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Overcoming a slow start to win

The men's and women's basketball teams had to fight back to win their games yesterday.

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Bowl season has officially kicked off, and yesterday's games already had a season's worth of excitement. To catch up on any action you might have missed, be sure to follow our Bowl Highlights storystream.

Kansas State is 8-2 so far, and if you say you're not surprised, you're either a prophet or a liar. Yesterday, the Wildcats blew hot and cold for most of the game, but managed to turn away Colorado State 61-56. It was not pretty, as suggested by Eric Rubottom in his recap of the game: K-State shears the Rams.

An early second-half message from Bruce Weber to stop the heroics and just move the ball may have been the difference in this game. A late-game three from Stephen Hurt turned the tide in the Wildcats' favor and they were able to close out a closer-than-expected game (Kellis Robinett, Wichita Eagle).

The first half was ugly, with pretty much all the scoring from Dean Wade who finished with 13 points and eight rebounds on the day, while Wesley Iwundu and Justin Edwards had 11 and 12 points respectively, although the duo managed only four points combined in the first half (Ken Corbitt, Topeka Capital-Journal).

Next up, Kansas State takes on the North Dakota Sioux, no wait, Sundogs, er no, Fighting Hawks on Tuesday in Bramlage at 7:00 PM. The game will be broadcast on FoxSports Kansas City as well as streaming on ESPN3.

The women's basketball team is off to a 9-1 start, and against Sam Houston State, the Wildcats looked like world beaters. The team put together a 32-point fourth quarter to beat the Bearkats 78-50. That was the most points scored in a quarter by Kansas State to date and the first time the team has crossed 30 points a quarter.

Breanna Lewis had a star performance for Kansas State, scoring 24 points to go with six rebounds, while Kindred Wesemann had 19 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steels. Kansas State was also 10-of-31 beyond the arc, the fourth time they've made at least 10 three-pointers this season.

The Wildcats will play their last non-conference game on Monday evening in Bramlage against Western Illinois.

It's been a tough season for Kansas State, with six losses on the schedule and a spate of injuries across the roster. But the team has also had to endure tragedy this season, with four players' losing a parent. The emotional upheaval has taken a toll on the team, but the close-knit family atmosphere in the locker room has helped these players deal with grief and loss.

This was especially true for Charmeachealle Moore, who lost his father to a sudden heart attack early in the season. After the West Virginia game, Moore revealed he'd sat out last year because he'd been diagnosed with a brain tumor and believed his football career was over. But with the help of the staff and his teammates, along with support from his wife and family, he's been successfully treated and is looking to the next chapter in his life (Corbitt, Capital-Journal).