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Kansas State topples UNLV 60-56 in overtime

LAS VEGAS (AP) As Xavier Sneed clutched his right ankle and writhed in pain on the floor in front of Kansas State's bench near the end of the first half Saturday and coach Bruce Weber was more concerned with his senior guard's long-term health just two games into the season.

The concern didn't last long.

Sneed started the second half, eventually buried back-to-back 3-pointers that tied the game, finished with 19 points including the game-winner in overtime, and Kansas State defeated UNLV 60-56.

''He's our senior, he's our go-to guy, obviously he has the most points, he guards the best players,'' Weber said. ''He came back and he was huge.''

Montavious Murphy gave Kansas State a 54-52 lead with 1:10 left in overtime when he drove the baseline, drew a foul and converted the free throw. UNLV's Amauri Hardy answered by dribbling around and through a pair of Kansas State defenders to hit a short jumper and tie the game at 54 with 44.2 seconds left.

But Sneed dropped in a mid-range jumper from the baseline to give K-State a 56-54 lead with :28 to play.

Mike McGuir and Sneed each drained two free throws in the final seconds to put the game out of reach.

''We had a tough shooting night in the first half, got it going, got some good, big time buckets from everybody,'' Sneed said.

Cartier Diarra added 12 points and six assists for Kansas State, while McGuir contributed with nine points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals.

The Wildcats overcame 37.3 percent shooting, as they hit just 22 of 59 from the floor, to erase a double-digit first-half deficit.

''Our guys just gutted it out,'' Weber said. ''I thought our guys stayed together. We had a lot of guys make big plays; we finally got some stops without fouling in the second half. At the end we made some big shots, made some big stops and that's how you win games.''

Hardy led UNLV with 27 points, while Elijah Mitrou-Long chipped in with 10 points and Cheikh Mbacke Diong had four points and 11 rebounds.

Kansas State's 19-10 run to start the second half, bolstered by Sneed's 3-pointers, triggered its comeback.

After the Wildcats took a 35-33 lead with 10:20 left in the game - their first lead since the 18:33 mark of the first half - UNLV answered with a 5-0 run to get back in front, 38-35.

The teams traded baskets the rest of the way, with neither taking a lead bigger than three points until overtime.

The Runnin' Rebels led 68.8 percent of the game, spanning 30 minutes and 58 seconds while Kansas State only held a lead for a little more than five minutes, 11.4 percent of the game.

''We gotta stay true to ourselves, gotta hang our hats on defense, not on offense,'' Hardy said. ''If we continue to get stops we put ourselves in chances to have more offensive possessions. A couple of times we slipped up and let guys get to the paint. Easy drives, give up the baseline, which puts us in rotation and that's things we don't want to do.''

UNLV also committed 25 turnovers, which Kansas State capitalized on by scoring 19 points.

''I was hoping we'd play little better, but we hung in there, we found a way to win (and) made the plays when it counted,'' Weber said. ''Our guys learned about game plan, staying together, fighting, persevering; you can win games in different ways.''

The Runnin' Rebels seized control of the momentum in the first half after falling behind 4-0 early, using a 14-0 run to open a 10-point lead. Hardy led the charge with UNLV's first 10 points of the game, including a pair from behind the 3-point line.

Outside of Hardy's outburst for UNLV, neither team was impressive offensively, often showing signs of sloppiness to the tune of 23 first-half turnovers combined.

The Wildcats took advantage of UNLV's miscues and stormed back with runs of 6-0 and 12-4 to get within two, at 18-16. But it was UNLV's domination on the boards that helped it close the half with the last two buckets, including Hardy's third 3-pointer to that point, giving the Rebels a 23-16 lead at the half.

UNLV outrebounded the Wildcats in the game 43-37.

''They're one of the best defensive teams in the country,'' Otzelberger said. ''We probably need more ball movement, but they're a top five defensive team in the country. It's really impressive to hold a Big 12 champion program we have a lot of respect for to 16 first half points. We have to do better coming out and starting the second half.''

BIG PICTURE

Kansas State: The Wildcats are coming off a 25-win campaign and a loss to UC Irvine in the first round of the NCAA tournament. And while they were 7-5 in true road games last season, they were 0-3 vs. non-conference foes. Coach Bruce Weber said he wanted to schedule a true road game early in the season so his young team could ''grow up fast.'' It was the earliest non-conference road game in school history.

UNLV: Coach T.J. Otzelberger was looking for his players to match Kansas State's physicality with an aggressive approach in the second half, knowing the defending Big 12 champions liked to pressure the ball and disrupt offensive rhythm the length of the court while forcing teams into tough shots. The much bigger Wildcats outscored UNLV 44-33 in the second half and overtime.

TURNING POINT: While Sneed's back-to-back 3-pointers capped a 12-point burst to start the Wildcats in the second half, Murphy's baseline drive in overtime that drew a foul, and his ensuing made free throw, gave Kansas State the momentum it needed down the stretch.

STAT OF THE NIGHT: The Runnin' Rebels extended their NCAA-record streak for most consecutive games scoring at least one 3-pointer. Since the 3-point field goal was adopted by the NCAA in 1986-87, UNLV has converted at least one 3-pointer in all 1,072 games played.

UP NEXT

Kansas State: Host Monmouth on Wednesday.

