Men’s Basketball Recap: K-State 63 Oklahoma State 53

K-State has now won 5 of their last 6 after a 63-53 win over Oklahoma State on Saturday. The Cats shot 57% from the field and never trailed. Nino Williams continues to thrive in conference play. He led KSU with 20 points on a scorching 10-13 shooting effort.

Play of the First Half: After beating his man off the dribble, Marcus Foster found a cutting Wesley Iwundu for the easy lay-up to make it 6-0 less than 1 minute into the game. Slow offensive starts have plagued the Cats all season. Nice to see them get it going early.

Grant Nicholson and Jordan Swoyer had the call for KSDB.
Grant Nicholson and Jordan Swoyer had the call for KSDB.

Halftime Thoughts: Le’Bryan Nash and Phil Forte entered the game averaging upwards of 34 a game. They were kept in check in the first half. The duo only managed a combined 2 made field goals in the first half. Marcus Foster and Nino Williams did a nice job guarding the Cowboys’ star players.

Player of the Game: Justin Edwards was a perfect 4-4 from the field (including 2 from deep). He also logged 3 assists and 3 steals. A solid overall game for the Maine transfer. His contributions could be huge as K-State enters the toughest stretch of their season.

Game-Defining Event: K-State assisted on 18 of their 24 baskets, good for an assist rate of 75%. The Cats are at their best when perimeter players penetrate and create for others. Encouraging offensive play.

Up Next: Coming off a scare at home against TCU, Bob Huggins’s West Virginia Mountaineers will visit Bramlage to face the Cats this Tuesday, the 27th at 6:00. KSDB coverage can be heard starting at 5:45.

By: Jordan Swoyer

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