Wildcats Top BYU in Tight One

PROVO, Utah  - A comeback in each half by Kansas State on Friday evening pushed the Wildcats to its second win of the season, a 65-62 decision over BYU.

A pair of Brittany Chambers free throws with 13.6 seconds to play gave K-State a three-point advantage, 65-62. BYU used a furious charge down the floor, but was only able to fire off one 3-point field goal against the K-State defense.

Kansas State (2-3) was led by senior Ashley Sweat with 18 points, while freshman Taelor Karr scored a career-high 17 points and Chambers added 16 off the bench.

BYU (3-2) opened a 16-9 lead in the first 10 minutes of the contest, using seven points from guard Haley Hall to aid the advantage. The Cougars extended the lead to eight at 22-14 with 7:50 to play in the half, but the Wildcats fought back to close out the half.

K-State used a 16-5 run to capture a 30-27 halftime advantage. The Wildcats' run was sparked by forcing seven BYU turnovers and forcing the Cougars to shoot 2-of-9 from the field for the final 7:50 of the half. The Wildcats also did not allow BYU to attempt a single free throw in the opening stanza.

K-State's comeback was boosted by 14 first half points from Karr and seven apiece from Sweat and Chambers. The Wildcats shot .458 from the field in the opening half and .500 from beyond the 3-point line.

The Cougars sprinted to an 11-2 run to open the second half, capped by a Hall three-pointer with 17:04 to play, forcing the Wildcats into an early timeout. After trailing 40-35 at the first official timeout of the second half, K-State used an 11-6 run to even the score at 46 with 11:46 to play. During the run, K-State knocked down three attempts from the 3-point line.

Following K-State's run, BYU and the Wildcats exchanged the lead six times over the next four minutes. A jump shot by Kari Kincaid gave K-State a 52-51 lead with 7:45 to play, a lead the Wildcats would not relinquish for the remainder of the game.

The Wildcats finished the game shooting .469 from the field, including .526 from beyond the arc (10-of-19). The 10 connections from beyond the 3-point line were the most since Jan. 3, 2009 against Central Arkansas.

Kansas State will conclude its three-game road trip on Wednesday, Dec. 2 at Arkansas. The Wildcats return to Manhattan to host the Commerce Bank Wildcat Classic on Dec. 4-5.