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Brown, Mawien help No. 12 K-State beat Kennesaw State 56-41

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) Three of the veterans that led Kansas State to the Elite Eight last season spent the past week shuffling in and out of practice, each of them dealing with a nagging early season injury.

Barry Brown and Dean Wade were good enough to play against Kennesaw State on Friday night.

Xavier Sneed wound up sitting out the game.

Most of the way, the No. 12 Wildcats could have used him.

It wasn't until Brown and Wade helped to trigger a run midway through the second half that Kansas State finally established a comfortable cushion. Brown finished with 15 points and Wade added 13 as the Wildcats persevered for a 56-41 victory in their season opener.

''We were our worst enemy when it came to missing a layup, making a turnover,'' Wildcats coach Bruce Weber said. ''I hope they left with a sour taste in their mouth and come back and practice better tomorrow, but it's good that we made some plays at the end.''

Makol Mawien added 15 points and Austin Trice had 12 rebounds in his debut for the Wildcats, who led just 31-27 at halftime before leaning on their stingy defense to go on that late run.

It was enough to help the Wildcats win their 24th consecutive non-conference game at Bramlage Coliseum even without Sneed, who sprained his ankle in practice and was held out as a precaution.

''If we were playing Kansas tonight,'' Weber said, ''he's playing. We just have a big stretch coming up, Monday and then going to the Virgin Islands. We all felt it was better to rest him.''

Kosta Jankovic had 10 points to lead the Owls (1-1), who committed 21 turnovers and were no match athletically for their Big 12 foe. Kansas State had a 42-12 edge inside and 24-4 in transition.

''I mean, shooting 1 for 13 from 3 isn't good,'' Wade said of the Wildcats' offensive struggles, ''but it starts with defense. You get a couple stops, some easy layups, it gets everybody's confidence up. It all starts on the defensive end.''

Still, the Wildcats probably could have used Sneed most of the way.

Wade was trapped and double-teamed inside throughout the first half, rendering him mostly ineffective, and nobody else could execute well in the half-court. That left the Wildcats' offense to come almost entirely on the fast break, where Brown proved most successful at running the court.

Trice also got into the act early, making a highlight play by blocking Kennesaw State's Pietro Agostini and taking the rebound to the other end for a scooping layup.

But otherwise, the Wildcats scraped and clawed their way through the first 20 minutes.

Most of their second 20 wasn't a whole lot better.

Kennesaw State answered every time Kansas State tried to go on a run, and Kyle Clarke bookended a basket by Tyler Hooker to get the Owls within 41-37 with 9 1/2 minutes to go.

Cartier Diarra finally sparked the Wildcats by taking a run-out, spinning in the lane and getting a layup to go. Wade added a putback, Mawien converted in the paint and Brown scored on yet another fast break as the Wildcats ripped off eight straight points to take a 49-37 lead.

Kansas State slowly added to its advantage in the closing minutes.

''Like our coaches said in the locker room, we still won,'' Brown said. ''We're 1-0 right now and that's all that really matters.''

BIG PICTURE

Kennesaw State: The Owls proved they can hang tough for 30 minutes, but the Wildcats' superior depth began to show in the second half. Kennesaw State also hurt its upset bid with a series of sloppy turnovers, including four in a span of just a few minutes in the second half.

Kansas State: Diarra and Kamau Stokes, the Wildcats' two primary ball handlers, were shut out in the first half. Each finished with two points, going a combined 2 for 10 from the floor, putting some extra pressure on the rest of the team to score.

UP NEXT

Kennesaw State: Visits Samford on Monday night.

