Saturday’s box score
K-State 67, Florida 61
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.
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.
Att.–16,303. Officials–Rick Hartzell, Pat Adams, Keith Kimble.
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.
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