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Wildcat report Wildcat report (Feb. 9)

  • Published Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at 9:39 p.m.
  • Updated Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at 5:19 p.m.

Saturday’s box score

No. 13 Kansas St. 79,

Iowa St. 70

IOWA ST.MinFG-AFT-AOR-TRAPFPT
Ejim356-101-16-111213
Niang264-101-21-4049
Babb353-70-00-0019
Lucious295-92-21-15316
Clyburn302-90-00-2246
Palo200-02-21-2222
Gibson30-00-00-0010
McGee226-80-01-11115
Totals20026-536-714-27111870

Percentages: FG .491, FT .857. 3-Point Goals: 12-27, .444 (Lucious 4-8, McGee 3-4, Babb 3-6, Clyburn 2-6, Ejim 0-1, Niang 0-2). Team Rebounds: 6. Blocked Shots: 1 (Ejim). Turnovers: 20 (Clyburn 5, Ejim 5, Lucious 4, Babb 2, McGee, Palo). Steals: 6 (Ejim 2, Lucious, Niang, McGee, Babb). Technical Fouls: None.

KANSAS ST.MinFG-AFT-AOR-TRAPFPT
Henriquez80-10-00-0000
Southwell343-60-22-3418
Rodriguez346-147-71-23120
McGruder397-135-61-35222
Spradling251-20-00-2023
Irving223-72-22-21110
Williams70-00-01-2120
Lawrence10-00-00-0000
Gipson216-84-53-71216
Johnson90-00-01-3120
Totals20026-5118-2212-26161379

Percentages: FG .510, FT .818. 3-Point Goals: 9-18, .500 (McGruder 3-4, Irving 2-4, Southwell 2-5, Spradling 1-2, Rodriguez 1-3). Team Rebounds: 2. Blocked Shots: 3 (Henriquez 2, Gipson). Turnovers: 14 (McGruder 3, Southwell 3, Rodriguez 3, Gipson 2, Irving 2, Henriquez). Steals: 8 (McGruder 4, Rodriguez 2, Southwell, Irving). Technical Fouls: None.

Iowa St.

323870
Kansas St.334679

Att.–12,528. Officials–Doug Sirmons, Rick Crawford, Jeb Hartness.

Focusing on Spradling

Will Spradling made one shot against Iowa State and finished with three points, but it’s hard to say he had a quiet game.

Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg said he was so worried about the junior guard repeating the 15-point effort he had at Hilton Coliseum earlier this season that the Cyclones’ defense centered on stopping him.

“Spradling, I thought, was the guy who hurt us the most the first time,” Hoiberg said. “He made four threes. We felt if he got loose we wouldn’t have a chance to win this game. We really worked on chasing him the last few days in practice.”

That opened up space for other players who took advantage. Rodney McGruder, Angel Rodriguez, Thomas Gipson and Martavious Irving all finished in double figures.

Preparing for KU

K-State players downplayed the fact that they are playing their in-state rival with first-place on the line Monday.

“It seems like people try to amp up that Kansas game more than any other game,” McGruder said. “It’s just any other game. I feel like we are prepared. We were prepared today. We are going to be prepared on Monday.”

Added Rodriguez: “It is a big rivalry and everything, but I don’t think they would make a big deal out of it if we were going to play another team. It’s just another game. We have to treat it like any other.”

Worth noting

•  Jordan Henriquez is in a slump. The Wildcats’ senior forward started against Iowa State, but didn’t do much. He fumbled two passes on his way to the basket and missed badly on a jumper early, and barely played after that. Weber decided to use Gipson and D.J. Johnson instead.

•  Shane Southwell had another strong game distributing the ball. On top of his eight points, he had four assists.

•  The last time K-State was all alone on top of the Big 12 standings was after a 7-1 start in 2008.… K-State snapped a three-game losing streak in the series. … K-State honored the Bramlage family on Saturday in a pregame ceremony. Last June, Ron, Becky and their children, Brandon, Boston, Beau and Roxanne Bramlage died in a plane crash. The Wildcats’ basketball arena is named after Ron’s grandfather, Fred Bramlage. A portrait of the family will be displayed in the arena’s Legends Room.

— Kellis Robinett

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