wildcats were able to capitalize off of its defense as it scored 21 points off of Missouri turnovers.

K-State (12-2 1-1) sealed the game early as the Wildcats began the game with a 12-3 run and never looked back. Precision shooting from McGruder and Spradling saw the Wildcats take a 44-25 halftime lead, as the duo shot a combined 9-of-13 from the field in the opening stanza.

The Tigers' (14-1 1-1) shooting improved in the second half as they used a 7-0 run midway through the period to cut the lead to 52-39, but the Wildcats went on an 8-0 run themselves to stretch the lead back to 21 points capped off by a monstrous alley-oop dunk by McGruder from Spradling on a fast break. Shane Southwell was all over the court for the Wildcats as he filled the stat sheet with four points, five rebounds and six assits. Marcus Denmon led the Tigers with 17 points while Michael Dixon added 16.

K-State dominated in the post as they outscored Missouri 46-18 in the paint. Jordan Henriquez had a strong game from the block as he scored 10 points and added eight rebounds. Henriquez also added four blocks.

The Wildcats are in action again on Tuesday as they host the No. 4 Baylor Bears. The game can be seen live on Fox Sports Kansas City at 7 p.m.