K-State dropped to 12-13, 4-10 in the Big 12, while
The Wildcats led by seven at halftime. However, that lead
was erased by a 20-5
It was the second-straight game that an opponent has shot 64
percent from the field in the second half.
"They got those (baskets) in variety of ways, against man-to-man, against a zone," K-State coach Jim Wooldridge said. "They got into a good rhythm. We couldn't match them on the other end. We didn't have enough offense to match what they were doing and the shooting percentages they accomplished in the second half."
"We had a stretch there where we missed a couple of lay-ups and a couple of free-throws. Had we made those and kept our head above water, so to speak, then I think we have had a game."
"I think it was a big play for us," said Paulding, who scored all of his 17 points in the second half. "We were attacking the back in the second half. We felt like they were really packing in defensively at half court and just wanted to get to the basket and kind of open things up for us. I got a boost of energy and I just wanted to be aggressive and shoot my shots. We had to make shots for the lane to open up and then we could drive."
K-State, led by junior forward Jeremiah Massey with 17
points, did get within three late, but wasn't able to stop the Tigers' from
beyond the arch.
Senior guard Jarrett Hart, who scored 14 for K-State, said practice just hasn't been carrying over into the games and has led to the Wildcats' current three-game losing streak.
"We needed to adjust," he said. "We can't have coach calling timeout after timeout. We just didn't adjust tonight on the floor. The big key again was rebounding. We work on it in practice all the time, but it needs to get to the game. The guards need to come in and help the big guys rebound, and big guys have to be more active too."