Kansas State: Plays Denver at Bramlage Coliseum on Monday night.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Defensive rebound by Pierson McAtee 6.0
  Kyle Clarke missed layup 6.0
  Defensive rebound by Ugo Obineke 16.0
  Shaun Neal-Williams missed 3-pt. jump shot 18.0
  Defensive rebound by Pierson McAtee 2.0
  Kyle Clarke missed layup 2.0
  Bad pass turnover on Pierson McAtee, stolen by Kyle Clarke 2.0
  Offensive rebound by James Love III 30.0
  Shaun Neal-Williams missed jump shot, blocked by Antonio Spencer 32.0
+ 2 Kyle Clarke made jump shot 42.0
  Turnover on James Love III 1:00
Team Stats
Points 41 56
Field Goals 17-52 (32.7%) 25-60 (41.7%)
3-Pointers 4-14 (28.6%) 1-13 (7.7%)
Free Throws 3-5 (60.0%) 5-11 (45.5%)
Total Rebounds 29 42
Offensive 7 13
Defensive 20 28
Team 2 1
Assists 9 13
Steals 9 10
Blocks 6 2
Turnovers 20 16
Fouls 18 14
Technicals 0 0
10 PTS, 1 REB, 1 AST
15 PTS, 6 REB, 3 AST
12T
away team logo Kennesaw State 0-1 271441
home team logo 12 Kansas State 1-0 312556
Team Stats
away team logo Kennesaw State 0-1 55.3 PPG 39.8 RPG 10.5 APG
home team logo 12 Kansas State 1-0 71.7 PPG 45 RPG 14.7 APG
Key Players
33
K. Jankovic F 10.5 PPG 4.5 RPG 1.8 APG 40.5 FG%
32
D. Wade F 13.7 PPG 9.7 RPG 3.3 APG 56.3 FG%
Top Scorers
K. Jankovic F 10 PTS 1 REB 1 AST
D. Wade F 15 PTS 8 REB 3 AST
32.7 FG% 41.7
28.6 3PT FG% 7.7
60.0 FT% 45.5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
K. Jankovic 30 10 1 1 1 0 2 2 3/7 1/3 3/4 0 1
K. Clarke 30 8 5 2 4 0 1 3 4/13 0/1 0/0 1 4
T. Hooker 33 7 3 2 0 0 4 2 3/13 1/6 0/0 1 2
I. Mbuyamba 27 2 6 1 1 2 1 1 1/3 0/0 0/1 1 5
B. Lockley 30 0 4 0 1 2 3 3 0/4 0/0 0/0 3 1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
K. Jankovic 30 10 1 1 1 0 2 2 3/7 1/3 3/4 0 1
K. Clarke 30 8 5 2 4 0 1 3 4/13 0/1 0/0 1 4
T. Hooker 33 7 3 2 0 0 4 2 3/13 1/6 0/0 1 2
I. Mbuyamba 27 2 6 1 1 2 1 1 1/3 0/0 0/1 1 5
B. Lockley 30 0 4 0 1 2 3 3 0/4 0/0 0/0 3 1
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
B. Parker 6 5 0 0 0 0 2 0 2/4 1/2 0/0 0 0
P. Agostini 11 3 1 0 1 0 1 1 1/3 1/2 0/0 0 1
A. Spencer 11 2 5 0 1 2 0 3 1/1 0/0 0/0 1 4
U. Obineke 7 2 1 1 0 0 1 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 1
C. Washington 15 2 1 2 0 0 5 3 1/3 0/0 0/0 0 1
D. Romich 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
M. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Lewis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Kuerban - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 201 41 27 9 9 6 20 18 17/52 4/14 3/5 7 20
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
B. Brown Jr. 36 15 6 3 4 0 3 2 7/15 0/1 1/1 0 6
D. Wade 29 15 8 3 1 0 2 2 7/13 0/2 1/1 2 6
M. Mawien 22 13 7 1 0 0 1 2 6/9 0/1 1/2 4 3
K. Stokes 29 2 2 5 3 0 4 2 1/6 0/2 0/1 0 2
C. Diarra 33 2 1 0 0 0 1 2 1/4 0/2 0/0 0 1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
B. Brown Jr. 36 15 6 3 4 0 3 2 7/15 0/1 1/1 0 6
D. Wade 29 15 8 3 1 0 2 2 7/13 0/2 1/1 2 6
M. Mawien 22 13 7 1 0 0 1 2 6/9 0/1 1/2 4 3
K. Stokes 29 2 2 5 3 0 4 2 1/6 0/2 0/1 0 2
C. Diarra 33 2 1 0 0 0 1 2 1/4 0/2 0/0 0 1
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
A. Trice 14 6 12 0 0 2 0 0 2/4 0/0 2/6 6 6
M. McGuirl 16 3 1 0 1 0 1 1 1/5 1/3 0/0 0 1
P. McAtee 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2
J. Love III 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 0
N. Shadd 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
L. Stockard III 12 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1
S. Neal-Williams 6 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0/4 0/2 0/0 0 0
P. Muldoon - - - - - - - - - - - - -
X. Sneed - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 56 41 13 10 2 16 14 25/60 1/13 5/11 13 28