Dec. 1, 2013
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MANHATTAN, Kan. – Senior Shane Southwell paced a balanced effort with a career-tying 19 points, as Kansas State opened up a four-game homestand with an 87-54 win over Central Arkansas on Sunday afternoon at Bramlage Coliseum.
Southwell paced three Wildcats (4-3) in double figures with his career-tying effort, as he knocked down 8-of-14 field goals in 25 minutes. Junior Thomas Gipson continued his torrid pace of late with 17 points on 7-of-13 shooting to go with six rebounds in just 17 minutes of action. Since missing the first three games of the season due to injury, Gipson has scored 53 of his 57 points in the last three games.
Freshman Marcus Foster also scored in double figures with 10 to extend his streak of double-digit scoring games to six consecutive, while senior Will Spradling and junior Nino Williams chipped in nine points each on the afternoon. Sophomore D.J. Johnson nearly posted a double-double with a game-high 10 rebounds to go with eight points.
In all, a season-high 11 players registered points, including the season’s first points for walk-ons Shawn Meyer and Ryan Schultz and the first career points for freshman Jack Karapetyan.
The Wildcats (4-3) dominated the Bears (2-4) in every facet of the game, highlighted by a 52-22 rebounding advantage, which included a 23-5 edge on the offensive glass. K-State also used its size to dominate inside, outscoring UCA 42-22 in the paint, to go with a 19-4 edge in second-chance points. The squad also converted 16 turnovers into 18 points and held a 25-15 advantage from the bench.
K-State jumped out early in the first half, thanks to six straight points from Gipson to start the game.
Back-to-back 3-pointers from Spradling and Southwell stretched the lead to 12-2 at the 16:27 mark, before free throws from Johnson, Gipson and Williams opened the lead to 19-6 with 12 minutes to play in the opening half.
A pair of 3-pointers from Foster, and a lay-up from Johnson put the Wildcats up 27-8 with under eight minutes remaining in the opening stanza. Ryan Williams knocked down back-to-back shots from beyond the arc to bring the Bears within 16 points midway through the first half, but K-State responded with a 7-2 run to close out the half and post a 40-19 advantage at the break.
Southwell and Gipson opened up the second half by scoring 14 of the team’s first 16 points of the half to bring the Wildcat lead to 19 points at the 13:54 mark. The two teams went back and forth for most of the final half before K-State used a 12-6 run over the final four minutes to post the final margin.
Central Arkansas was led by freshman Jalen Jackson and senior DeShone McClure, as the duo added 12 points each. Williams added 10 points to round out the double digit scoring for the Bears.
The Wildcats scored a season-high 87 points on 46.3 percent shooting (31-of-67) in the contest, including just 30 percent (6-of-20) from 3-point range. The team knocked down 19-of-28 free throws, including 12-of-15 in the second half.
K-State continues its homestand on Thursday, as the Wildcats welcome defending SEC Tournament champion Ole Miss (6-0) on Thursday in the inaugural Big 12-SEC Challenge at Bramlage Coliseum. The game will tip off at 8 p.m. CT before a national audience on ESPN2.
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