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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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1st Half

Time Team Play Score
20:00   Jumpball received by Kansas State  
19:47 +2 Xavier Sneed made jump shot, assist by Mike McGuirl 2-0
19:15   Cheikh Mbacke Diong missed hook shot  
19:13   Offensive rebound by Cheikh Mbacke Diong  
19:13   Traveling violation turnover on Amauri Hardy  
18:56   Bad pass turnover on Xavier Sneed, stolen by Cheikh Mbacke Diong  
18:56   Personal foul on Makol Mawien  
18:30   Turnover on Donnie Tillman  
18:30 +2 Xavier Sneed made jump shot 4-0
18:18   Amauri Hardy missed driving layup, blocked by Montavious Murphy  
18:16   Offensive rebound by UNLV  
18:01 +2 Amauri Hardy made driving layup 4-2
17:34   Cartier Diarra missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:32   Defensive rebound by Nick Blair  
17:24   Cheikh Mbacke Diong missed layup  
17:22   Offensive rebound by UNLV  
17:03 +3 Amauri Hardy made 3-pt. jump shot 4-5
16:41   Cartier Diarra missed layup, blocked by Elijah Mitrou-Long  
16:39   Defensive rebound by Nick Blair  
16:34   Elijah Mitrou-Long missed driving layup  
16:32   Defensive rebound by Montavious Murphy  
16:25   Xavier Sneed missed jump shot  
16:23   Defensive rebound by Cheikh Mbacke Diong  
16:01   Bad pass turnover on Amauri Hardy, stolen by Mike McGuirl  
15:56   Offensive foul on Mike McGuirl  
15:56   Turnover on Mike McGuirl  
15:46   Bad pass turnover on Elijah Mitrou-Long, stolen by Levi Stockard III  
15:42   Traveling violation turnover on Cartier Diarra  
15:37   Jonah Antonio missed 3-pt. jump shot  
15:35   Defensive rebound by Xavier Sneed  
15:10   Levi Stockard III missed hook shot  
15:08   Defensive rebound by Cheikh Mbacke Diong  
15:02 +2 Amauri Hardy made floating jump shot 4-7
14:43   Xavier Sneed missed jump shot, blocked by Nick Blair  
14:41   Defensive rebound by Elijah Mitrou-Long  
14:31 +3 Amauri Hardy made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Elijah Mitrou-Long 4-10
14:19   Personal foul on Cheikh Mbacke Diong  
13:59   David Sloan missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:57   Defensive rebound by Elijah Mitrou-Long  
13:36   Donnie Tillman missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:34   Offensive rebound by Jonah Antonio  
13:22   Shooting foul on David Sloan  
13:22 +1 Donnie Tillman made 1st of 2 free throws 4-11
13:22   Donnie Tillman missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
13:22   Defensive rebound by Levi Stockard III  
13:13   Personal foul on Donnie Tillman  
13:03   Levi Stockard III missed layup  
13:01   Offensive rebound by Antonio Gordon  
12:59   Xavier Sneed missed 3-pt. jump shot  
12:57   Defensive rebound by Amauri Hardy  
12:27   Shot clock violation turnover on UNLV  
12:11   Antonio Gordon missed 3-pt. jump shot  
12:09   Defensive rebound by Amauri Hardy  
11:49   Amauri Hardy missed layup, blocked by Antonio Gordon  
11:48   Defensive rebound by Kansas State  
11:39   Bad pass turnover on Cartier Diarra, stolen by Cheikh Mbacke Diong  
11:20   Donnie Tillman missed jump shot  
11:18   Offensive rebound by Cheikh Mbacke Diong  
11:17   3-second violation turnover on Cheikh Mbacke Diong  
11:04   Bad pass turnover on DaJuan Gordon, stolen by Elijah Mitrou-Long  
10:46 +3 Jonah Antonio made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Elijah Mitrou-Long 4-14
10:35   DaJuan Gordon missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:33   Defensive rebound by Bryce Hamilton  
