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Wildcats husk off Nebraska in former Huge 12 matchup

Guard Desi Sills seems to drive with the ball through the sport towards Abilene Christian on Dec. 6. (Archive picture by Elizabeth Sandstrom | Collegian Media Group)

Kansas State males’s basketball defeated the Nebraska Cornhuskers 71-56 on the T-Cellular Heart in Kansas Metropolis, Missouri. The win over the previous convention foe strikes Ok-State to 10-1 in head coach Jerome Tang’s inaugural season — enhancing upon one of the best begin by a first-year coach in class historical past.

“We’ve bought some rivals they usually wanna win,” Tang stated. “I believe on a regular basis we care extra about profitable than we care about particular person stats.” 

The primary ten minutes noticed fairly even play. Ok-State, nonetheless, held an early benefit because of sturdy ball motion that created photographs past the arc. Twelve of the Wildcats’ first 17 factors got here from three-pointers they usually lead 17-14.

This pattern continued for a lot of the primary half as Ok-State drained six three-pointers and tallied 13 assists. The Wildcats then pulled away from Nebraska after a sequence of defensive stops and spotlight performs. 

Guard Markquis Nowell hit a three-pointer from means downtown, fittingly within the T-Cellular Heart. Nowell adopted the shot with one more flashy help to ahead Keyontae Johnson for a slam. Johnson would then create his personal steal-and-slam. Within the ultimate seconds, Nowell linked with heart David N’Guessan to slam near a dominant Wildcat end to the half.  Ok-State led 39-26 on the break. 

“If we will get to the rim and get dunks meaning good issues are taking place … after which the gang will get behind us and people dudes get to flying round,” Tang stated. “When that ball goes into the ring, whether or not it’s dunks or threes these guys … it simply fires them up.”

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Instantly out of the half, Johnson took management. 9 factors within the first 5 minutes for the senior ahead gave Ok-State their largest lead of 16 factors. 

The Wildcats had established management of the matchup, all that was left was combating off any try by Nebraska to come back again. Ok-State, nonetheless led by Johnson, hardly ever gave the Cornhuskers hope. A late push by Nebraska to chop the Wildcat lead underneath ten wouldn’t be sufficient.

Johnson led the workforce in scoring and rebounding, totaling 23 factors and 10 rebounds — his second double-double this 12 months. Nowell notched seven assists and 13 factors, 9 from three-pointers. Junior Nae’Qwan Tomlin rounded out scorers in double figures with 15 factors.

The victory towards a power-5 workforce in Nebrasksa, who not too long ago defeated No. 7 Creighton, may pay dividends on a resume in March. Ok-State has not appeared within the NCAA match since 2019. 

Up subsequent for the Ok-State Wildcats is Radford at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 21, at Bramlage Coliseum earlier than convention play opens towards West Virginia.