K-State defeats South Dakota 93-72 after slow start

South Dakota's Dan Jech, left, and Kansas State's Wesley Iwundu chase a loose ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Friday, Nov. 20, 2015, in Manhattan, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Barry Brown scored 18 points, three teammates finished in double figures, and Kansas State rallied to beat South Dakota 93-72 on Friday night.

Stephen Hurt, Dean Wade and Justin Edwards each scored 15 to give Kansas State its first 3-0 start since 2012-13.

South Dakota (1-3) led 42-39 at halftime, the first time this season the Wildcats were down at the break.

Amid a 13-4 second-half run, Kansas State grabbed its first lead since the 14:07 mark in the opening half on a pair of free throws by Edwards to make it 51-49 with 15:36 left. The run stretched to 23-9 and the Wildcats led 68-56, more than enough distance to control the final nine minutes.

The Coyotes hit 16 of 30 shots, including four 3-pointers, and led by as much as eight in the opening half. Shy McClelland had his way with the Wildcats’ defense, driving to the rim on multiple occasions to score 14 points. He also had five rebounds and dished out three assists.

Brown scored 13 of his 18 points in the second half and Kansas State was able to cool off McClelland, holding the Coyotes to 34 percent from the field in the final 20 minutes on 12-of-35 shooting.

McClelland scored 20 points for South Dakota (1-3) and Dan Jech added 13.

TIP-INS

Kansas State: The Wildcats rallied from an 11-point deficit to beat South Dakota 64-62 on Dec. 10, 2013. . Former KansasState guard Rolando Blackman was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday.

South Dakota: The Coyotes lost 54 percent of its scoring and 46 percent of its rebounding from last season, where they finished 17-16 in coach Craig Smith’s first season. . South Dakota is playing 11 of its 14 nonconference games on the road.

UP NEXT

Kansas State: In Kansas City, Mo, on Monday against Missouri for CBE Hall of Fame Classic championship round.

South Dakota: Home on Tuesday against South Dakota Miners.

 

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