Cold-shooting K-State falls 61-54 to Tulsa

Tulsa guard Curran Scott loses the ball while defended by Kansas State forward Dean Wade, back, during the first half Saturday night in Wichita. (Orlin Wagner/The Associated Press)

WICHITA — This was a game that will not go into Kansas State’s offensive highlight reel.

 

The Wildcats never developed a flow and coudn’t connect on 3-pointers despite many, many attempts. A 4-for-31 showing behind the arc will get a team beat, and that was K-State’s downfall in a 61-54 loss to Tulsa on Saturday at Intrust Bank Arena.

“The first half we ran the offense and got good shots and we just missed them,” K-State coach Bruce Weber said. “The second half, we probably panicked a little bit and forced some actions and got a little uncharacteristic.”

With Tulsa in a zone defense much of the game Kamau Stokes, Barry Brown and Dean Wade were a combined 2 of 19 behind the arc for the Wildcats (8-2), who shot 32 percent overall (18 of 56).

“They did a good job keeping a couple of people on Dean,” Stokes said. “We had a lot of good looks, especially in the middle of the zone, and just didn’t make shots.

“It was just a bad shooting night. Everybody goes through it, every team goes through it, and tonight was our night.”

Wade did score 13 points with six rebounds while Xavier Sneed turned in a strong performance with 15 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals.

Tulsa (5-4) didn’t exactly light it up, shooting 40 percent and going 8 of 22 on 3-pointers but got a big trey from freshman guard Elijah Joiner with just over three minutes to break a tie and stay on top.

“I thought our guys played with great toughness,” Tulsa coach Frank Haith said. “We made some big shots down the stretch, but I thought our defense was outstanding all night.”

The Golden Hurricane, who lost starting guard DaQuan Jeffries earlier in the week with a hand injury, switched between a 3-2 and 2-3 zone with some man-to-man mixed in.

“One of the zones we just put in two days ago when DaQuan went down,” Haith said. “I thought we kept them off-balance by changing our zones. Regardless of what you run, you have to guard the ball and I thought we did a good job keeping them out of the paint and making them shoot contested jump shots.”

K-State spent much of the first half launching 3-pointers over the Tulsa zone and failing to connect. The Wildcats were 3 of 17 behind the arc in a 38-percent overall shooting half (11 of 29) but still led 30-27.

Sneed made the three 3s to score 13 points and provided the highlight of the first half with a high-flying putback dunk. That slam was followed by Amaad Wainright’s steal and breakaway dunk that put the Wildcats back on top 26-25 and sent them on to the halftime lead.

The K-State guards got into the scoring act early in the second half. Stokes hit a pair of floaters and Brown converted a steal into a breakaway layup, but the Wildcats continued to misfire from long range by going 1 of 14 behind the arc in the second half.

Tulsa went on top 39-38 on a 3-pointer by Junior Etou, who led the Hurricane with 22 points and seven rebounds. After a K-State timeout, Stokes hit his first trey of the night after four misses to regain the lead that was exchanged several times over the next few minutes.

A 3-pointer by Joiner gave Tulsa a 56-53 lead with 3:13 remaining, and the Hurricane stayed on top the rest of the way.

“Their freshman guard jumps up with the shot clock running down and makes a tough, tough shot,” Weber said. “Give them credit. They made big plays.

“We didn’t make the shots and didn’t make the plays down the stretch.”

TULSA 61, KANSAS ST. 54

TULSA (5-4)

Etou 7-14 3-5 22, Igbanu 1-5 8-8 10, Henderson 2-7 2-2 6, Wheeler 1-1 0-2 2, Taplin 4-7 0-1 9, Artison 1-3 0-0 2, Jackson 0-2 0-0 0, Joiner 2-6 1-2 7, Scott 1-2 1-2 3. Totals 19-47 15-22 61.

KANSAS ST. (8-2)

Sneed 4-13 5-5 15, Wade 5-11 2-2 13, Mawien 1-1 1-1 3, Stokes 3-12 4-6 11, Brown 4-13 2-3 10, Sallah 0-0 0-0 0, Stockard 0-0 0-0 0, Patrick 0-1 0-0 0, Diarra 0-2 0-0 0, Wainright 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 18-56 14-17 54.

Halftime — Kansas St. 30-27. 3-Point Goals — Tulsa 8-22 (Etou 5-7, Joiner 2-4, Taplin 1-4, Jackson 0-1, Igbanu 0-1, Artison 0-1, Henderson 0-4), Kansas St. 4-31 (Sneed 2-8, Wade 1-4, Stokes 1-8, Patrick 0-1, Wainright 0-1, Diarra 0-2, Brown 0-7). Fouled Out — Brown. Rebounds — Tulsa 39 (Taplin 8), Kansas St. 29 (Sneed 8). Assists — Tulsa 11 (Taplin 6), Kansas St. 12 (Sneed, Stokes 4). Total Fouls — Tulsa 15, Kansas St. 18. A — 7,180 (15,000).


Contact Ken Corbitt at (785) 295-1123 or @KenCorbitt on Twitter.


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