Kansas State males’s basketball advances to 2-0 after defeating California 63-54, with coach Jerome Tang turning into the fourth consecutive first-year head coach to win their first highway recreation.
The primary 9 minutes noticed pretty even play. Each defenses took over for a lot of early play till the Wildcats went on an 11-point run. The burst allowed the Wildcats to achieve a 15-point lead with 3 minutes remaining within the half. This lead could be held by Okay-State all through the remainder of the sport.
California made sizable runs, creating strain on the Wildcats offense to provide; nevertheless, senior ahead Keyontae Johnson and senior guard Marquise Nowell made massive impacts in offensive scoring and defensive rebounding.
California pushed again within the second half, happening an 11-point scoring run up till the ultimate 5 minutes. Nowell broke the run and capitalized with a 4-point play to push the Wildcats out on an 8-point run, resulting in their eventual victory.
Johnson made his presence recognized, main the staff in each factors (16) and rebounds (9). Nowell additionally had a productive day with 13 factors and 7 assists.
“We needed to play a highway recreation — not a impartial web site recreation — however a highway recreation,” Tang stated after the sport. “So we might expertise some adversity. You by no means wish to undergo what we went by means of within the second half, however it’s the one method you study and get higher. I assumed the final recreation [vs. UTRGV] we solely performed about 17 minutes of what we’re able to and as we speak I assumed we had been actually good within the first half till the final possession.”
The second half was a take a look at for the Okay-State offense. Though they didn’t put up the perfect statistical numbers, they rallied and had been capable of push by means of with a win.
“This can be a nice staff win. An ideal highway win.” Tang stated. “We battled by means of adversity after they went on their run. However that final 5 minutes, we name that ‘the 5 to grind’ and we tried to get as many stops as attainable. We got here collectively, talked it out, and determined what we wanted to do to win.”
The Wildcats will return to Manhattan for his or her subsequent match at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17, in Bramlage Coliseum to play towards the 0-2 College of Missouri-Kansas Metropolis Roos.