Tuesday’s box score
Kansas St. 64, S. Dakota 62
Percentages: FG .500, FT .700. 3-Point Goals: 4-14, .286 (Norris 1-2, Larson 1-2, Kasperbauer 1-3, Thoseby 1-4, Flack 0-1, Bos 0-2). Team Rebounds: 1. Blocked Shots: 5 (Gruis 3, Flack 2). Turnovers: 18 (Norris 4, Thoseby 3, Flack 3, Gruis 3, Bos 3, Rowson, Larson). Steals: 9 (Norris 4, Flack 2, Larson, Gruis, Bos). Technical Fouls: None.
Percentages: FG .387, FT .500. 3-Point Goals: 6-19, .316 (Foster 4-9, Southwell 1-3, N. Johnson 1-4, Spradling 0-3). Team Rebounds: 3. Blocked Shots: 0. Turnovers: 13 (Gipson 3, N. Johnson 3, Iwundu 2, Williams 2, Southwell, Lawrence, Spradling). Steals: 10 (Lawrence 3, Foster 3, Spradling 2, N. Johnson, Iwundu). Technical Fouls: None.
A—11,612. Officials—John Higgins, Gary Maxwell, Jeb Hartness.
K-State senior guard Will Spradling was held scoreless against South Dakota. He missed all three of his shots and finished with four rebounds and three assists.
Weber wanted more.
“Will has got to give us something on offense,” Weber said. “He is too good a player. We need him to make some shots. He is getting ticky-tack fouls, and he compounds them … he is too good a player for that. He is our most experienced guy. He has been through it. I think he is putting too much pressure on himself.”
Weber said he yelled at Spradling during halftime for the first time during his tenure as K-State’s coach.
“I yelled at him, because he has got to be better than that and he is better than that,” Weber said. “If we are going to have success he has to step up.”
Though Thomas Gipson had 13 points and eight rebounds against South Dakota, he didn’t think he played well.
Why? His defense was sub par. South Dakota big man Trevor Gruis made things look easy against him in the paint. Gruis made seven of eight shots on his way to 18 points and nine rebounds. He played all 40 minutes and looked like the most dominant forward on the floor.
Marcus Foster scored 14 of K-State’s 26 points in the first half, sinking four three-pointers when his teammates were unable to find the bottom of the net.… Omari Lawrence played a pivotal part in K-State’s victory by coming off the bench to score nine points and grab five rebounds. .… Nigel Johnson scored seven points, and made some important plays in the second half, but K-State coaches weren’t happy with his play, mainly because of his three turnovers.