Kansas State blasts USC Upstate to improve to (8-1)

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 24: Barry Brown Jr. #5 of the Kansas State Wildcats signals against the George Washington Colonials during the 2017 Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational basketball tournament at the Orleans Arena on November 24, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Kansas State won 67-59. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) – Kamau Stokes scored 17 points with five 3-pointers and Kansas State cruised past SC Upstate 86-49 on Tuesday night.

Barry Brown scored 15 points with four assists, Dean Wade added 13 points with seven rebounds, and the Wildcats (8-1) made 12 3-pointers and shot 50.8 percent from the floor.

Stokes hit two 3s in Kansas State’s opening 24-2 run and the Wildcats at one point shot 88 percent from the field to the Spartans’ 14 percent.

Kansas State outrebounded the Spartans 35-25 and used their length and strong defensive play to take the Spartans out of their rhythm. The Spartans managed to get their offense going late in the first half but they trailed 43-23 at halftime.

Malik Moore scored 16 points and Carson Smith had 11 for the Spartans (3-8), who shot 36.5 percent from the floor and made just three free throws

BIG PICTURE

In a game that easily could’ve been a trap game for Kansas State, coming off of a close win on the road at Vanderbilt, the Wildcats came out hot while Upstate struggled to get in gear. Kansas State continues to gather momentum despite the caliber of opponent. Games against Tulsa and Washington State will give the Wildcats a healthy test before they open up Big 12 play.

UP NEXT

USC Upstate: USC-Upstate travels to face Denver on Dec. 9.

Kansas State: Kansas State hosts Tulsa in Wichita Dec. 9.

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