Friday’s box score
N. Colorado 60, Kansas St. 58
Percentages: FG .404, FT .600. 3-Point Goals: 3-13, .231 (Unruh 3-8, Huskisson 0-1, Barden 0-2, Wilson 0-2). Team Rebounds: 6. Blocked Shots: 0. Turnovers: 15 (Spence 4, Osborne 4, Svihovec 2, Lee 2, Huskisson, Barden, Unruh). Steals: 6 (Barden 3, Huskisson 2, Unruh). Technical Fouls: None.
Percentages: FG .339, FT .485. 3-Point Goals: 2-19, .105 (Spradling 2-9, Lawrence 0-1, Southwell 0-3, Foster 0-6). Team Rebounds: 3. Blocked Shots: 3 (Lawrence, D. Johnson, Southwell). Turnovers: 9 (Southwell 3, Williams 3, D. Johnson 2, Foster). Steals: 7 (Williams 3, Southwell, Iwundu, D. Johnson, Lawrence). Technical Fouls: None.
A—12,004. Officials—Terry Davis, Bret Smith, Toby Martinez.
K-State coach Bruce Weber lost in the season opener for the second time in 16 seasons as a head coach, spanning his time at Southern Illinois, Illinois and K-State. His last loss in an opener came in his first season at Southern Illinois, losing to Murray State in 1998,
Foster for the people
K-State freshman guard Marcus Foster made his first start for the Wildcats and struggled, like the rest of his teammates, with shooting. Foster was 3 of 12 from the field with an 0-for-6 performance on three-pointers. Foster finished with 8 points and no turnovers in 30 minutes. Fellow freshman Wesley Iwundu made the most of his time on the floor, scoring 14 points in 20 minutes.
Junior forward Thomas Gipson was sorely missed on the boards, and Weber didn't have an exact timetable for his return.
"We are going day by day at this point and Thomas is still undergoing a battery of tests to determine when he can play," Weber said. "The good news is he's back on the court. The bad news is that we don't know exactly when he'll be back."