K-State Falls to Saint Louis in Kansas City


Courtesy of K-State Athletics

Saint Louis held on for a 66-63 win over Kansas State in the Wildcat Classic on Saturday evening in Kansas City. The loss dropped K-State to 6-5 on the year. 

Saint Louis jumped out to a quick 9-0 advantage and led by as many as 11 (18-7) in the early stages, as the Cats struggled to find the range to open the game. K-State weathered the storm, however, and the Cats fought back to send the teams to the halftime break knotted at 31. Eight different players scored for K-State in the opening 20 minutes, and five makes from deep helped get the Cats get back into the game.

The second half went back and forth, but missed opportunities and turnovers proved costly down the stretch. A made free throw gave Saint Louis the 66-63 lead with around 50 seconds remaining. K-State gave the ball away with a turnover, but a Saint Louis miss gave the Cats one final opportunity to force overtime. Xavier Sneed’s attempt was off, and Saint Louis secured the rebound and the win.

Levi Stockard had a career night for K-State. Stockard finished with a game-high 17 points. Sneed was the only other player in double figures with 11, while David Sloan had eight assists on the night. K-State finished with 18 turnovers in the loss.  

Javonte Perkins had 12 points for Saint Louis, who improved to 10-2. 

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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