Cats win in Canada
K-State concludes exhibition tour with 92-64 win over Victoria
Massey paces five Wildcats in double figures with 16 points
VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Kansas State shot an impressive 63.5 percent from the field while using a balanced offensive attack, as the Wildcats concluded their exhibition tour with a 92-64 win over the University of Victoria on Monday afternoon before 100 fans at War Memorial Gym.
Kansas State dominated the statistics across the board, as the Wildcats shot an exhibition tour-best 63.5 percent (40-of-63) from the floor, including 74.1 percent (20-of-27) in the second half. The team controlled the lane, out-rebounding the Vikings, 46-26, while out-scoring the smaller Canadians by 34 points in the paint. K-State also held Victoria to just 31.8 percent (21-of-66) shooting on the day. The team added 21 assists, seven steals and five blocks in cruising to its third win in four games in Vancouver.
Senior forward Jeremiah Massey guided five Wildcats in double figures with a game-high 16 points on 8-of-11 shooting with five rebounds in 19 minutes. Senior forward Justin Williams, junior forward Marques Hayden and sophomore forward Cartier Martin each added 14 points, while freshman guard Curtis Allen turned in 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting with five rebounds, two assists and two blocks. Sophomore forward Tyler Hughes grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds to go with seven points and sophomore guard Fred Peete had a team-best six assists with seven points and five rebounds.
Guard Chris Trumpy led the Victoria attack with a game-high 18 points on 6-of-17 shooting, while forwards Matt Kuzminski and Graeme Bollinger added 14 and 10 points, respectively.
Kansas State scored 10 of the first 15 points of the second half to push their halftime advantage to 57-38 with just 18 minutes to play. Shooting over 70 percent from the field, the Wildcats never let their lead shrink past double digits as the advantage ballooned to as high as 30 points after a lay-up by junior guard Schyler Thomas with 3:27 remaining.
Kansas State slowly broke open a tight game in the first half, as the Wildcats entered the break with a 47-33 advantage. The teams went back and forth in the early going before Kansas State used a 9-3 run to take 22-15 lead with 11:18 to play. The Vikings closed the gap back to three with just under 10 minutes to play before the Wildcats used several small runs to build as much as a 14-point advantage. Massey led a balanced attack in the first half with 10 points, while Hayden added eight points.
Kansas State will return home on Tuesday afternoon where the Wildcats will begin regular practice on Saturday.
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