10:24   Lost ball turnover on Elijah Mitrou-Long, stolen by DaJuan Gordon  
10:17   DaJuan Gordon missed driving layup  
10:15   Offensive rebound by Antonio Gordon  
10:11 +2 Antonio Gordon made tip-in 6-14
9:55   Jonah Antonio missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:53   Defensive rebound by Cartier Diarra  
9:37   Personal foul on Elijah Mitrou-Long  
9:33 +2 Cartier Diarra made dunk, assist by Mike McGuirl 8-14
9:18   Turnover on Donnie Tillman  
9:09 +2 Xavier Sneed made jump shot, assist by Cartier Diarra 10-14
8:35 +2 Cheikh Mbacke Diong made dunk, assist by Amauri Hardy 10-16
8:09 +2 Montavious Murphy made layup, assist by Cartier Diarra 12-16
7:50   Offensive foul on Bryce Hamilton  
7:50   Turnover on Bryce Hamilton  
7:35   Xavier Sneed missed jump shot, blocked by Nick Blair  
7:33   Defensive rebound by Jonah Antonio  
7:33   Personal foul on Montavious Murphy  
7:21   Elijah Mitrou-Long missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:19   Offensive rebound by Cheikh Mbacke Diong  
7:12   Jonah Antonio missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:10   Defensive rebound by Montavious Murphy  
6:59   Mike McGuirl missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:57   Defensive rebound by Nick Blair  
6:49   Offensive foul on Elijah Mitrou-Long  
6:49   Turnover on Elijah Mitrou-Long  
6:33   Cartier Diarra missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:31   Defensive rebound by Elijah Mitrou-Long  
6:04   Amauri Hardy missed driving layup  
6:02   Offensive rebound by Amauri Hardy  
6:00   Amauri Hardy missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:58   Defensive rebound by Mike McGuirl  
5:51   Xavier Sneed missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:49   Offensive rebound by Montavious Murphy  
5:35   Turnover on Mike McGuirl  
5:10 +2 Amauri Hardy made layup 12-18
4:51   Personal foul on Donnie Tillman  
4:35 +2 Cartier Diarra made layup 14-18
3:59   Turnover on UNLV  
3:50   Xavier Sneed missed alley-oop shot  
3:48   Offensive rebound by Montavious Murphy  
3:48   Montavious Murphy missed dunk  
3:46   Offensive rebound by Kansas State  
3:31   Cartier Diarra missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:29   Offensive rebound by Mike McGuirl  
3:25 +2 Mike McGuirl made dunk 16-18
3:20   Offensive foul on Bryce Hamilton  
3:20   Turnover on Bryce Hamilton  
2:55   Cartier Diarra missed jump shot  
2:53   Offensive rebound by DaJuan Gordon  
2:47   Xavier Sneed missed jump shot  
2:45   Defensive rebound by Amauri Hardy  
2:32   Jonah Antonio missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:30   Defensive rebound by Levi Stockard III  
2:28   Jumpball received by UNLV  
2:28   Lost ball turnover on Levi Stockard III, stolen by Nick Blair  
2:07   Bad pass turnover on Amauri Hardy, stolen by Levi Stockard III  
2:01   Lost ball turnover on Montavious Murphy  
1:44 +2 Bryce Hamilton made driving layup 16-20
1:24   Bad pass turnover on Xavier Sneed, stolen by Jonah Antonio  
1:05   Amauri Hardy missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:03   Offensive rebound by Nick Blair  
56.0   Bryce Hamilton missed floating jump shot  
54.0   Offensive rebound by Cheickna Dembele  
49.0   Bryce Hamilton missed 3-pt. jump shot  
47.0   Offensive rebound by Cheickna Dembele  
46.0 +3 Amauri Hardy made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Cheickna Dembele 16-23
34.0   Cartier Diarra missed 3-pt. jump shot  
32.0   Offensive rebound by Levi Stockard III  
21.0   Out of bounds turnover on DaJuan Gordon  
