Delaware vs Kansas State

Unbeaten Kansas State holds off Delaware, reaches NIT Tipoff final

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NEW YORK -- Will Spradling scored 12 points and made four free throws in the final 30 seconds to lead Kansas State into the championship game of the NIT Season Tipoff with a 66-63 victory against Delaware on Wednesday night.

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The Wildcats (5-0) overcame 32 points by Devon Saddler and will play No. 4 Michigan, which defeated Pittsburgh 67-62 in the second semifinal.

After Spradling's free throws with 9.6 seconds left, Angel Rodriguez fouled Saddler as he attempted a 3-pointer with a second left. Saddler missed the first shot, made the second and intentionally missed the third, but the Blue Hens (2-2) couldn't corral the high rebound.

Saddler made three 3-pointers down the stretch to put pressure on the Wildcats, who led by 11 midway through the second half.

Rodriguez and Thomas Gipson also scored 12 points apiece for the Wildcats.

Jamelle Hagins had 15 rebounds and 12 points for Delaware, but was ineffective after a second-half leg injury.

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Kyle Anderson (right) and Delaware give Jordan Hernriquez and Kansas State a tough contest, but the Wildcats prevail.  (AP)
Kyle Anderson (right) and Delaware give Jordan Hernriquez and Kansas State a tough contest, but the Wildcats prevail. (AP)
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Delaware (2-2)253863
Kansas State (5-0) «273966

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Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens
J. Brinkley, F291-43-61035
J. Hagins, F276-70-0152212
D. Saddler, G3712-225-754232
K. Anderson, G331-40-02123
J. Threatt, G301-83-45005
C. Baptiste201-20-12152
T. Rogers192-70-02024
M. King-Davis40-00-00000
W. Townsville10-00-00000
Totals 24-5411-183481663
 44.4%61.1% 
Kansas State Wildcats
T. Gipson, F275-102-361412
D. Johnson, F212-60-04034
A. Rodriguez, C333-96-745212
W. Spradling, G333-74-467112
R. McGruder, G254-140-05218
N. Williams171-60-03032
M. Irving141-30-01112
S. Southwell133-30-02208
J. Henriquez90-30-03010
A. Diaz63-40-03046
O. Lawrence20-00-01000
Totals 25-6512-1439182066
 38.5%85.7% 
Colonial Athletic
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Towson0-010-130
Charleston0-07-2168
Hofstra0-06-3114
Will. & Mary0-06-3115
Elon0-06-4125
Northeastern0-06-4138
Drexel0-05-5177
Delaware0-04-6274
UNC-Wilm.0-02-5260
J. Madison0-03-8344

Big 12
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
TCU0-010-010
W. Virginia0-09-113
Oklahoma0-07-136
Texas Tech0-07-129
Kansas St.0-08-2155
Baylor0-07-295
Iowa St.0-07-227
Kansas0-07-215
Oklahoma St.0-07-2173
Texas0-06-266
 
Other games
MORE 70 Final
UK 81
PRIN 53 Final
SYR 73
UNC 112 Final
CHAMIN 70
PITT 62 Final
MICH 67
UAPB 43 Final
SDSU 79