K-State Uses Big Second Half to Pull Away from Monmouth, 73-54


Courtesy of K-State Athletics

K-State used a 23-5 run to open the second half and pulled away for a 73-54 win over Monmouth on Wednesday evening. Senior forward Xavier Sneed led all Wildcats with 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting. 

After a slow start in the opening 20 minutes, the Wildcats hit 18-of-28 from the field (64.3 percent) in the second half while limiting Monmouth to 26.9 percent shooting in the final 20 minutes. Defensively, K-State forced the visiting Hawks into 25 turnovers and tied for third in program history with 17 steals. It was the second straight game of 25 forced turnovers for the Wildcats. 

Makol Mawien had 11 points and a team-best nine boards. Cartier Diarra chipped in with eight points to go with career-bests of seven assists and four steals. Sneed also matched a career best with five steals in the win. 

Ray Salnave scored a game-high 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting for Monmouth. 

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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