K-State falls in overtime to British Columbia
K-State falls in overtime to British Columbia, 89-84
Peete and Massey combine for 48 points in overtime loss.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia – British Columbia went a perfect 4-of-4 from the field and connected on 11-of-13 free throws in the overtime period, as the Thunderbirds earned an 89-84 exhibition victory over Kansas State (2-1) on Sunday evening before 500 fans at War Memorial Gym.
The statistics were nearly as even as the game, as British Columbia out-shot Kansas State, 47.2 to 47.1 percent, while the Wildcats held slight advantages in both rebounds (32-31) and steals (12-11). The game was mared by personal fouls and turnovers with the teams combining for 54 fouls and 49 turnovers. The Thunderbirds went 31-of-38 (81.6 percent) from the free throw line, while the Wildcats connected on 15-of-22 (68.2 percent) shots from the charity stripe.
Playing its second game in less than seven hours, Kansas State got impressive efforts from sophomore guard Fred Peete and senior forward Jeremiah Massey, who combined for 48 points in the loss. Peete, who played just nine minutes in the win over Langara College, scored a team-high 26 points on 11-of-24 shooting with three steals, one assist and one blocks in playing all 45 minutes in the contest. Massey, who did not play against Langara, tallied 22 points on 8-of-12 field goals with seven rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 37 minutes.
Freshman guard Clent Stewart was also a bright spot for the Wildcats, as he collected an exhibition season-best 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting to go with three assists, two steals and one block in 36 minutes. Sophomore forward Cartier Martin chipped in 10 points and a team-best eight rebounds. Sophomore forward Tyler Hughes added nine points on 3-of-3 shooting with five rebounds, three steals and one block before fouling out four minutes left in overtime.
Junior guard Casey Archibald paced five British Columbia players in double figures with 26 points on 7-of-17 shooting, including 5-of-13 from 3-point range. Senior forward Mark Tasic tallied 13 points, while senior Corey Ogilvie and junior forward Ryder McKeown added 11 points each.
Kansas State led briefly in overtime on a jumper by Peete, however, British Columbia scored eight consecutive points, capped by a 3-point basket by Archibald, to take a commanding 77-71 lead with 3:15 remaining. The Wildcats closed to within 77-75 on a pair of free throws by Martin, but the T-Birds got four straight points from McKeown to again push the lead to six points. K-State would get no closer than three points the rest of the way.
Kansas State pushed their halftime advantage to 43-36 on a lay-up by Peete with just under 18 minutes to play. However, UBC used a 14-1 run over the next five minutes to take a 50-44 lead. The Thunderbirds maintained their advantage until the Wildcats used a 9-0 run, capped by a 3-pointer by Stewart at the 8:14 mark, to take a 59-53 lead. UBC responded once again with six straight to knot the game at 59 with 6:38 left. The game then went back and forth over the next few minutes with neither team holding more than a two-point lead. The Wildcats led 69-67 after a free throw by Massey with 56 seconds remaining, but the T-Birds tied it at 69 on a lay-up by Archibald with seven seconds.
Kansas State never trailed in the first half, as the Wildcats entered the break with a 35-33 at the break. The team built its largest lead at 29-18 after a 3-point basket by Stewart with 5:48 to play. However, the Thunderbirds cut the lead to 31-28 on back-to-back 3-pointers by Archibald with less than four minutes to go. The Wildcats pushed their advantage back to five points on a lay-up by Hughes with 1:38 to play, but junior guard Jason Birring answered with a big 3-pointer to cut the deficit to two points at halftime.
Kansas State concludes its exhibition tour on Monday afternoon when the Wildcats play the University of Victoria at War Memorial Gym beginning at 3 p.m. (5 p.m. Central).
Kansas State started freshman Clent Stewart and sophomores Fred Peete and Cartier Martin in the backcourt and senior Jeremiah Massey and junior Marques Hayden in the frontcourt... Four Wildcats played more than 35 minutes in the game led by Peete's game-high 45... Martin and Massey each played 37 minutes, while Stewart played 36... K-State's newcomers accounted for 40 of the team's 84 points, as Peete scored 26 points to go with Stewart's 14.
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