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Wildcat report Wildcat report (Feb. 15)

  • Published Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at 11:41 p.m.
  • Updated Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, at 12:23 a.m.

Saturday’s box score

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Percentages: FG .384, FT .619. 3-Point Goals: 4-18, .222 (Foster 3-8, Spradling 1-7, N. Johnson 0-1, Lawrence 0-1, Schultz 0-1). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots: 0. Turnovers: 13 (Gipson 3, Foster 3, Iwundu 2, Spradling, Thomas, N. Johnson, Williams, Lawrence). Steals: 8 (Lawrence 3, Thomas, Gipson, D. Johnson, Williams, Spradling). Technical Fouls: None.


Percentages: FG .429, FT .677. 3-Point Goals: 6-25, .240 (Chery 2-6, O’Neale 1-2, Prince 1-2, Austin 1-2, Heslip 1-8, Jefferson 0-1, Wainright 0-1, Franklin 0-3). Team Rebounds: 6. Blocked Shots: 10 (Austin 9, Gathers). Turnovers: 17 (Chery 5, Austin 5, Prince 3, Jefferson 2, Franklin, O’Neale). Steals: 5 (Chery 3, Jefferson, Prince). Technical Fouls: None.

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A—7,556. Officials—Tom O’Neill, Steve Olson, Bert Smith.

Career day for Williams

Junior forward Nino Williams played one of his best games, scoring a career-high 20 points and grabbing eight rebounds.

Williams earned his first start since the season-opener, and he took advantage of the extra playing time by finding space in Baylor’s zone for baseline jumpers and layups.

“I cut the zone a little bit,” Williams said. “Coach said if I roam the baseline and roam in the middle I will get open shots. My teammates passed me the ball and I happened to make open shots.”

Bruce Weber was impressed.

“Nino has been great,” Weber said. “He has got savvy, knowing how to roam.… Hopefully he continues to give us that kind of effort, because it is contagious.”

Southwell sits

Senior guard Shane Southwell wasn’t in uniform and watched the game from the bench. He is fighting an injury to his left ankle. He was considered a game-time decision, but didn’t warm up with K-State and emerged from the locker room moments before tipoff in a walking boot.

That forced the Wildcats to change the starting lineup they had used in 19 straight games, opting to start Williams in Southwell’s place. Weber said K-State would have benefited with Southwell on the court.

Weber said he didn’t know if he would be able to play when K-State faces TCU on Wednesday.

“”We will see what happens,” Weber said. “It would be nice to have him for a couple minutes on Wednesday. We definitely need him Saturday and Tuesday next week on the road.”

Phantom foul?

One of the most bizarre moments of the game came at the end of the first half. Baylor was trying to score in the final seconds, when an official appeared to blow an inadvertent whistle with three seconds on the clock. But play continued and Thomas Gipson fouled Cory Jefferson going up for a layup.

Weber argued that the foul shouldn’t have counted because the play was dead, but the officials disagreed after a long meeting. Jefferson made one of two free throws. It turned out to be an important point.

“There was a whistle and they said he got a foul there,” Weber said. “But there was a whistle and everyone heard it.”

Worth noting

Kenny Chery is the first Baylor player to record a triple-double in a Big 12 game and the first Baylor player to record one in any game since 2010. … Freshman point guard Jevon Thomas saw significant playing time for the first time in two weeks, logging five assists and one point in 19 minutes. … D.J. Johnson continued his run of strong play, scoring eight points off the bench. … K-State held Baylor to 26.7 percent shooting in the first half.

Kellis Robinett

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