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K-State Edged by Marquette, 64-63

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Courtesy of K-State Athletics

MANHATTAN, Kansas – Oso Ighodaro blocked a shot in the closing seconds as Marquette held off K-State by the score of 64-63 on Wednesday night at Bramlage Coliseum. The Golden Eagles improved to 8-2, while K-State slipped to 5-3.

The teams traded big plays in the final minutes. Marquette took a 64-60 lead with 30 seconds to play with a made three by Kam Jones. Mike McGuirl responded with a three pointer of his own to pull the Cats within a point with 19 seconds to play. K-State got the missed free throw they needed to get the ball back with a chance at the win. Ish Massoud drove baseline but had his shot rejected by Ighodaro to close out the game.

Mark Smith led three players in double figures with a game-high 17. Smith added eight boards on the night. Smith was joined in double figures by Massoud (16) and Markquis Nowell (11). Nowell flirted with a triple-double with 11 assists and eight rebounds.

Jones (15) and Justin Lewis (14) were the only players in double figures for Marquette. The Golden Eagles went 14-for-26 (53.8 percent) from the field in the second half.

Derek Nester
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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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