2.0   Bryce Hamilton missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1.0   Offensive rebound by Jonah Antonio  

2nd Half

Time Team Play Score
19:45   Makol Mawien missed alley-oop shot  
19:43   Offensive rebound by Makol Mawien  
19:36 +2 Makol Mawien made tip-in 18-23
19:25   Amauri Hardy missed driving layup  
19:23   Offensive rebound by UNLV  
19:05   Elijah Mitrou-Long missed jump shot  
19:03   Offensive rebound by Cheikh Mbacke Diong  
19:03   Personal foul on Makol Mawien  
18:47   Amauri Hardy missed 3-pt. jump shot  
18:45   Defensive rebound by Cartier Diarra  
18:34 +2 Levi Stockard III made dunk, assist by Xavier Sneed 20-23
18:01 +2 Cheikh Mbacke Diong made dunk, assist by Amauri Hardy 20-25
17:46 +2 Cartier Diarra made driving layup 22-25
17:24 +3 Bryce Hamilton made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Amauri Hardy 22-28
17:02   Montavious Murphy missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:00   Defensive rebound by Bryce Hamilton  
16:34   Bad pass turnover on Amauri Hardy  
16:20   Lost ball turnover on David Sloan, stolen by Amauri Hardy  
16:18   Personal foul on DaJuan Gordon  
16:05   Bryce Hamilton missed jump shot  
16:03   Defensive rebound by Antonio Gordon  
16:03   Personal foul on Cheikh Mbacke Diong  
15:48   Antonio Gordon missed 3-pt. jump shot  
15:46   Defensive rebound by Bryce Hamilton  
15:37   Bryce Hamilton missed driving layup  
15:36   Offensive rebound by Cheikh Mbacke Diong  
15:35   Personal foul on Levi Stockard III  
15:28   Bad pass turnover on Bryce Hamilton, stolen by DaJuan Gordon  
15:28   Jumpball received by UNLV  
15:28   Lost ball turnover on Antonio Gordon, stolen by Bryce Hamilton  
15:09   Lost ball turnover on Elijah Mitrou-Long, stolen by Cartier Diarra  
15:04   Offensive foul on Cartier Diarra  
15:04   Turnover on Cartier Diarra  
14:51   Offensive foul on Bryce Hamilton  
14:51   Turnover on Bryce Hamilton  
14:38   Cartier Diarra missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:36   Defensive rebound by Cheikh Mbacke Diong  
14:09   Elijah Mitrou-Long missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:07   Defensive rebound by Antonio Gordon  
14:00 +3 Xavier Sneed made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Cartier Diarra 25-28
13:46   Donnie Tillman missed layup  
13:44   Defensive rebound by Xavier Sneed  
13:38   Xavier Sneed missed layup, blocked by Cheikh Mbacke Diong  
13:36   Defensive rebound by Cheikh Mbacke Diong  
13:25   Lost ball turnover on Cheikh Mbacke Diong, stolen by Levi Stockard III  
13:11 +3 Xavier Sneed made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Cartier Diarra 28-28
12:41 +3 Amauri Hardy made 3-pt. jump shot 28-31
12:30   Offensive foul on Cartier Diarra  
12:30   Turnover on Cartier Diarra  
12:14   Shooting foul on Antonio Gordon  
12:14 +1 Elijah Mitrou-Long made 1st of 2 free throws 28-32
12:14 +1 Elijah Mitrou-Long made 2nd of 2 free throws 28-33
12:07   Personal foul on Nick Blair  
11:59   Shooting foul on Donnie Tillman  
11:59 +1 Xavier Sneed made 1st of 3 free throws 29-33
11:59 +1 Xavier Sneed made 2nd of 3 free throws 30-33
11:59 +1 Xavier Sneed made 3rd of 3 free throws 31-33
11:58   Bad pass turnover on Nick Blair, stolen by DaJuan Gordon  
11:51 +2 Antonio Gordon made dunk, assist by DaJuan Gordon 33-33
11:20   Amauri Hardy missed jump shot  
11:18   Defensive rebound by Xavier Sneed  
10:59   Offensive foul on Xavier Sneed  
10:59   Turnover on Xavier Sneed  
10:40   Traveling violation turnover on Donnie Tillman  
10:27   Xavier Sneed missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:25   Offensive rebound by Makol Mawien  
