Slow starts. It’s an issue this team has battled all season long, and Saturday afternoon was no different. D.J. Johnson scored 6 straight points to help the Wildcats take a 6-2 lead, and two made three’s by Iwundu and Brown pushed the lead to 12-10 at the under 15 time out. The Rams would then go on a 22-12 run to take a 29-21 lead with just over 7 minutes left in the game. Following a time out Barry Brown sunk two straight free throws to stem the bleeding and helped spark the ‘Cats to a 44-37 halftime lead.
The second half was all about the Wildcats as D.J. Johnson provided some solid senior leadership and a huge interior presence leading the Wildcats with 19 points and 10 rebounds. The biggest play of the day was his put-back dunk with just over 15 minutes in the second to push the Wildcats lead to 14 points.
The straw that broke the Rams back was his 3-point play with 9:33 left giving the Cats a 20 point lead and sealing the victory for the Kansas State.
Player of the Game
Easily D.J. Johnson who in addition to his team high 19 points and 10 rebounds, also recorded 3 blocks, and show 3-4 from the charity strip. The only black mark on his report card was him fouling out of the game with 1:58 left in the game.
A tie between Kamau Stokes and Xavier Sneed. Stokes scored 10 points and added 8 assists with only 2 turnovers. While Sneed added 12 points off the bench, and forced three steals.