Sneed’s Career Day Lifts K-State to Win Over Iowa State


Courtesy of K-State Athletics

Xavier Sneed made it a senior day to remember with a career-high 31 points, and K-State closed the regular season with a 79-63 win over Iowa State. 

K-State honored Sneed, Pierson McAtee and Makol Mawien prior to the game. All three seniors got the start, and it didn’t take long for the Cats to take control. 

Sneed had 26 points in the first half to lift the Cats to a 41-23 halftime advantage. The senior was 8-for-11 from the field, 4-for-7 from deep and a perfect 6-for-6 from the line in the opening 20 minutes.

The Cats (10-21, 3-15 Big 12) led by as many as 24 in the contest. K-State shot 29-of-56 from the floor for 51.8 percent. Defensively, the Cats limited Iowa State to 21-of-55 shooting overall. The Cyclones were just 2-for-21 from long range. 

McAtee tied a career best with six points in his first career start. Cartier Diarra and Mike McGuirl joined Sneed in double figures with 14 and 10, respectively. 

Solomon Young led Iowa State with 17. 

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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