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Brown scores 25 to lift No. 12 Kansas St over Denver 64-56

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) Nothing has come easy for No. 12 Kansas State early this season.

Barry Brown had 15 of his 25 points in the second half and the Wildcats held off Denver 64-56 on Monday night. Brown scored all the points in an 11-0 run that helped K-State stave off an upset bid by the pesky Pioneers.

''I just wanted to help my teammates out,'' he said. ''We were in a slump and I didn't feel the energy from our guys so I tried to step up.''

Dean Wade and Xavier Sneed each had 12 points for the Wildcats (2-0), who have won 25 consecutive home games against nonconference opponents. Wade added 16 rebounds and four assists.

Joe Rosga paced the Pioneers (1-1) with 18 points. Ronnie Harrell Jr. and Ade Murkey scored 14 apiece. Harrell also grabbed 12 rebounds.

Kansas State pulled this one out despite shooting 38 percent from the field, including 6 of 27 (22 percent) from 3-point range. The Wildcats were terrible at the foul line, too, going 12 for 27.

''We are too quick on the trigger and we aren't wearing the defense down at all,'' coach Bruce Weber said. ''I think some of them were a little rushed and we've got to get it inside more.''

Kansas State committed only nine turnovers, though, and forced 17 by Denver.

Sneed got the Wildcats going in the first 10 minutes as he scored seven of the first nine points for Kansas State. It was his first game of the season after sitting out the opener Friday night with an ankle injury.

''It felt good to be back on the court,'' Sneed said. ''I just keep trying to get better every day and that right now is my main focus and the team, too.''

Denver held a 12-11 lead with nine minutes left in the first half before Kansas State went on a 7-0 run highlighted by Brown's dunk. The Pioneers kept it close with a 7-0 spurt to end the half and trailed 31-28 going into the locker room.

BIG PICTURE

Denver showed it can compete with a ranked team. The Pioneers will need to play even better in a month when they face No. 3 Gonzaga on the road.

Kansas State struggled with a low-major program for the second straight game, a bit concerning for a team hoping to contend for a Big 12 title this season. The Wildcats will play more lower-tier teams in the Paradise Jam, but those games won't be in the comfort of Bramlage Coliseum.

STAT WATCH

Wade provided a big spark on the boards. His 16 rebounds marked the most by a Wildcats player since Jordan Henriquez in the 2012 NCAA Tournament against Syracuse. ''I made a big effort to put everything in rebounding since I wasn't shooting very well tonight,'' Wade said.

HE SAID IT

Wade is looking forward to arriving in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where the Wildcats will play three games in four days during the Paradise Jam. ''I'm just ready to be in the 80-degree weather,'' he said. ''I think it'll also get us ready for later in the season when we play lots of games in a few days. Playing in tournaments like these are a basketball player's dream.''

UP NEXT

Denver gears up for a home game against Abilene Christian on Thursday night.

Kansas State travels to the Virgin Islands to participate in the Paradise Jam, where the Wildcats will play Eastern Kentucky in the first round Friday night. A potential matchup with former Big 12 foe Missouri would be Monday night in the championship game if both teams win their first two games in the tournament.

