Kansas State Uses Quick Start to Down Howard
Manhattan, KS—December 31---Glenn Andrews poured in a game-high 25 points, but his efforts were no match for hot shooting Kansas State (11-1) , which jumped out to a big lead and cruised to an 82-46 win over Howard in a non-conference men's game at Bramlage Coliseum.
Andrews scored the game's first basket on a long three pointer, but it was the last lead of the game for the Bison as the Wildcats used a 14-0 run midway through the first half en route to a 50-18 halftime advantage. K-State combined its dominance of the boards (28-13) and some sizzling outside marksmanship, connecting on 10 of 18 (56 percent) from beyond the arc as five different players scored at least one trey.
The Bison struggled as only Andrews was able to generate any offense. The 6-2 senior guard from Alexandria, VA, led all scorers with 12 points in the first 20 minutes. All of his points came on three pointers. The rest of the team shot a collective 2 of 18.
In the second half, K-State slowed down the pace and went to its power game, content to get the ball into the post for close-in baskets or sending players to the free throw line. Howard meanwhile continued its inability to score for long stretches that has plagued them of late. They managed only one field goal and a free throw during the first nine minutes as the Wildcats increased the margin.
The Bison (4-11) did play better in the last five minutes of the game by improving its shooting percentage to 44 percent and going to the free throw line (17 times in the second half).
Andrews finished with 25 points, three off his career high of 28, and sophomore center Alphonso Leary came off the bench to score all seven of his points in the second half.
K-State featured a balanced attack led by Rodney McGruder with 14, Will Sprading with 13, Angel Rodriquez with 11 off the bench and Jamar Samuels and Jeremy Jones, each with 10.
GAME NOTES: The Bison played without Calvin Thompson, who is nursing a groin injury…The Wildcat bench out-scored Howard, 34-12…the Bison were again affected by the turnover bug, committing 19 that K-State converted into 25 points…Simuel Frazier handed out five assists and Leary grabbed 6 rebounds to go along with his 7 points in 14 minutes…Tre Lee pulled down a season-high 6 rebounds to tie Leary.
NEXT UP: The Bison conclude their non-conference schedule and resume MEAC play on January 4 against Coppin State at home. Tipoff is 7 pm.