10:20 +2 DaJuan Gordon made layup, assist by Makol Mawien 35-33
10:00 +2 Elijah Mitrou-Long made jump shot 35-35
9:42   Bad pass turnover on Xavier Sneed  
9:23   Bryce Hamilton missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:21   Defensive rebound by Antonio Gordon  
9:12   Cartier Diarra missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:10   Offensive rebound by Makol Mawien  
9:07   Lost ball turnover on Makol Mawien, stolen by Elijah Mitrou-Long  
9:06   Personal foul on Antonio Gordon  
9:06   Elijah Mitrou-Long missed free throw  
9:06   Defensive rebound by Xavier Sneed  
8:33   Makol Mawien missed layup  
8:31   Defensive rebound by Nick Blair  
8:27   Offensive foul on Elijah Mitrou-Long  
8:27   Turnover on Elijah Mitrou-Long  
8:11   Xavier Sneed missed jump shot  
8:09   Offensive rebound by Montavious Murphy  
8:05   Bad pass turnover on Montavious Murphy, stolen by Cheikh Mbacke Diong  
7:41   Personal foul on Makol Mawien  
7:41 +1 Nick Blair made 1st of 2 free throws 35-36
7:41   Turnover on Cheikh Mbacke Diong  
7:28   Montavious Murphy missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:26   Offensive rebound by Cartier Diarra  
7:24   Cartier Diarra missed turnaround jump shot  
7:22   Offensive rebound by Cartier Diarra  
7:15   Xavier Sneed missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:13   Defensive rebound by Bryce Hamilton  
6:48 +2 Amauri Hardy made driving layup 35-38
6:29 +2 Cartier Diarra made driving layup 37-38
6:06 +2 Bryce Hamilton made floating jump shot, assist by Cheikh Mbacke Diong 37-40
5:39 +2 Mike McGuirl made jump shot, assist by Montavious Murphy 39-40
5:24   Traveling violation turnover on Cheikh Mbacke Diong  
5:07 +2 Levi Stockard III made layup, assist by Cartier Diarra 41-40
4:53   Shooting foul on Levi Stockard III  
4:53 +1 Bryce Hamilton made 1st of 2 free throws 41-41
4:53   Bryce Hamilton missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
4:53   Offensive rebound by Cheikh Mbacke Diong  
4:33   Shooting foul on Cartier Diarra  
4:33   Donnie Tillman missed 1st of 2 free throws  
4:33   Donnie Tillman missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
4:33   Defensive rebound by DaJuan Gordon  
4:17   Offensive foul on Levi Stockard III  
4:17   Turnover on Levi Stockard III  
3:50   Bryce Hamilton missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:48   Offensive rebound by Nick Blair  
3:29 +3 Amauri Hardy made 3-pt. jump shot 41-44
2:58 +3 DaJuan Gordon made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Mike McGuirl 44-44
2:40 +2 Elijah Mitrou-Long made driving layup 44-46
2:16   Shooting foul on Nick Blair  
2:16 +1 Cartier Diarra made 1st of 2 free throws 45-46
2:16 +1 Cartier Diarra made 2nd of 2 free throws 46-46
2:01   Bryce Hamilton missed jump shot  
1:59   Defensive rebound by Levi Stockard III  
1:46   Personal foul on Bryce Hamilton  
1:46   Cartier Diarra missed free throw  
1:46   Defensive rebound by Cheikh Mbacke Diong  
1:30   Bad pass turnover on Amauri Hardy  
1:13   Shooting foul on Elijah Mitrou-Long  
1:13 +1 Cartier Diarra made 1st of 2 free throws 47-46
1:13 +1 Cartier Diarra made 2nd of 2 free throws 48-46
1:07   Personal foul on Cartier Diarra  
1:07 +1 Elijah Mitrou-Long made 1st of 2 free throws 48-47
1:07 +1 Elijah Mitrou-Long made 2nd of 2 free throws 48-48
54.0   Cartier Diarra missed 3-pt. jump shot  
52.0   Defensive rebound by Bryce Hamilton  
26.0   Nick Blair missed layup  
24.0   Offensive rebound by Nick Blair  
2.0   Amauri Hardy missed 3-pt. jump shot  
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