Kansas Pulls Away for 74-51 Win Over K-State


Courtesy of K-State Athletics

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas placed four players in double figures and used a big second half to pull away for a 74-51 win over K-State on Tuesday evening in Lawrence.

Kansas (12-6, 6-4 Big 12) opened the game with a 9-0 run and led by as many as 12 in the opening half. The Jayhawks settled for a 33-25 halftime advantage. Kansas scored 18 points in the paint and also scored 11 points off K-State turnovers in the opening 20 minutes. K-State was led by Mike McGuirl’s 10 points in the first half.

The Jayhawks broke things open in the second half, as the K-State offense went cold. The Cats went without a field goal for nearly six minutes in the key stretch. K-State went just 9-for-30 from the field in the final 20 minutes. Kansas used a balanced offensive attack to lead by as many as 26.

David McCormack finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds on 9-of-14 shooting from the field. McCormack was a big factor inside, as he helped Kansas to a 38-18 advantage in points in the paint. Christian Braun also scored 18 with four makes from long range. Ochai Agbaji added 15, while Jalen Wilson chipped in with 10 for the Jayhawks.

McGuirl and Nijel Pack were the only K-State players in double figures with 10 each. Antonio Gordon had a team-best eight rebounds. K-State (5-14, 1-9 Big 12) went 18-of-53 from the field overall and just 5-for-21 from behind the arc.

K-State returns home to host Texas Tech on Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m.

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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