The men’s basketball team beat Iowa State 78-66 at Bramlage Coliseum yesterday afternoon. With the win, the Wildcats improve to 19-8 (8-6) on the season.
This was Kansas State’s first sweep of Iowa State since 2011, and through much of the first half, the outcome remained in doubt. With the game tied at 33-33, the Wildcats needed a strong second half and boy did they get it. Kansas State shot 62.5% in the half, opened up a 10-point lead and never looked back (Luke Sobba, Bring On the Cats).
Junior Dean Wade led all scorers with 22 points, nine assists, and eight rebounds, nearly a triple double. He has now scored in the double digits in every single Big 12 game. As Kellis Robinett reported in the Wichita Eagle, Iowa State coach Steve Prohm later commented on Wade’s versatility and progress:
He has really improved. He has gotten to be a tremendous player. He was very, very effective today. Our goal today was to hold him. Obviously, we couldn’t’ get that done.
Wade didn’t do it alone though. Barry Brown had 20 points (including a run of seven straight) and Xavier Sneed had 17, including a game-high 13 points in the first half.
The Wildcats were also great on the boards, out-rebounding Iowa State 35-28. Kansas State had 22 defensive boards and 13 offensive rebounds. This was the first game in over a month where the team dominated the boards (Greg Woods, Manhattan Mercury).
Up next, Kansas State hosts Texas at 8 PM on Wednesday.
The women’s basketball team could not duplicate the men’s success and lost 70-87 at TCU. This the third straight road loss for the Wildcats.
The first half was particularly painful for Kansas State. The Horned Frogs built up a 16-7 lead in the first quarter thanks in part to a 7-0 run to close out the stanza. In the second quarter, another run, this one 8-3, propelled TCU to a 47-30 halftime lead.
A solid third quarter from the Wildcats helped narrow the lead, but it wasn’t enough on a day when TCU shot 54.2 percent and out-rebounded Kansas State.
For the Wildcats, Kayla Goth had 23 points, seven assists, two steals and a block. Teammate Peyton Williams scored 21 points and had nine rebounds, and Kaylee Page added another 10 points.
On Tuesday, the Wildcats return home to host the first of two games against West Virginia at 7 PM.
Track and Field
At the USATF Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, Erik Kynard, Jr. won his fifth straight USATF indoor high jump title. He had a leap of 2.30m to take the title.
Kynard had been suffering from the flu in the run-up to the event, but still jumped well in competition. He has been the dominant athlete in American high jump for several years now, and has won 9 of the last 10 USATF events.