Saturday’s box score
K-State 52, UMKC 44
Percentages: FG .333, FT .667. 3-Point Goals: 4-12, .333 (Staton 2-3, Korver 2-5, Rogers 0-1, Wedel 0-1, Tanner 0-2). Team Rebounds: 1. Blocked Shots: 4 (Chatmon 2, Burke, Reid). Turnovers: 19 (Chatmon 4, Rogers 3, Burke 3, Tanner 2, Tyler 2, Staton 2, Reid, Korver). Steals: 4 (Chatmon, Tanner, Tyler, Rogers). Technical Fouls: None.
Percentages: FG .321, FT .516. 3-Point Goals: 2-10, .200 (McGruder 1-4, Spradling 1-5, Southwell 0-1). Team Rebounds: 2. Blocked Shots: 4 (Henriquez 2, Diaz, McGruder). Turnovers: 11 (Spradling 2, McGruder 2, Henriquez 2, Diaz 2, Williams, Lawrence, Southwell). Steals: 9 (McGruder 4, Lawrence 3, Williams, Spradling). Technical Fouls: None.
Att.–12,528. Officials–John Higgins, Duke Edsall, Jeb Hartness.
Up in the air
Playing a game four days after Christmas is good for attendance. It can bad for travelers.
K-State guard Angel Rodriguez had the most problems, returning from Puerto Rico. The delay kept him out of Saturday’s game because he wasn’t able to get treatment for tendinitis in his foot. Guard Martavious Irving injured his knee in Friday’s practice and also sat out the game.
“We had guys sitting in airports for two days,” coach Bruce Weber said. “We missed one of our full practices. The second day, we were supposed to go twice and barely got everybody here.”
Rodriguez was scheduled to arrive in Manhattan on Wednesday. Instead, he returned mid-day Friday after spending hours in airports in San Juan and Chicago.
Weber said he hopes Rodriguez can play on Monday against South Dakota. He is not sure about Irving’s availability.
“I really hope Angel can make it back,” Weber said. “Otherwise he will be going two weeks without a game heading into Oklahoma State (Saturday). I don’t know about (Irving). His knee locked up, and he’s had it happen before, but never this bad.”
UMKC forward Nelson Kirksey sat out with an unspecified injury. Kirksey, who started four games, averages 7.3 points. He is expected to play on Monday when UMKC plays Summit League opponent Omaha. Forward Trinity Hall, who started eight games, missed his third game after breaking his right hand against Appalachian State. Junior Kirk Korver, brother of the NBA’s Kyle Korver, started in Kirksey’s place.
Foul from the line
The Wildcats could have saved themselves much agony by making a few more free throws.
They entered the game shooting 66.8 percent from the line and lowered that percentage by going 16 of 31 on Saturday.
“We just had an off night,” guard Rodney McGruder said. “We have just got to get in the gym and work. We work on it a lot in practice, so there is no reason that we should miss free throws like that.”
K-State played at home as a ranked team for the first time since a 63-60 loss to Oklahoma on Jan. 28, 2012. That loss, and one at Iowa State, knocked the Wildcats out of the rankings for the season.… The 96 combined points is tied for the fewest scored in the Big 12 era for K-State and an opponent. K-State defeated Iowa State 50-46 in 2009 at Hilton Coliseum. Kansas State is 16-1 overall and 10-0 at home against UMKC.