Kansas State University

March 8, 2014

Wildcat report (March 8)

Kansas State honored its four seniors – Will Spradling, Shane Southwell, Omari Lawrence and walkon Ryan Schultz – in a pregame ceremony and throughout the game with video tributes. They produced ovation after ovation. But they didn’t play well enough to go out with a victory. All four seniors struggled, as they combined for 11 points. Spradling did the most, adding eight assists to three points. But he lost four turnovers and missed all six of his shots. Southwell only played 19 minutes.

Saturday’s box score

Baylor 76, Kansas St. 74

BAYLOR Min FG FT Reb A PF PT
O’Neale 31 0-1 4-4 2-4 3 2 4
Austin 25 4-8 0-0 3-5 0 3 9
Jefferson 33 6-11 3-8 0-2 0 4 16
Chery 36 8-13 13-14 0-6 6 3 29
Heslip 33 3-8 0-0 0-2 0 2 9
Gathers 21 2-3 1-2 1-3 0 4 5
Franklin 11 1-4 2-2 0-0 2 0 4
Prince 10 0-0 0-2 1-2 0 2 0
Totals 200 24-48 23-32 8-26 11 20 76

Percentages: FG .500, FT .719. 3-Point Goals: 5-15, .333 (Heslip 3-8, Austin 1-1, Jefferson 1-2, Chery 0-2, Franklin 0-2). Team Rebounds: 2. Blocked Shots: 5 (Jefferson 2, Austin 2, Gathers). Turnovers: 10 (Chery 5, O’Neale 2, Austin, Franklin). Steals: 5 (Chery 3, Jefferson, Franklin). Technical Fouls: Prince, Bench.

KANSAS ST. Min FG FT Reb A PF PT
Williams 24 7-10 1-2 8-10 0 4 15
Iwundu 25 0-3 1-4 1-4 3 2 1
Gipson 26 5-9 6-6 2-7 0 4 16
Foster 30 9-16 4-4 1-4 0 3 29
Spradling 36 0-6 3-4 0-1 8 1 3
Southwell 19 2-6 1-3 0-0 4 2 5
Thomas 8 0-0 0-0 0-2 0 4 0
Lawrence 12 0-1 3-4 0-1 0 1 3
N Johnson 6 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 1 0
D Johnson 14 1-5 0-0 1-3 0 4 2
Totals 200 24-56 19-27 14-33 16 26 74

Percentages: FG .429, FT .704. 3-Point Goals: 7-18, .389 (Foster 7-11, Southwell 0-1, Spradling 0-6). Team Rebounds: 1. Blocked Shots: 1 (Foster). Turnovers: 11 (Spradling 4, Williams 2, Thomas 2, Foster, D. Johnson, Gipson). Steals: 6 (Spradling 3, Thomas, Lawrence, Williams). Technical Fouls: Southwell.

Baylor 25 51 76
Kansas St. 33 41 74

A—12,528. Officials—Rick Hartzell, Duke Edsall, Jeb Hartness.

Forgettable senior day

Kansas State honored its four seniors – Will Spradling, Shane Southwell, Omari Lawrence and walkon Ryan Schultz – in a pregame ceremony and throughout the game with video tributes. They produced ovation after ovation. But they didn’t play well enough to go out with a victory. All four seniors struggled, as they combined for 11 points. Spradling did the most, adding eight assists to three points. But he lost four turnovers and missed all six of his shots. Southwell only played 19 minutes.

“They are good guys who maybe put a little too much pressure on themselves,” Weber said. “Will had some open looks. He had a couple tough ones too. He never really got going. Shane, since his injury, has struggled a little bit.”

None of the seniors spoke with media afterward. But Gipson said they urged the team to bounce back for a special postseason.

“Shane said in the locker room, ‘This isn’t our last game,’ ” junior forward Thomas Gipson said. “He told everybody to keep their heads up, because we are going to win the Big 12 (Tournament). That’s our goal. This is a tough loss, but we have to bounce back.”

Foster goes off

Foster finished the regular season with a bang, scoring 29 points and keeping K-State in the game with several late three-pointers. It was his second-highest scoring total of the year, behind a 34-point effort against Texas.

Baylor coach Scott Drew was complimentary of Foster afterward.

“A pro,” Drew said. “He’s that good.”

Worth noting

K-State’s only other home loss came in the first game of the season against Northern Colorado. It went 15-2 at Bramlage Coliseum. Nino Williams seems to play his best against Baylor. He had 20 points in the first meeting. K-State allowed 70 points for the fourth time.

Kellis Robinett

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