March 29, 2023

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Environment friendly capturing leads Okay-State previous Montana State in Spherical of 64

Senior guard Markquis Nowell prepares to excessive 5 his teammate throughout participant intros. KSU defeated OSU 65-57 on Jan. 10 at Bramlage Colosseum. (Archive picture by Reece Bachta | Collegian Media Group)

Taking part in their first March Insanity recreation in over 1450 days, the No. 3 seeded Kansas State Wildcats opened up the NCAA Event with a 77-65 victory over No. 14 seed Montana State Bobcats.

The trio of ahead Keyontae Johnson, guard Markquis Nowell and ahead Nae’Qwan Tomlin led the Wildcats offensively of their victory on Friday evening. Nowell specifically was lights out on the scoreboard, having a double-double, scoring 17 factors whereas recording 14 assists.

Johnson led the scoring for Okay-State with 18 factors on eight of 15 subject objective capturing and Tomlin scored 13 factors because the Wildcats shot 58% from the sphere.

Even with the victory and being favored getting into the competition, the Wildcats did face adversity because the Bobcats fought exhausting all through the competition. Specifically, junior RaeQuan Battle was a pressure to be reckoned with as he dropped a contest-high 27 factors.

Nonetheless, Okay-State’s environment friendly subject objective capturing and sixteen turnovers compelled on protection handed the Wildcats its first match victory for the reason that workforce beat its subsequent opponent in Kentucky on March 21, 2018. 

The victory was additionally the primary ever NCAA Event victory for head coach Jerome Tang, who witnessed a fair proportion of these throughout his time as an assistant coach at Baylor.

The Wildcats now advance to the second spherical of the match in opposition to the Kentucky Wildcats on Sunday from Greensboro, North Carolina. The sport time is but to be introduced.

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