Late Run Lifts K-State Over Wichita State, 65-59


Courtesy of K-State Athletics

WICHITA, Kansas – A key 8-0 burst in the closing minutes helped K-State to a 65-59 win over Wichita State on Sunday evening. K-State improved to 5-2 on the season, while the Shockers dropped to 6-2.

With the game tied at 54 with two minutes remaining, Markquis Nowell scored five in a row for the Cats during the key 8-0 run. Wichita State got no closer than four the rest of the way. Nowell scored 11 of his team-best 16 points in the second half, including a perfect 6-for-6 at the foul line. The transfer guard also added a game-high eight rebounds. Kaosi Ezeagu added 14 points and six boards. Selton Miguel (12) and Mike McGuirl (10) also reached double figures.

K-State, who was without leading scorer Nijel Pack, won despite shooting just 21-for-62 (33.9 percent) from the field. The Cats trailed by 12 in the early stages of the game but took a 32-30 advantage to halftime.

K-State took good care of the basketball with just seven turnovers on the day. Defensively, the Cats turned 14 Wichita State turnovers into 15 points. K-State had seven steals in the win, led by Mark Smith’s three.

Wichita State was led by Morris Udeze’s 19 points. Tyson Etienne added 11 for the Shockers. Wichita State was 19-for-54 (35.2 percent) from the field overall and 5-for-23 (21.7 percent) from long range.

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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