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Kansas State’s two basketball teams score record-setting losses

NCAA Basketball: Kansas State at West Virginia Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

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Kansas State lost to West Virginia 89-51 yesterday in Morgantown. The 38-point loss was the worst defeat for the Wildcats under Bruce Weber, and the worst part is that the outcome was never really in doubt.

West Virginia dominated the game from start to finish. Although the ‘Eers 39-30 halftime was not exactly insurmountable, on a day when Barry Brown only scored one point and Cartier Diarra was a non-entity, the nine point advantage was more than enough. Kansas State lost 10 turnovers during the game, and at one point, the Wildcats went over 10 minutes without a field goal.

The lone bright spots for Kansas State were Dean Wade and Xavier Sneed. Wade continued his personal hot streak scoring 17 points on 6-of-13 shooting. Sneed, who played a full 34 minutes, had 16 points on 5-of-11 shooting, with all five field goals from beyond the arc.

Next up, Kansas State will continue its road show with a date against Texas on Wednesday.

After the men had already been soundly defeated in Morgantown, the women’s basketball team took the floor at Bramlage Coliseum and proceeded to lose to Iowa State in even uglier fashion, 80-45.

The Cyclones owned the first and third quarters and that was more than enough for the win. Iowa State had four players in double figures and shot 67% from the field. In contrast, only Kayla Goth and Peyton Williams managed double digits, with 16 and 11 points respectively. As a team, the Wildcats shot only 24.5%. The shooting percentage and points were the season’s lowest for Kansas State.

The Wildcats host Texas Tech on Wednesday at 7 PM.

Track and Field

In contrast to Kansas State’s basketball fortunes, the track teams’ are mostly looking up. The Wildcats played host to Oklahoma State, Oklahoma Baptist, and Washburn at the DeLoss Dodds Invitational this weekend, and swept the women’s and men’s events.

Kansas State’s haul for the weekend included 18 event victories, five meet records, and a new school record.

In the Steve Fritz men’s heptathlon, Max Estill took third with 4,900 points total. The event was won by former K-State athlete Reinis Kegers with a meet record 5,566 points.

Nina Schultz won the women’s long jump with teammate Konstantina Romaiou taking second. The men’s long jump event was won by former Wildcat Ifeanyi Otuonye, but current Wildcats Jullane Walker and Tejaswin Shankar took second and third place.

As befits #HighJumpU, the men’s and women’s events were won by former NCAA champions who once wore purple. Erik Kynard, competing for Team Jordan, took first in the men’s event, while Kim Williamson won the women’s event. Brett Neelly and Jess St. John took the men’s and women’s shot put titles respectively.

On the track, Kurt Lowenstein won both the men’s 800m and 1000m races, while Sydney Collins won the women’s 1000m race. The Wildcats also finished 1 and 2 in the women’s 4x400 with both the A and B teams competing in the finals.