K-State Wildcats Pull Away Late Again

Jordan Henriquez

Nov. 14, 2011

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Manhattan, Kan. --- After a sluggish first half, which saw the Wildcats score six points in the opening 10 minutes, K-State pulled away in the closing minutes of the second half to beat Loyola Chicago 74-61.

The wildcats were led by freshman forward Thomas Gipson who finished the night with 19 points and seven rebounds and sophomore guard Will Spradling who posted 15 second half points.

Poor shooting plagued the Wildcats early in the first half as they started 2-for-12 from the field and 2-for-8 from the free-throw line. Freshman forward Nino Williams came off the bench and scored K-State's first four points of the game.

Loyola Chicago led for most of the first half until a Jeremy Jones 3-pointer gave the wildcats a 16-14 lead with 6:02 remaining. K-State would go into the break with a slim 28-23 lead.

Spradling came out firing in the second half as he scored seven straight points capped off with a jumper to extend the lead to 41-34 and begin the process of pulling away from the Ramblers.

The Ramblers were within striking distance for most of the game. Loyola's Ben Averkamp made a free throw to make the score 54-52, but a Rodney McGruder tip-in started a 14-6 run which would be more than plenty to give the Wildcats the win.

Sophomore forward Jordan Henriquez had a thunderous dunk early in the second period to get the crowd energized again. He missed out on a double-double coming one rebound short. Henriquez finished the game with 10 points and nine rebounds.

The shooting improved greatly for K-State as they shot 52 percent from the field and made 14-of-18 free throws in the second half.

K-State improves to 2-0 on the season and will be back in action on Tuesday, Nov. 22 as the Wildcats take on Maryland-Eastern Shore at 7 p.m. The game can be seen live on FOX Sports Kansas City.