K-State Holds Off Milwaukee, 76-75


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Courtesy of K-State Athletics

MANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State put five players in double figures and held off a late rally to pick up a 76-75 win over Milwaukee on Friday evening at Bramlage Coliseum. The Cats improved to 2-4 with the win. Milwaukee dropped to 0-1.

Some missed free throws by K-State in the closing minutes allowed Milwaukee to make a late push. The Panthers closed the contest on a 6-0 run, but a steal in the closing seconds by Mike McGuirl finished off the win for the Cats.

K-State, which started three freshmen for the first time in 13 years, led by seven (38-31) at halftime. The visitors jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the opening two minutes, but K-State responded with a 14-0 run of their own. The Cats held Milwaukee without a point for well over six minutes during the run, and Selton Miguel scored five quick points to help K-State get started offensively.

The Cats put a pair of players in double figures in the first 20 minutes. Miguel’s 12 points led the way, while Davion Bradford chipped in with 10 points and five boards. K-State went 15-of-30 from the field and had 16 points in the paint in the opening half. Milwaukee went just 9-for-27 from the field in the half, but four makes from deep kept the Panthers close.

Early in the second half, K-State extended its advantage to eight on multiple occasions. The Cats knocked down four early shots from long range, and Nijel Pack’s back-to-back makes gave the Cats a 52-44 lead with 13:42 left in the contest.

The Panthers didn’t go quietly and rallied to take a 60-59 lead on a made three by Tafari Simms with 7:46 to play. The Cats responded with some big shots down the stretch. McGuirl connected on a pair of key jumpers, and Rudi Williams hit a big shot from deep to put the Cats up 74-67 with just 1:27 remaining.

Bradford’s 18 points led a balanced K-State scoring attack. Miguel finished with 17, and Williams had 16. Pack and McGuirl stuffed the stat sheet. Pack totaled 12 points, six rebounds and five assists. McGuirl scored 11 points to go with a career-high eight assists on the night.

DeAndre Gholston’s 15 points led Milwaukee. Grant Coleman (14), Te’Jon Lucas (11) and Josh Thomas (10) also reached double figures for the Panthers.

K-State returns to action on Tuesday when they open Big 12 play at Iowa State.

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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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