Jan. 11, 2014
LAWRENCE, Kan. – No. 25 Kansas State saw its 10-game winning streak come to an end on Saturday afternoon, as No. 18 Kansas used a balanced offensive attack to post an 86-60 win at Allen Fieldhouse.
The Jayhawks connected on a near season-best 56.1 percent (32-of-57) from the field, including 65.5 percent (19-of-29) in the first half. Freshman Andrew Wiggins paced four players in double figures with 22 points on 7-of-13 field goals, including a 3-of-4 effort from beyond the arc, while fellow freshman Wayne Selden, Jr., added 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting.
The 86 points were the second-most allowed by K-State this season, which had held opponent to just 53.1 points on 36.7 percent shooting during its 10-game winning streak. The Wildcats ranked among the nation’s Top 10 in both scoring defense (58.0 ppg.) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (25.1).
“Kansas is very good,” said head coach Bruce Weber. “They have great depth. I put 12 guys on the board when we were coming up with our game plan, and they are all very good players. We tried to trap the post. San Diego State did a great job, but they probably have a little bit more length than us. You try to take away something, but you have to give them something and they made shots. That’s the best I have seen (Andrew) Wiggins shoot the basketball, (Wayne) Selden (Jr.) has played really well the last few games, and now they spread us out and got us inside.”
Juniors Nino Williams (12) and Thomas Gipson (10) led the K-State offensive attack in double figures, while senior Shane Southwell and freshman Jevon Thomas each added nine points. Freshman Marcus Foster had team-highs in rebounding (five) and assists (three) to go with seven points.
Kansas broke open a tight game early with an 18-8 run over an eight-minute stretch in the first half to take a 24-14 lead with 7:46 remaining in the first half. The lead only expanded from there, as the Jayhawks took a 45-28 advantage into halftime.
Kansas was nearly flawless offensively in the first half, connecting on a season-high 65.5 percent from the field and posting 14 assists on 19 field goals made with zero turnovers. Selden led all scorers with 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting, while sophomore Perry Ellis added eight.
“We started the game okay, but it was more when they had their second group in there,” said Weber. “They picked us apart and made shots. They built their margin, got their confidence going, and we didn’t have any answers. I didn’t think we were very efficient, offensively. We kind of froze. They switched some things and stayed with ball screens, and we didn’t move the ball well enough. We got some open shots and went 1-of-11 from 3-point range. That is not going to cut it when they go 8-for-18 from beyond the arc, and that was probably the difference in the game.”
The lead increased in the second half, as Kansas pushed it to as many to a game-high 26 on two occasions, including 60-34 with 14:32 to play. K-State closed it to 18 twice in the half, but could get no closer, as the Jayhawks have now won 10 of the last 11 meetings, including six straight. The Wildcats have lost eight consecutive games at Allen Fieldhouse with the last win coming on Jan. 14, 2006.
The 60 points were the second-fewest scored by K-State this season on 44 percent shooting (22-of-50), including just 9.1 percent (1-of-11) from beyond the arc. The Wildcats were out-rebounded for just fourth time this season, 33-25, snapping a streak of 11 consecutive games of out-rebounding their opponent. The team had just six assists on 22 field goals and posted 10 turnovers.
K-State begin a two-game homestand on Tuesday, as the Wildcats host Oklahoma (13-3, 2-1 Big 12) at Bramlage Coliseum at 6 p.m. CT on ESPN2. Bench and general admission tickets are priced at $25 and chairback tickets are priced at $40, while four bench tickets can be purchased for just $75 and groups of 12 or more can get bench tickets for $15 each.
Fans can purchase tickets through the Athletics Ticket Office in a variety of ways, including toll free at (800) 221-CATS (2287), online at www.kstatesports.com/tickets and in-person at Bramlage Coliseum.