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Quick hit: Sneed steal seals Wildcat victory

K-State wins with star performances from Sneed, Stokes, Brown.

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The Vanderbilt Commodores made 10 of 25 three-pointers against the Kansas State Wildcats and were down, 82-79, with the shot clock turned off after Levi Stockard III made a pair of clutch free-throws late in Sunday’s men’s basketball game. Rather than attempt a game-ending three, though, the Commodores wanted to go two-for-one on possessions, attempting an entry pass to Jeff Roberson.

That plan failed because sophomore Xavier Sneed had great position to deny the entry pass, going up and snatching it out of the air. Vanderbilt had to foul just to extend the game, and Sneed made both of his free throws to extend the lead to 84-79 with just 13 seconds left. Matthew Fisher-Davis missed a three-pointer at the other end, and K-State held on to win.

The Wildcats were led by Sneed’s 21 points on 8-11 shooting and 3 steals, Kamau Stokes’ 20 points on 6-11 shooting and 6 assists (with 0 turnovers), and Barry Brown Jr.’s 18 points on 6-12 shooting. As a team the Wildcats were lights-out from the free-throw line, making 22 of 24 freebies. However, K-State’s poor rebounding continued, with Vanderbilt leading the rebounding battle 33-21.

Keep an eye out for an in-depth look at the game this evening.