UNLV: Visits California on Tuesday.

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Key Players
C. Diarra
C. Diong
33.0 Min. Per Game 33.0
17.0 Pts. Per Game 17.0
2.0 Ast. Per Game 2.0
17.0 Reb. Per Game 17.0
33.3 Field Goal % 53.8
13.3 Three Point %
90.0 Free Throw % 87.5
+ 2 Amauri Hardy made driving layup 1.0
+ 1 Xavier Sneed made 2nd of 2 free throws 5.0
+ 1 Xavier Sneed made 1st of 2 free throws 5.0
  Personal foul on Nick Blair 5.0
  Defensive rebound by Xavier Sneed 6.0
  Jonah Antonio missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by DaJuan Gordon 8.0
+ 1 Mike McGuirl made 2nd of 2 free throws 14.0
+ 1 Mike McGuirl made 1st of 2 free throws 14.0
  Personal foul on Bryce Hamilton 14.0
  Defensive rebound by Kansas State 16.0
  Amauri Hardy missed jump shot 17.0
Team Stats
Points 60 56
Field Goals 22-59 (37.3%) 20-58 (34.5%)
3-Pointers 4-23 (17.4%) 7-26 (26.9%)
Free Throws 12-13 (92.3%) 9-14 (64.3%)
Total Rebounds 37 43
Offensive 13 16
Defensive 20 23
Team 4 4
Assists 13 7
Steals 9 9
Blocks 3 5
Turnovers 20 23
Fouls 19 18
Technicals 0 0
19 PTS, 5 REB, 1 AST
27 PTS, 4 REB, 3 AST
12OTT
away team logo Kansas State 2-0 16321260
home team logo UNLV 1-1 2325856
Team Stats
away team logo Kansas State 2-0 66.7 PPG 38.7 RPG 14.7 APG
home team logo UNLV 1-1 72.3 PPG 42 RPG 11.3 APG
Key Players
20
X. Sneed F 14.3 PPG 5.7 RPG 1.0 APG 38.5 FG%
3
A. Hardy G 19.0 PPG 4.3 RPG 3.3 APG 44.2 FG%
Top Scorers
X. Sneed F 19 PTS 5 REB 1 AST
A. Hardy G 27 PTS 4 REB 3 AST
37.3 FG% 34.5
17.4 3PT FG% 26.9
92.3 FT% 64.3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
X. Sneed 19 5 1 6/18 2/7 5/5 1 39 0 0 4 0 5
C. Diarra 12 4 6 4/15 0/7 4/5 5 35 1 0 5 2 2
M. McGuirl 9 4 3 3/4 1/2 2/2 1 27 2 0 2 1 3
M. Murphy 5 6 1 2/5 0/2 1/1 1 28 0 1 2 3 3
M. Mawien 2 3 1 1/3 0/0 0/0 3 22 0 0 1 3 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
X. Sneed 19 5 1 6/18 2/7 5/5 1 39 0 0 4 0 5
C. Diarra 12 4 6 4/15 0/7 4/5 5 35 1 0 5 2 2
M. McGuirl 9 4 3 3/4 1/2 2/2 1 27 2 0 2 1 3
M. Murphy 5 6 1 2/5 0/2 1/1 1 28 0 1 2 3 3
M. Mawien 2 3 1 1/3 0/0 0/0 3 22 0 0 1 3 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Gordon 5 2 1 2/5 1/2 0/0 2 28 3 1 2 1 1
L. Stockard III 4 4 0 2/4 0/0 0/0 3 23 3 0 2 1 3
A. Gordon 4 5 0 2/4 0/2 0/0 2 13 0 1 1 2 3
D. Sloan 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 1 10 0 0 1 0 0
P. McAtee - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Love III - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Shadd - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Petrakis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 60 33 13 22/59 4/23 12/13 19 225 9 3 20 13 20
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Hardy 27 4 3 11/23 5/10 0/0 0 42 1 1 6 1 3
E. Mitrou-Long 10 4 2 2/8 0/4 6/7 4 34 2 1 5 0 4
C. Diong 4 11 1 2/4 0/0 0/0 3 38 3 1 4 6 5
J. Antonio 3 3 0 1/6 1/6 0/0 0 28 1 0 0 2 1
D. Tillman 1 0 0 0/3 0/1 1/4 3 15 0 0 3 0 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Hardy 27 4 3 11/23 5/10 0/0 0 42 1 1 6 1 3
E. Mitrou-Long 10 4 2 2/8 0/4 6/7 4 34 2 1 5 0 4
C. Diong 4 11 1 2/4 0/0 0/0 3 38 3 1 4 6 5
J. Antonio 3 3 0 1/6 1/6 0/0 0 28 1 0 0 2 1
D. Tillman 1 0 0 0/3 0/1 1/4 3 15 0 0 3 0 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Hamilton 8 5 0 3/12 1/5 1/2 5 28 1 0 4 0 5
N. Blair 3 10 0 1/2 0/0 1/1 3 33 1 2 1 5 5
C. Dembele 0 2 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 7 0 0 0 2 0
V. Shibel - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Jenkins Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Green - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Wood - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Coleman - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Hurlburt - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Hall - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 56 39 7 20/58 7/26 9/14 18 225 9 5 23 16 23