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Kansas Pulls Away for 59-41 Win Over K-State

Courtesy of K-State Athletics

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas used a strong second half to pull away for a 59-41 victory over K-State on Wednesday evening at Bramlage Coliseum.

The first half was a defensive battle, as the teams combined for 1-for-19 shooting from behind the arc. K-State (5-18, 1-13 Big 12) kept it close behind 10 points off the bench from DaJuan Gordon. Gordon had five of K-State’s eight made field goals in the opening 20 minutes. The Jayhawks (16-7, 10-5 Big 12) closed the half with an 8-2 burst to take a 26-17 halftime lead.

K-State trailed by just four (30-26) with 14 minutes remaining, but Kansas used a key 14-3 run to create some separation. A Christian Braun layup gave the Jayhawks a 44-29 lead with 9:26 remaining, and the visitors pulled away from there. Kansas led by as many as 24 down the stretch.

After a tough first half, Kansas shot 50 percent from the field in the second half. Marcus Garrett scored 14 for the Jayhawks. Jalen Wilson added 11. Kansas capitalized on K-State mistakes throughout the evening, scoring 29 points off of 18 Wildcat turnovers.

Gordon was the only K-State player in double figures with 12. Nijel Pack added six points, five assists and four rebounds. Antonio Gordon had six points and seven rebounds.

K-State travels to TCU on Saturday.

Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
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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