Everyone’s had high hopes for Cartier Diarra since Bruce Weber inked him to a scholarship a couple of years ago.
Those hopes may come to fruition if today is any indication, as Diarra led all Wildcats scorers with 14 points as K-State defeated Missouri State 78-62 in an exhibition game staged on behalf of the American Red Cross.
Nobody will be surprised by four-fifths of the Wildcat starting lineup this afternoon, as Xavier Sneed and Dean Wade were joined by the guard duo of Kamau Stokes and Barry Brown. The fifth spot went to Mount St. Mary’s grad transfer Mawdo Sallah, who only played 15 minutes, contributing two points and three rebounds. Only Wade, Stokes, and Brown saw more than 20 minutes of action, however.
Stokes had 13 points and Brown 12, giving the Cats a trio in double figures. Wade added six points and a team-high seven rebounds, and Stokes led the game with four steals.
The Bears took the game-high honors in both points and rebounds. Jarrid Rhodes had 20 points, and Tanveer Bhuliar had 9 boards.
Next up: next Sunday at Bramlage against the Fort Hays State Tigers. You may all commence taunting ECAW whenever you’re ready.