Kansas State ran off a 6-0 lead to start the game and never looked back, earning a 63-53 win over Oklahoma State yesterday in front of a near sellout crowd. (K-State SID)
The win was keyed by an impressive effort from Nino Williams (Kellis Robinett, Kansas City Star), who was 10-for-13 on the day, with 20 points and seven rebounds. Williams' mastery of the mid-range game evoked old school basketball, and that works fine for Bruce Weber. (Kevin Haskin, Topeka Capital-Journal)
Justin Edwards also stood out in yesterday's game, coming off the bench to score 14 points, along with three rebounds, three assists and three steals. Only a missed free throw marred a perfect stat line for Edwards (John Zetmeir, Capital-Journal). He and Williams were joined in the double digits by Marcus Foster, who also had 14 points, and made up for a zero-point effort against the Cowboys earlier in the season (Tate Steinlage, K-State Collegian)
The difference between that last game against Oklahoma State and this one could only be described as night and day. With players now filling their roles and coming together as a team, this team is transformed. (Emilio Rivera, Collegian)
TheBigE will bring you the official BotC recap shortly.
Sadly, the women's basketball team seems to be headed in the opposite direction. Although the Wildcats played tough and hung with #3 Baylor for most of the game, a big second-half run by the Bears cost Kansas State, and the team in purple lost on the road again, 68-46.
Senior Haley Texada led the team with 13 points, her second straight game with double digits in points. Unfortunately, it was not enough on a day when Baylor had three players in double figures and out-rebounded Kansas State 48-35.
The Wildcats return to Bramlage for a night game against Oklahoma State on Wednesday. Yes, there will be bacon.
They had to come from behind to do it, but the tennis team notched a 4-0 victory over #74 UC-Irvine in the ITA Season Kickoff event. They take on top-ranked UCLA next. This is the first 2-0 start for the team since 2013.
Kansas State swept the inaugural DeLoss Dodds Invitational. The team had 14 first-place finishes and comprehensively defeated Oklahoma State and Tulsa at the event. The big win was a bit of a surprise as most of the top performers were held out of the event by head coach Cliff Rovelto.