Wildcats Power Past Howard 82-46

Will Spradling

Dec. 31, 2011

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State used a barrage of 3-pointers to defeat Howard in its final game before conference play begins as the Wildcats defeated the Bison 82-46. K-State shot 48 percent from beyond the arc as the Wildcats made a season high 13 3-pointers. Rodney McGruder led the attack as he scored 14 points and was 4-of-4 from long range. The 13 3-pointers made is tied for eighth in school history.

The Wildcats jumped out to an early 18-7 lead after making five of its first seven 3-pointers. A shot from behind the arc from Howard’s Glen Andrews cut the lead to 18-10, but eight straight points from Angel Rodriguez started a 15-0 run the put the game away for good and gave the Wildcats a 33-10 lead with 5:47 left in the opening half.

Four other Wildcats, Will Spradling (13), Angel Rodriguez (11), Jeremy Jones (10) and Jamar Samuels (10), joined McGruder in double-digit scoring.

K-State (11-1) used a combination of suffocating defense and quick offensive tempo to set the tone in the first half. The Wildcats held Howard (4-11) to 20 percent shooting from the field and held the Bison only 18 points in the opening half. The 18 points allowed was the fewest scored in a half since Feb. 2 when the Wildcats held Nebraska to 17 first-half points.

K-State stayed hot from the field, as the Wildcats started the second half with an 18-3 run to go up 68-21 and take its largest lead of the afternoon with 12:51 left in the game. The Wildcats shooting cooled down as they went nearly six minutes without a point and allowed Howard to go on a 12-0 run.

Bench depth was a deciding factor in the game, as the Wildcat reserves outscored Howards bench 34-12. Of the 14 K-State players to get into the game, only one did not record a point.

K-State will head into Big 12 conference play on a six game winning streak and are back in action on Wednesday, as the Wildcats travel to Lawrence to face in-state rival Kansas. The game can be seen live on the Big 12 Network at 7 p.m.