K-State cruises past Western Illinois to begin season

Kansas State's Xavier Sneed (20) blocks a shot by Western Illinois' Jabari Sandifer (1) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, in Manhattan, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) – Barry Brown had 11 of his 18 points in the first half, and Kansas State opened the season with an 82-55 win over Western Illinois on Friday night.

After a slow start by both teams, Brown’s offense got the Wildcats going first and they relinquished the lead only once in the first half. At one point in the first half, Brown had as many points as Western Illinois with at 11 apiece.

Xavier Sneed and Wesley Iwundu added 17 points each for Kansas State while Garret Covington was the high man for Western Illinois with 17 points as well.

Despite struggling from the field for a majority of the contest, the Wildcats led by no less than eight in the second half. Kamau Stokes chipped in 11.

Western Illinois struggled to be consistent from the field shooting 36.5 percent for the ballgame.

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