K-State Falls To Drake 80-70 In Season Tipoff


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MANHATTAN, Kan. – Mike McGuirl finished with a game-high 22 points, but K-State came up short in an 80-70 loss to Drake in the opening game of the Little Apple Classic on Wednesday.

After trailed by two at the break, the Cats led by as many as seven in the early stages of the second half. Drake rallied as Tremell Murphy, ShanQuan Hemphill and Garrett Sturtz combined for 37 points and Roman Penn dished out eight assists on the day.

McGuirl finished 8-for-15 from the field overall with three makes from long range. He added six rebounds on the day. DaJuan Gordon added 15 points and five boards, and Nijel Pack added nine points and five assists in his K-State debut.

K-State finished 25-of-56 from the floor. Drake was 29-of-60. The Cats turned it over 14 times, and Drake turned those turnovers into 19 points. Drake held a 42-34 advantage in paint points, while K-State held a 23-11 advantage in second chance points.

The Cats are back in action against Colorado on Friday.

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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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