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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 Cartier Diarra 1.0
  Jase Townsend missed 3-pt. jump shot 1.0
+ 1 Kamau Stokes made 2nd of 2 free throws 8.0
+ 1 Kamau Stokes made 2nd of 2 free throws 8.0
  Kamau Stokes missed 1st of 2 free throws 8.0
  Personal foul on Joe Rosga 8.0
  Defensive rebound by Kamau Stokes 8.0
  Joe Rosga missed 3-pt. jump shot 9.0
+ 2 Xavier Sneed made dunk, assist by Barry Brown Jr. 15.0
  Bad pass turnover on Joe Rosga, stolen by Kamau Stokes 18.0
  Defensive rebound by Ronnie Harrell Jr. 22.0
Team Stats
Points 56 64
Field Goals 19-52 (36.5%) 23-60 (38.3%)
3-Pointers 7-29 (24.1%) 6-27 (22.2%)
Free Throws 11-16 (68.8%) 12-27 (44.4%)
Total Rebounds 35 40
Offensive 4 11
Defensive 30 28
Team 1 1
Assists 7 13
Steals 4 10
Blocks 1 3
Turnovers 17 9
Fouls 22 18
Technicals 0 0
18 PTS, 2 REB, 1 AST
25 PTS, 2 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo Denver 1-1 282856
home team logo 12 Kansas State 2-0 313364
Team Stats
away team logo Denver 1-1 69.5 PPG 36.5 RPG 11.8 APG
home team logo 12 Kansas State 2-0 65.8 PPG 35.8 RPG 13.6 APG
Key Players
2
J. Rosga G 12.0 PPG 2.8 RPG 2.4 APG 40.7 FG%
5
B. Brown Jr. G 14.6 PPG 4.1 RPG 2.8 APG 43.3 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Rosga G 18 PTS 2 REB 1 AST
B. Brown Jr. G 25 PTS 2 REB 1 AST
36.5 FG% 38.3
24.1 3PT FG% 22.2
68.8 FT% 44.4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Rosga 18 2 1 7/17 4/11 0/0 2 36 2 0 3 0 2
R. Harrell Jr. 14 12 3 4/11 2/6 4/6 1 34 1 0 5 1 11
A. Murkey 14 6 1 4/7 1/2 5/8 4 26 0 0 0 1 5
J. Krafka 2 6 1 1/4 0/3 0/0 4 38 1 1 3 1 5
A. Akintola 0 4 0 0/2 0/0 0/0 5 21 0 0 2 0 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Rosga 18 2 1 7/17 4/11 0/0 2 36 2 0 3 0 2
R. Harrell Jr. 14 12 3 4/11 2/6 4/6 1 34 1 0 5 1 11
A. Murkey 14 6 1 4/7 1/2 5/8 4 26 0 0 0 1 5
J. Krafka 2 6 1 1/4 0/3 0/0 4 38 1 1 3 1 5
A. Akintola 0 4 0 0/2 0/0 0/0 5 21 0 0 2 0 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Townsend 6 1 0 3/9 0/5 0/0 2 16 0 0 0 0 1
D. Carlisle 2 3 1 0/1 0/1 2/2 2 16 0 0 0 1 2
E. Rodriguez 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
A. Kurnaz 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 2 0 0
T. Gatlin 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 6 0 0 2 0 0
J. Lanzi 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
T. Stewart-Miller - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Joiner - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Nzekwesi - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 56 34 7 19/52 7/29 11/16 22 200 4 1 17 4 30
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Brown Jr. 25 2 1 9/17 4/8 3/5 2 37 2 0 0 0 2
D. Wade 12 16 4 5/10 0/1 2/5 1 32 0 1 1 4 12
X. Sneed 12 3 1 5/12 1/7 1/2 2 31 2 0 1 0 3
K. Stokes 6 4 3 1/8 1/6 3/4 2 29 3 0 2 0 4
M. Mawien 4 3 1 2/2 0/0 0/0 4 16 0 2 1 1 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Brown Jr. 25 2 1 9/17 4/8 3/5 2 37 2 0 0 0 2
D. Wade 12 16 4 5/10 0/1 2/5 1 32 0 1 1 4 12
X. Sneed 12 3 1 5/12 1/7 1/2 2 31 2 0 1 0 3
K. Stokes 6 4 3 1/8 1/6 3/4 2 29 3 0 2 0 4
M. Mawien 4 3 1 2/2 0/0 0/0 4 16 0 2 1 1 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Diarra 2 6 2 1/7 0/2 0/0 1 21 1 0 2 4 2
A. Trice 2 3 0 0/1 0/0 2/8 3 13 0 0 1 1 2
M. McGuirl 1 1 1 0/3 0/3 1/2 2 13 2 0 1 1 0
L. Stockard III 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/1 1 8 0 0 0 0 1
P. McAtee - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Muldoon - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Love III - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Shadd - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Neal-Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 64 39 13 23/60 6/27 12/27 18 200 10 3 9 11 28