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Southwell scores 19 as K-State beats Tulane 72-41

  • Associated Press
  • Published Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at 6:16 p.m.
  • Updated Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, at 3:05 p.m.

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— Kansas State is on a seven-game winning streak and the Wildcats have been on the roll because of defense.

“It’s a team defense,” Kansas State coach Bruce Weber said after the Wildcats cruised to a 72-41 victory over Tulane on Saturday in the Brooklyn Hoops Winter Festival at Barclays Center. “We have a system and the kids have bought into it. Most important the four freshmen have. Usually what they struggle with is defense and they’ve done a good job of helping us become a good team.”

It was a senior who led the way offensively Saturday as New York native Shane Southwell matched his career high with 19 points but the Wildcats (9-3) continued their fine defensive play of late.

In the first six games of the winning streak they held opponents to 52.8 points on 38.0 percent shooting from the field and those numbers improved Saturday.

Tulane (7-7), which had won its last two games, had plenty of trouble with Kansas State, finishing with a season low in points (the previous was 52 in a loss to Texas State) and shooting percentage (28.6 percent on 12 of 42).

“Obviously any win is good and to win by that margin surprises a little bit,” Weber said. “We challenged our guys to be locked up from the start and control the tempo from the get-go.”

Nigel Johnson, one of the four freshmen, added 13 points for the Wildcats, including seven in a 12-1 run that gave Kansas State a 55-29 lead with 9:50 to play. Southwell was 5 of 9 from three-point range and the Wildcats finished 12 of 27 from beyond the arc (44.4 percent).

“He’s one of our smartest players and he’s starting to make some shots that’s a real positive,” Weber said. “If he starts making shots and we play our defense the way we have we can be competitive in our league.”

The Wildcats host George Washington on Tuesday and then open play in the Big 12 at home against No. 7 Oklahoma State.

“I told them, `Now it’s for real,’ ” Weber said.

Jonathan Stark had 10 points for Tulane while leading scorer Louis Dabney, who came in averaging 19.9 points, finished with nine on 3-of-10 shooting.

“It was physical out there early,” Tulane coach Ed Conroy said. “We need to find ways to fight through different styles of play so we can execute at a high level. I thought we did get frustrated, not all five guys but one or two at a time. Our communication was poor.”

The Green Wave had a horrendous first half and trailed 28-10 after 20 minutes.

Tulane led 3-0 on a three-pointer by Jay Hook with 17:50 to play. The Green Wave missed their next 12 shots, finally ending the drought on Dabney’s basket down low with 6:23 left that brought them within 19-5.

“You don’t get too frustrated,” Hook said of the first half. “We tried to execute. We didn’t get frustrated but we didn’t execute.”

The Wildcats didn’t exactly tear up the building with their shooting on the way to the 18-point halftime lead. They were 11 of 32 from the field (34.4 percent), including making 6 of 16 three-point attempts, but that looked pretty good next to Tulane’s 13.0 percent (3 of 23) and the Green Wave also missed four of six free throws.

This was Kansas State’s first game in the borough of Brooklyn since the Wildcats’ 60-59 loss to LIU on Dec. 2, 1950.

TULANEMinFGFTRebAPFPT
Drye211-10-01-2102
Bruha152-32-32-5126
Dabney333-103-71-5049
Stark353-92-40-33010
Hook282-63-41-2029
Herbert20-00-00-0000
Reynolds170-40-00-0010
Currie10-00-00-1000
Hearlihy50-10-00-0100
Keenan10-10-00-0000
Thomas240-20-03-6020
Henson161-52-23-4015
Barreno20-00-00-0010
Totals20012-4212-2015-3661341

Percentages: FG .286, FT .600. 3-Point Goals: 5-12, .417 (Stark 2-3, Hook 2-4, Henson 1-2, Reynolds 0-1, Keenan 0-1, Dabney 0-1). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots: 4 (Thomas 4). Turnovers: 16 (Stark 7, Dabney 3, Hook 2, Reynolds, Herbert, Thomas, Hearlihy). Steals: 0 Technical Fouls: None.

KANSAS ST.MinFGFTRebAPFPT
Iwundu273-73-31-3319
Gipson263-70-03-7306
Southwell276-132-32-51119
Foster172-80-00-0036
Spradling231-40-02-4343
Thomas191-40-11-2422
Williams122-40-02-4244
Lawrence51-40-00-2113
N Johnson205-90-02-32313
Schultz30-20-00-0000
Rohleder30-00-01-1000
Meyer11-11-10-0003
D Johnson172-40-04-5014
Totals20027-676-821-41192072

Percentages: FG .403, FT .750. 3-Point Goals: 12-27, .444 (Southwell 5-9, N. Johnson 3-5, Foster 2-6, Lawrence 1-2, Spradling 1-3, Schultz 0-2). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots: 4 (Lawrence, Foster, Gipson, Southwell). Turnovers: 6 (Williams 3, Iwundu, Gipson, Southwell). Steals: 13 (Spradling 3, Thomas 3, Southwell 2, Iwundu 2, N. Johnson 2, Schultz). Technical Fouls: None.

Tulane103141
Kansas St.284472

A—NA. Officials—Joe DeRosa, Steve Olson, Brett Smith.

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