Men’s Basketball Recap: K-State 70 #8 Kansas 63

K-State fans storm the court after a win against KU.

By: Brennan Mense

The K-State team reeling from two embarrassing losses shocked the 8th-ranked Kansas Jayhawks in a Big Monday showcase at Bramlage Coliseum. K-State trailed for nearly the entire first half, but recovered to take a 31-30 lead at halftime. After falling behind by eight in the second half, K-State rallied to take the lead for good at the 8:01 mark, thanks to the hot shooting of Nigel Johnson and Thomas Gipson.

Halftime Thoughts: Perry Ellis wore out the Wildcats interior defense, scoring the Jayhawk’s first nine points and 16 overall in the first half. Thanks largely to Perry Ellis, the Jayhawks ran out to an early lead until Johnson came off the bench to close the gap with eight points. Nino Williams—after missing several easy shots—hit two free throws with 1.3 seconds left in the half to give K-State a surprising halftime lead.

Player of the Game: There is no debate here, Johnson gets the prize. The sophomore came off the bench to score a career-high of 20 points, going 8-11 from the field and 4-5 from three-point range in the process. On a night where Marcus Foster and Nino Williams combined to shoot 7-23 with 21 points, Johnson stepped up to carry the load. Runner-up goes to Williams, who despite starting 1-7 from the field, hit his final 3 shots and seven of eight free throws to finish with 15 points.

Game Defining Moment: With the Wildcats down three, Nigel Johnson buried a three from the wing to tie the game at 47-47 with 11:26. After the Wildcats fell behind 52-49 two minutes later, Johnson buried a three from well beyond the top of the key to tie the game at 52-52 with 9:51. K-State would then take the lead less than two minutes later.

Up Next: As exhilarating as this win is for the Wildcats, their NCAA Tournament hopes are still pretty much non-existent. Their next game will be against an Iowa State team that is trying to chase down KU on Saturday at Bramlage Coliseum. The Wildcats will enter the game at 14-15 and 7-9 in the Big 12. Iowa State is currently 20-6 and 11-4 in the conference with a home game against Baylor on Wednesday beforehand.

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Women’s Basketball Recap: K-State 64 Oklahoma 73

By: Alec Gartner

The second ranked team in the Big 12, Oklahoma, held a 30-25 lead going into the break after a back and forth first half. Nevertheless, the Cats dug a big hole early in the second half, and could never claw their way back. Ultimately, The Cats lost to the Sooners 73-64.

Halftime Thoughts: Peyton Little was the story of the game scoring 16 of her 30 points in the first half. K-State could not stop this Oklahoma guard. But the Wildcats had a sharp shooter of their own, Kindred Wesemann, who had two 3’s and a total of 10 points to keep K-State within reach of the Sooners. K-State was without major outputs from Haley Texada, Breanna Lewis, and Shaelyn Martin in the first half, totaling five points all together.

Player of the Game: Scoring more than 41% of Oklahoma’s offense, naming Peyton Little the MVP doesn’t do her justice. Not only did she score 30 points, which included 8-10 three pointers, she shot 69% from the field, perfect from the free throw line, and had six rebounds to add to her performance. Little was one of two Sooners to score in double figures, while all other players had no more than six.

Game Defining Event: Less than three minutes into the second half, Martin made two free throws to cut the Oklahoma lead to 35-29. Then, Oklahoma went on an 11-0 run in just over three minutes, giving them a lead of seventeen. Although K-State tried to make several comebacks throughout the game, they never got within eight.

Up Next: K-State, now 15-11 on the season and 5-10 in conference, has three games remaining. All three teams are in the bottom half of the Big 12: KU, TCU, and West Virginia. The Wildcats, defeated in the past three games, still have a lot to play for. K-State has most likely lost their chance at the NCAA tournament but a high seed in the WNIT should still be on their radar.

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