Saturday’s box score
Kansas St. 72, No. 21 Gonzaga 62
Percentages: FG .480, FT .467. 3-Point Goals: 7-21, .333 (Barham 3-6, Pangos 2-5, Dranginis 1-3, Bell, Jr. 1-4, Stockton 0-3). Team Rebounds: 1. Blocked Shots: 3 (Karnowski 2, Dower). Turnovers: 12 (Dranginis 3, Pangos 2, Stockton 2, Barham, Coleman, Karnowski, Bell, Jr.). Steals: 2 (Pangos, Barham). Technical Fouls: None.
Percentages: FG .444, FT .760. 3-Point Goals: 5-18, .278 (Foster 2-6, N. Johnson 1-2, Spradling 1-4, Southwell 1-5, Iwundu 0-1). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots: 1 (Gipson). Turnovers: 4 (Lawrence, Iwundu, Foster, D. Johnson). Steals: 4 (Southwell 2, Iwundu, Foster). Technical Fouls: None.
A—13,224. Officials—Rick Hartzell, Terry Davis, Toby Martinez.
Key Play: Nino Williams took a pass from Shane Southwell and made a layup to give K-State a 29-24 lead at halftime.
Key Stat: Star Gonzaga guard Kevin Pangos didn’t score.
Key Play: Marcus Foster threw down a thunderous dunk over David Stockton to give K-State a 40-32 lead.
Key Stat: K-State lost two turnovers.
Future nonconference games
Kansas State coach Bruce Weber had nothing but good things to say about the crowd at Intrust Bank Arena on Saturday. He was convinced the combination of poor weather and icy roads would keep fans away, but 13,224 were in attendance.
He plans on returning to Wichita for future games on a bi-yearly basis. He said K-State’s intention is to play a neutral-court game every year at the Sprint Center in Kansas City and a game at Intrust Bank Arena every other year.
"That is our mindset," Weber said. "We would have done Kansas City this year, but I thought our schedule was hard enough. Right now our goal is to come back every other year. This is a great venue and we had a great crowd."
Weber said K-State will return to the Sprint Center for a neutral-court game next December. The Wildcats are in the process of finalizing an opponent. Another game that has been scheduled for next year: Long Beach State. Weber said the Wildcats will visit the 49ers on their way to the Maui Invitational.
Thomas set for debut
Freshman point guard Jevon Thomas was finally cleared to play on Saturday, but Weber chose not to dress him, because he hasn’t practiced with his teammates. But he may play against Tulane next week.
"If he can get a few minutes, it would be nice," Weber said. "But he has to earn it in practice. The one thing he has got to do is be himself and be energetic. When he is in the locker room everyone’s mood is better. We will see what he brings to the table and slowly try to work him in."