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Kansas State pulls away from Washington State for 70-56 win

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Kansas State slowly, methodically broke down Washington State on Saturday night.

It probably shouldn't have been a surprise.

The Cougars were already playing without forward Jeff Pollard, who has mono, and Viont'e Daniels, who is dealing with the effects of a concussion. But then the news hit earlier in the day that Derrien King intends to transfer at the semester, leaving coach Ernie Kent's even more short-handed on the road.

''Any time a player leaves, it hurts your team,'' Kent said after the Wildcats rolled to a 70-56 victory at the Sprint Center, ''and yet you're in an era of transferring and he made the decision to do that.''

It left Washington State with eight guys to match up with a deep, balanced bunch of Wildcats, though, and the Cougars certainly looked tired by the time the final seconds ticked off the clock.

Wesley Iwundu had 15 points and eight rebounds, Barry Brown had 14 points, Dean Wade contributed 11 and Xavier Sneed finished with 10, all those scoring options helping Kansas State (9-1) overcome a lousy first-half shooting performance to win its 16th consecutive non-conference home game.

It was also the Wildcats' third straight win over the Cougars.

''We were trying to do stuff all on our own,'' Kansas State coach Bruce Weber said. ''Our defense was solid again, but we didn't do the things we needed to do offensively in the first half. Much better in the second.''

Indeed, Washington State (5-5) controlled almost the entire first half, never trailing until the final couple of minutes. But Kent's team fell behind 28-26 headed into the locker room, and kept slipping farther behind during the second half, when the Wildcats heated up from the perimeter.

They were 2 of 9 from 3-point range in the first half. They were 7 of 13 in the second.

''I think offensively we just came out slow, everybody was trying to probably put up the ball to see how it was going to go,'' Brown said. ''In the second half we just made the right play, made the simple passes and we were able to make some shots.''

Josh Hawkinson had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Cougars. Charles Callison also scored 10.

In truth, there weren't many bright moments in the first half for either team - at one point, they combined for one field goal over a five-minute stretch. Turnovers were also a problem with the teams giving it up five times during that same abysmal period.

But once the Wildcats assumed their first lead with 43 seconds left before halftime, they never trailed again. Their lead approached 20 points midway through the second half before coasting down the stretch.

''I thought the game was a tale of two halves,'' Kent said. ''We played I thought some really good basketball, probably our best basketball of the year in the first half and kept our composure. I thought Kansas State in the second half did a great job to keep their composure.''

STATS AND STREAKS

The Wildcats' Kamau Stokes had just four points on 2-for-10 shooting. He was 0 for 5 from beyond the arc. ... Washington State's starting guards, Malachi Flynn and Charles Callison, were a combined 4 for 15 from the field. ... Kansas State had a 30-16 scoring advantage in the paint.

BIG PICTURE

Washington State probably knew it would be a struggle when it had a tough time beating Carroll College in an exhibition game. But the Cougars' only wins since mid-November have come against Utah Valley and Idaho, with losses to Loyola, San Jose State and New Orleans along the way.

Kansas State has built a glossy record thanks to an atrocious nonconference schedule. The Wildcats' only tough game came in Brooklyn, when they lost 69-68 to Maryland. And things don't get a whole lot tougher with games against Colorado State and Gardner-Webb before Big 12 play.

UP NEXT

Washington State heads home to play Santa Clara next Saturday.

