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K-State won the “Schulz Bowl” last night

NCAA Basketball: Washington State at Kansas State Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

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Last night, K-State beat Washington State in Kansas City, overcoming a sluggish start with a strong second half, as noted in Jon Morse’s recap: Kansas State 70, Washington State 56.

This should have been an easier night out for Kansas State though. In a tale of two halves, even Bruce Weber said the Wildcats “weren’t very sharp.” The team did come together for the final 30 minutes, however, and Wesley Iwundu was the star of the night. He finished with 15 points to lead all scorers along with eight rebounds and five assists (Kellis Robinett, Wichita Eagle).

Iwundu later admitted the Wildcats were a bit confused by the Cougars’ defense at the beginning of the game, but once Kansas State adjusted and starting playing as a team, everything came together. Regardless of the slow start yesterday, the Wildcats are 9-1 and the team will take that as a good start, their best in five seasons (Ken Corbitt, Topeka Capital-Journal).

On the women’s side, Kansas State is gearing up for its biggest game of the young season, hosting No. 1/2 UConn at Bramlage Coliseum this afternoon. The game sold out nine days in advance, and will be broadcast on FS1. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 PM.

For freshman Peyton Williams, this is not only a big game but a chance to exceed the expectations she’s set for herself. Although Williams has been overwhelmed by how fast things happen in college, she’s shown consistent improvement especially on defense (Corbitt, Capital-Journal).

Track

Kansas State hosted the K-State Winter Invitational at Ahearn Field House yesterday, and to the suprise of exactly nobody, swept the entire event in the first full meet of the season. The men’s team topped Oklahoma State and UMKC, while the women beat Oklahoma State, UMKC, and Omaha.

A full set of results is available HERE.

The Wildcats will take a break for the holiday but will be back in action on January 7, 2017, as the team heads down I-70 to compete in the Bill Easton Classic in Lawrence, Kansas.

Happy weekend, all!