Tuesday’s box score
K-State 72, G. Washington 55
Percentages: FG .340, FT .600. 3-Point Goals: 3-15, .200 (Creek 3-10, Armwood 0-1, White 0-1, Savage 0-1, Mikic 0-2). Team Rebounds: 1. Blocked Shots: 3 (Armwood, Garino, Creek). Turnovers: 14 (McDonald 8, Maragkos 2, Larsen 2, Armwood). Steals: 9 (Garino 3, Savage 2, Armwood 2, Kopriva, McDonald). Technical Fouls: Bench.
Percentages: FG .483, FT .476. 3-Point Goals: 6-18, .333 (Southwell 3-6, Lawrence 1-2, Foster 1-3, Spradling 1-5, N. Johnson 0-1, Thomas 0-1). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots: 3 (Southwell 3). Turnovers: 13 (Southwell 6, Gipson 3, Iwundu, N. Johnson, Lawrence, Spradling). Steals: 10 (Southwell 3, Spradling 3, Iwundu 2, D. Johnson, Gipson). Technical Fouls: Iwundu.
A—12,532. Officials—Kelly Self, David Hall, Jon Stigliano.
On the rise
Earlier this week, Jevon Thomas was asked how long it would take him until he felt fully acclimated to K-State’s offense after spending the first semester away from the team due to NCAA eligibility concerns.
His answer: Saturday.
Though that timetable seems a bit on the quick side, it might be doable. He played well on defense and recorded six assists against George Washington — all without committing a turnover. He is already making an impact.
“He is only going to get better and better,” Weber said. “That was with five days of practice. He doesn’t even know half the things we are doing.”
His next step is obvious, though. He needs to shoot better. Thomas missed all four his shots on Tuesday and failed to convert two free throws.
Weber has described Nino Williams and Omari Lawrence as “X-Factors.” On Tuesday, both reserves played up to the label. On one play, they teamed up to give K-State an early lead, with Lawrence passing the ball to Williams for an and-one layup. Williams scored nine points, while Lawrence added five.
Kansas State will have the benefit of playing Oklahoma State without forward Michael Cobbins in the conference opener for both teams on Saturday. Cobbins tore an Achilles tendon in the Cowboys’ last game and will undergo season-ending surgery, coach Travis Ford announced. Cobbins was a starter who averaged 4.5 points and 4.3 rebounds.