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Kansas State defeats Washburn 68-56 in exhibition

Kansas State's Jevon Thomas, left, blocks a shot by Washburn's Stephon Drane during the second half of their exhibition game Sunday in Manhattan.
Kansas State's Jevon Thomas, left, blocks a shot by Washburn's Stephon Drane during the second half of their exhibition game Sunday in Manhattan. Associated Press

Before the start of Kansas State’s 68-56 exhibition victory over Washburn on Sunday at Bramlage Coliseum, the Wildcats turned off the lights and showed a new intro video on a new video board.

The clip pumped up the home crowd and the home team as tip-off approached, but the scene didn’t go perfectly. One of the screens on the new video board began to malfunction, showing random pixels in its upper left quadrant, and it continued to malfunction all afternoon.

Perhaps it was a sign of things to come on the court below.

"We had some good moments," K-State coach Bruce Weber said. "We had some moments where we were a little discombobulated."

The Wildcats looked best during their warm up against the Ichabods early, building a 9-0 lead and getting a game-high 17 points from Marcus Foster, but they were never totally in control. Washburn trailed 32-22 at halftime and threatened to make things interesting with a second-half run that cut the score to 37-32 with 13 minutes, 53 seconds remaining.

Weber had to call timeout and regroup his team. The move worked, and Foster led a run that increased the lead to 48-34. But the Wildcats were far from midseason form.

They were also nowhere near full strength. Nino Williams, Malek Harris and Wesley Iwundu all watched from the sideline with minor injuries for precautionary reasons, while D.J. Johnson, who will likely redshirt, wore a walking boot. If that weren’t enough, point guard Nigel Johnson missed stretches with cramps.

Weber said Harris and Iwundu are "day-to-day" and will hopefully play when the season begins Friday against Southern Utah. Williams’ status would be closer to questionable. Weber said his knees may require additional rest.

The injuries forced Justin Edwards, a shooting guard, to play power forward. And it forced others like Stephen Hurt and Jevon Thomas to play harder and longer than they otherwise would have. Edwards, a Maine transfer, scored 14 points. Hurt had 12 points and Thomas had four points, five rebounds and eight assists. Thomas Gipson and Johnson both scored nine points.

"We had to work way harder than we normally do, because we didn’t have all our players," Edwards said. "I would say we were really fatigued."

That didn’t slow the Wildcats on defense, as they held Washburn to 37.7 percent shooting.

That could continue to be their strength moving forward.

"They didn’t have their pieces," Washburn coach Bob Chipman," but just knowing Bruce their defense is going to be the best, maybe in the country. He is going to get them there once they get their pieces back."

Washburn

MIN

FG-A

FT-A

OR-TR

A

F

Pt

North

35

3-8

2-2

1-2

1

2

9

Drane

15

1-3

5-6

3-4

0

3

7

Key

25

2-7

2-2

1-4

3

3

6

House

22

2-5

1-1

1-2

1

1

6

Parker

23

3-8

0-0

0-2

0

0

7

Wilson

6

1-3

0-0

2-3

0

1

2

Fisher

8

0-2

0-1

0-1

0

0

0

Skeens

4

0-0

0-0

0-2

1

0

0

Samuels

21

3-6

2-3

2-3

0

1

8

Ulsaker

15

1-3

0-0

1-4

1

2

2

Wiggins

3

1-2

0-0

0-0

0

0

2

Tucker

3

1-2

0-0

0-0

0

0

2

Lickteig

11

1-2

0-0

0-1

0

0

2

Salach

6

0-0

0-0

0-0

1

0

0

Anderson

3

1-2

0-0

0-0

0

1

3

Totals

200

20-53

12-15

16-34

8

14

56

Percentages: FG .377, FT .800. Three-Point Goals: 4-14, .286 (Anderson 1-1, Parker 1-1, House 1-2, North 1-3, Key 0-1, Wilson 0-1, Fisher 0-1, Ulsaker 0-1, Tucker 0-1, Samuels 0-2). Team Rebounds: 6. Blocked Shots: 1 (Key). Turnovers: 19 (House 4, Parker 3, Samuels 2, Ulsaker 2, Key 2, Drane 2, North 2, Fisher 2). Steals: 8 (Parker 3, Skeens, Samuels, Ulsaker, Key, House).

Kansas St.

MIN

FG-A

FT-A

OR-TR

A

F

Pt

Gipson

31

4-6

1-3

1-3

2

0

9

Thomas

33

2-9

0-0

3-5

8

4

4

Foster

28

6-14

1-2

5-6

4

1

17

Edwards

31

5-10

2-2

1-4

2

3

14

Johnson

25

3-8

1-1

0-2

1

2

9

Harris

22

1-6

0-0

2-4

1

2

3

Hurt

14

5-6

2-2

1-3

0

4

12

Bolden

8

0-0

0-0

1-2

0

3

0

Rohleder

6

0-0

0-0

1-2

1

0

0

Meyer

1

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

Schoen

1

0-0

0-0

0-0

1

0

0

Totals

200

26-59

7-10

17-35

20

19

68

Percentages: FG .441, FT .700. Three-Point Goals: 9-28, .321 (Foster 4-9, Johnson 2-4, Edwards 2-5, Harris 1-5, Hurt 0-1, Thomas 0-4). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots: 5 (Hurt 2, Bolden, Johnson, Gipson). Turnovers: 16 (Foster 5, Hurt 2, Bolden 2, Johnson 2, Thomas 2, Gipson, Edwards, Rohleder). Steals: 8 (Johnson 3, Thomas 2, Bolden, Edwards, Foster).

Washburn

22

34

56

Kansas St.

32

36

68

Att.—12,391.

Officials—Mike Roberts, Pat Boeh, Terry Oglesby.

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