It was a career night for junior forward Luis Colon as Kansas State (6-3) snapped a three-game losing streak with a 74-55 victory Thursday against Southern Mississippi (4-4) at the Sprint Center.
Colon, the 6-foot-10 junior forward, has always been a fan favorite for little more than his name and his rugged playing style. But against the Golden Eagles, he drew cheers for how he scored and rebounded.
He led the Wildcats in both categories, racking up career highs of 12 points and nine rebounds by halftime, when K-State led, 41-26. He finished with a game-best 18 points and 11 rebounds.
Both teams scored in flurries in the first half. The Wildcats jumped out to an 11-2 lead, but then Southern Mississippi answered with an 11-2 run of its own to tie the game. K-State then rattled off a 13-0 spurt, but the Golden Eagles responded with a 12-0 spurt. Finally, the Wildcats pulled away, closing the first half with a 15-1 run.
Southern Mississippi closed the lead to 10 with 11 minutes left in regulation, but the Golden Eagles couldn't get any closer.
K-State held the visitors to a field-goal percentage of 31.9. The Wildcats out-rebounded Southern Mississippi, 40-29.
The Wildcats are in action again Sunday at Bramlage Coliseum against Gardner-Webb. Tip-off is 6 p.m.