K-State basketball pulls out 68-65 road win over Washington State

Coach Bruce Weber’s Kansas State Wildcats used a 10-0 spurt in the final two minutes to pull out a 68-65 victory against Washington State on Wednesday at Spokane Arena. (November 2017 file photo/The Associated Press)

SPOKANE, Wash. — Kansas State was scrambling.

 

A 17-point first-half lead over Washington State was down to 10 at halftime and then completely disappeared as the Cougars stormed back for an eight-point lead with seven minutes remaining.

K-State was able to regroup behind Dean Wade and Barry Brown, using a 10-0 spurt in the final two minutes to pull out a 68-65 victory Wednesday at Spokane Arena.

Trailing by five points, Wade made his second straight basket in the paint, Makol Mawien scored on a putback then Brown scored six straight points to deliver the victory.

“Against Tulsa we had a stretch of three minutes and 54 seconds when we didn’t score the ball,” Brown said on the postgame radio show. “I think there was three minutes and 52 seconds left (Wednesday) and I was telling my teammates we’ve been through it already and lost and we know what we need to do to win.”

Brown scored 23 points, 19 in the second half, with six rebounds for the Wildcats (10-2) and Mawien had season-highs of 15 points and nine rebounds. Wade finished with 9 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals and Kamau Stokes had 9 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists and no turnovers.

“We went through this in the Tulsa game,” coach Bruce Weber said. “We all got defensive, we all got tight. I just kept saying, ‘Guys, you have to win games different ways. You have to grind it out.’ Sometimes it’s got to be ugly and you’ve got to find a way, and that’s what we did.”

K-State used a 13-3 run to build a 21-9 lead and was up 34-17 on a 3-pointer by Brian Patrick with 3:07 left in the first half. The margin was down to 10 points at halftime, 35-25, as Carter Skaggs came off the WSU bench to score 13 points with three 3-pointers.

The Cougars (7-4) began the second half with four 3-pointers in a 16-7 run to pull within one point.

“They were down 20 twice early in the season and came back and won both of those games so we said 10 is nothing, especially the way they shoot it,” Weber said. “It went much quicker than I thought it would.”

The Cougars had their first lead of the game at 49-47 on Malachi Flynn’s three-point play with 10:01 remaining, and Flynn’s trey with 7:17 left made it 57-49.

Brown then took over. The junior guard scored on back-to-back drives through the lane and went 1 of 2 at the free throw line to pull the Wildcats within one point with six minutes to play. That set up the Wildcats for the closing run as the Cougars didn’t score from the 2:45 mark until a bucket at the buzzer.

Skaggs scored 24 points and Flynn 23 for the Cougars, who were 11 of 34 from 3-point range, 7 of 18 in the second half.

“The second half they (Cougars) made shots and got good energy,” Weber said. “Our guys probably lost a little poise and took some tough shots, but down the stretch we really executed. The most important thing is we got stops when it counted. A good win for our guys.”

The Wildcats, 3-2 in games away from Bramlage Coliseum, open the Big 12 schedule at Iowa State on Dec. 29.

“There’s some teams in our league that haven’t been on the road so hopefully it’s going to prepare us,” Weber said.

KANSAS STATE (10-2)

Mawien 6-10 3-4 15, Sneed 1-8 0-0 2, Wade 3-7 3-5 9, Stokes 3-10 2-4 9, Brown 8-17 6-6 23, Sallah 0-0 0-0 0, Diarra 0-1 0-0 0, Patrick 1-2 0-0 3, Wainright 3-5 0-0 7. Totals 25-60 14-19 68.

WASHINGTON STATE (7-4)

Franks 2-10 2-2 6, Bernstine 2-5 0-1 4, Daniels 1-4 0-0 3, Flynn 8-20 3-4 23, Hinson 1-2 0-0 2, Acquaah 0-3 1-2 1, Pollard 1-3 0-0 2, Chidom 0-1 0-0 0, Skaggs 9-14 0-0 24. Totals 24-62 6-9 65.

3-point goals — K-State 4-24 (Stokes 1-4, Brown 1-5, Patrick 1-2, Wainright 1-3, Mawien 0-2, Sneed 0-5, Wade 0-2, Diarra 0-1), WSU 11-34 (Skaggs 6-10, Flynn 4-14, Daniels 1-4, Franks 0-4, Acquaah 0-1, Pollard 0-1). Rebounds — K-State 43 (Mawien 9), WSU 37 (Bernstine 7). Assists — K-State 12 (Stokes 7), WSU 10 (Flynn 4). Turnovers — K-State 8, WSU 10. Total fouls — K-State 16, WSU 19. Fouled out — Bernstine. Officials — Higgins, Rastatter, Olson. Attendance — 4,165.

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