Wildcats Upend No. 21 Alabama, 71-58

Jordan Henriquez

Dec. 17, 2011

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KANSAS CITY, Mo.Jordan Henriquez scored a career-high 17 points and added eight rebounds to lead Kansas State to a 71-58 win over No. 21 Alabama Saturday night in the Hy-Vee Wildcat Classic at Sprint Center.

With the win, K-State improved to 7-1 on the season, while Alabama dropped to 8-3.

After opening the game 2-of-19 from the floor and trailing by as many as seven points, K-State battled back to take a 26-24 lead at the half before erupting for 45 second-half points on 63-percent shooting. Henriquez led the way with his 17 points, nine of which came in the second half, while Jamar Samuels poured in 14 points, all in the second half, and Angel Rodriquez added 13 points and seven assists – both career-bests for the true freshman.

In the second half, both teams traded baskets in the opening five minutes. A foul on Alabama’s JaMychal Green sent Jamar Samuels to the free-throw line where he would give K-State the lead for good. After the two made free-throws, the Wildcats went on a game-changing 26-10 run to take a 61-45 lead and put the game away.

Bench scoring was a decisive factor in the game for the Wildcats as the K-State subs outscored Alabama’s bench, 35-8. K-State also out-rebounded the Crimson Tide, 38-30, and also held an advantage on the offensive end, 13-8.

Poor shooting plagued the Wildcats early in the first half as Alabama went up 15-8 midway through the first half. K-State settled down and found its rhythm as it went on an 18-9 run to finish off a sluggish first half. A Henriquez two-handed flush off of a pass from Rodriguez with 20 seconds remaining highlighted the Wildcat run to close the first half of play.

K-State returns to action December 22 against Southern Illinois as it begins play in the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic. The game can be seen live on ESPNU at 3:30 p.m. CT.