MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Wesley Iwundu scored 14 of his 23 points in the second half and finished with 10 rebounds, and Justin Edwards added 17 points to help Kansas State beat Maryland-Eastern Shore 80-53 Friday night in the season opener for both schools.
Barry Brown had 17 points for the Wildcats, who held UMES to 30 percent shooting and Kansas State overcame poor shooting from beyond the arc (5 of 23).
A 3-point play by Bakari Copeland pulled the Hawks within 19-15 midway through the first half, but they made just one of their next nine field goals attempts and committed five turnovers over the next nine-plus minutes and went into the half trailing 35-21.
Devin Martin’s jumper with 7:59 left cut the UMES deficit to 57-45 before Kansas State used a 23-5 run, including three 3-pointers by Brown, sealed it.
Martin led UMES with 18 points while Copeland scored 14 and grabbed eight rebounds.
Kansas State: The Wildcats are 22-2 in season openers at Bramlage Coliseum. . Friday’s matchup was the first of two opening games of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic. Kansas State will feature in the championship round of the tournament on Nov. 23-24 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. . Coach Bruce Weber announced the signing of four-star high school recruit Xavier Sneed on Wednesday.
UMES: The Hawks won 18 games last season, more than the three previous seasons combined (15) and the most in a single campaign since 1973-74 (27). UMES returns two starters and five other lettermen from that squad. .
Kansas State: Home against Columbia on Monda