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Wildcat report (Dec. 22)

  • Published Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, at 11:42 p.m.
  • Updated Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, at 12:06 a.m.

Saturday’s box score

K-State 67, Florida 61

FLORIDAMinFG-AFT-AOR-TRAPFPT
Murphy313-50-00-3048
Young268-113-46-100519
Boynton304-112-40-22011
Rosario241-92-30-0105
Wilbekin345-111-20-17111
Graham20-00-00-0000
Yeguete140-32-21-2022
Frazier II221-30-00-3133
Prather141-30-01-3052
Walker30-10-01-1000
Totals20023-5710-1510-27112061

Percentages: FG .404, FT .667. 3-Point Goals: 5-19, .263 (Murphy 2-3, Frazier II 1-2, Rosario 1-4, Boynton 1-5, Walker 0-1, Prather 0-1, Wilbekin 0-3). Team Rebounds: 2. Blocked Shots: 2 (Young 2). Turnovers: 9 (Yeguete 3, Boynton 2, Wilbekin 2, Young, Prather). Steals: 4 (Boynton 2, Prather, Rosario). Technical Fouls: None.

KANSAS ST.MinFG-AFT-AOR-TRAPFPT
Gipson182-33-43-5017
Southwell242-50-00-3325
Rodriguez191-21-20-1344
McGruder384-125-62-63213
Spradling394-126-81-65217
Irving213-50-00-1218
Williams172-60-02-7034
Lawrence30-00-00-0000
Henriquez182-35-93-6019
Johnson30-00-00-0000
Totals20020-4820-2911-36161667

Percentages: FG .417, FT .690. 3-Point Goals: 7-17, .412 (Spradling 3-8, Irving 2-3, Rodriguez 1-2, Southwell 1-2, McGruder 0-2). Team Rebounds: 1. Blocked Shots: 7 (Henriquez 5, Gipson, Southwell). Turnovers: 10 (Henriquez 3, Williams 2, Rodriguez 2, Southwell, Irving, McGruder). Steals: 5 (McGruder 2, Spradling, Gipson, Southwell). Technical Fouls: None.

Florida

233861
Kansas St.333467

Att.–16,303. Officials–Rick Hartzell, Pat Adams, Keith Kimble.

Spradling’s best

Will Spradling fell two points shy of his career high, but he felt like he played his finest game in a K-State uniform.

“It was probably the best all-around performance I have had,” he said.

Spradling scored 17 points, hitting three three-pointers, and grabbing six rebounds. He was active throughout, coming off screens and having a hand in many plays. He thought making shots early helped his teammates late.

“That brought confidence to the whole team,” Spradling said.

Two more games

Kansas State players agreed that beating Florida will help them when Big 12 play begins on Jan. 5 against Oklahoma State. But they seemed to overlook the fact that they must still play UMKC and South Dakota before conference play starts.

Weber offered a friendly reminder that this win was only a step on a long journey.

“I would like to remind them we are not done with nonconference yet,” Weber said.

Worth noting

The crowd of 16,303 was easily the largest pro-Wildcats crowd K-State has played in front of this season. The Sprint Center was nearly full, and loud throughout the game. The support helped. “It was huge factor,” Spradling said. “I felt like they really brought energy and that really helped us.” Long lines at the doors prevented some fans from reaching their seats on time, though.… Nino Williams saw his first action since injuring his shoulder a week ago during a game at Gonzaga.

— Kellis Robinett

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