Kanas State plays the Rams next Saturday in Denver.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
+ 2 Charles Callison made layup, assist by Ike Iroegbu 7.0
+ 2 Charles Callison made layup, assist by Ike Iroegbu 7.0
+ 2 Charles Callison made layup, assist by Ike Iroegbu 7.0
  Defensive rebound by Ike Iroegbu 8.0
  Zach Winter missed layup, blocked by Robert Franks 10.0
+ 2 Josh Hawkinson made layup 35.0
+ 2 Josh Hawkinson made layup 35.0
  Defensive rebound by Ike Iroegbu 58.0
  Isaiah Maurice missed free throw 58.0
  Personal foul on Josh Hawkinson 58.0
  Robert Franks missed jump shot 59.0
Team Stats
Points 56 70
Field Goals 20-57 (35.1%) 27-62 (43.5%)
3-Pointers 9-23 (39.1%) 9-22 (40.9%)
Free Throws 7-8 (87.5%) 7-12 (58.3%)
Total Rebounds 32 40
Offensive 6 9
Defensive 22 28
Team 4 3
Assists 15 17
Steals 8 10
Blocks 3 4
Turnovers 14 13
Fouls 16 13
Technicals 0 0
10 PTS, 10 REB
15 PTS, 8 REB, 5 AST
12T
away team logo Wash. State 5-5 263056
home team logo Kansas St. 9-1 284270
Team Stats
away team logo Wash. State 5-5 74.8 PPG 36.2 RPG 14.9 APG
home team logo Kansas St. 9-1 65.8 PPG 35.8 RPG 13.6 APG
Key Players
00
C. Callison G PPG RPG APG FG%
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W. Iwundu G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
C. Callison G 10 PTS 2 REB 3 AST
W. Iwundu G 15 PTS 8 REB 5 AST
35.1 FG% 43.5
39.1 3PT FG% 40.9
87.5 FT% 58.3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Hawkinson 10 10 0 5/9 0/2 0/0 4 36 1 1 2 2 8
C. Callison 10 2 3 2/7 1/3 5/6 2 23 2 0 1 0 2
I. Iroegbu 7 8 1 3/10 1/2 0/0 0 34 3 0 3 2 6
C. Clifford 6 1 2 2/6 0/0 2/2 3 20 0 0 2 1 0
M. Flynn 6 2 6 2/8 2/4 0/0 2 34 1 0 3 0 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Hawkinson 10 10 0 5/9 0/2 0/0 4 36 1 1 2 2 8
C. Callison 10 2 3 2/7 1/3 5/6 2 23 2 0 1 0 2
I. Iroegbu 7 8 1 3/10 1/2 0/0 0 34 3 0 3 2 6
C. Clifford 6 1 2 2/6 0/0 2/2 3 20 0 0 2 1 0
M. Flynn 6 2 6 2/8 2/4 0/0 2 34 1 0 3 0 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Langston 9 2 1 3/6 3/6 0/0 2 19 1 0 0 0 2
R. Franks 5 2 2 2/8 1/3 0/0 2 24 0 2 3 1 1
S. Shpreyregin 3 1 0 1/3 1/3 0/0 1 10 0 0 0 0 1
V. Daniels - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. King - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Acquaah - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Ergas - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Pollard - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Chidom - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 56 28 15 20/57 9/23 7/8 16 200 8 3 14 6 22
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
W. Iwundu 15 8 5 6/14 1/3 2/2 1 31 3 0 3 3 5
B. Brown 14 1 3 5/13 3/5 1/4 1 31 3 0 2 0 1
D. Wade 11 3 0 4/8 2/4 1/1 2 25 0 0 1 0 3
D. Johnson 4 10 1 1/3 0/0 2/2 2 24 0 1 1 1 9
K. Stokes 4 2 5 2/10 0/5 0/1 2 30 2 0 4 0 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
W. Iwundu 15 8 5 6/14 1/3 2/2 1 31 3 0 3 3 5
B. Brown 14 1 3 5/13 3/5 1/4 1 31 3 0 2 0 1
D. Wade 11 3 0 4/8 2/4 1/1 2 25 0 0 1 0 3
D. Johnson 4 10 1 1/3 0/0 2/2 2 24 0 1 1 1 9
K. Stokes 4 2 5 2/10 0/5 0/1 2 30 2 0 4 0 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
X. Sneed 10 7 0 4/6 2/4 0/0 1 23 0 1 1 3 4
C. Ervin II 8 2 3 3/4 1/1 1/1 3 17 2 0 1 1 1
I. Maurice 4 4 0 2/3 0/0 0/1 1 14 0 2 0 1 3
M. Schoen 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
A. Budke 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
P. McAtee 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Z. Winter 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
B. Patrick 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
D. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Kinnamon - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Love III - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 70 37 17 27/62 9/22 7/12 13 200 10 4 13 9 28