Big Second Half Lifts Colorado Over K-State, 76-58


Courtesy of K-State Athletics

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Colorado used a big second half and 24 points from McKinley Wright to secure a 76-58 win over K-State in the final game of the Little Apple Classic on Friday evening. Colorado moved to 2-0 with the win. The Cats fell to 0-2.

K-State led by as many as 13 in the first half and took a slim 31-30 lead to the break. Nine different players scored for the Cats in the half. K-State went 12-of-22 from the field with six makes from deep in the first half. Both teams struggled with turnovers in the opening 20 minutes, however, with a combined 23 giveaways.

The visitors went 16-for-29 from the field in the second half to pull away. Wright finished 10-of-16 from the floor and added five rebounds and five assists. Maddox Daniels was the only other Colorado player in double figures with 10. Colorado did damage at the foul line, sinking 18 of their 21 attempts on the evening. Colorado also held a 34-18 advantage in paint points and turned 17 K-State turnovers into 21 points.

K-State was led by Nijel Pack’s 12 points. Mike McGuirl, Antonio Gordon and Kaosi Ezeagu each added eight, while McGuirl dished out five assists.

The Cats are back in action on Monday night when they host Kansas City.

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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