Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Cold-Shooting K-State Falls 61-54 to Tulsa

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Cold-Shooting K-State Falls 61-54 to Tulsa

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WICHITA -- This was a game that will not go into Kansas State's offensive highlight reel.

The Wildcats never developed a flow and coudn't connect on 3-pointers despite many, many attempts. A 4-for-31 showing behind the arc will get a team beat, and that was K-State's downfall in a 61-54 loss to Tulsa on Saturday at Intrust Bank Arena.

"The first half we ran the offense and got good shots and we just missed them," K-State coach Bruce Weber said. "The second half, we probably panicked a little bit and forced some actions and got a little uncharacteristic."

With Tulsa in a zone defense much of the game, Kamau Stokes, Barry Brown and Dean Wade were a combined 2 of 19 behind the arc for the Wildcats (8-2), who shot 32 percent overall (18 of 56).

"They did a good job keeping a couple of people on Dean," Stokes said. "We had a lot of good looks, especially in the middle of the zone, and just didn't make shots.

"It was just a bad shooting night. Everybody goes through it, every team goes through it, and tonight was our night."

Wade did score 13 points with six rebounds while Xavier Sneed turned in a strong performance with 15 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals.

Tulsa (5-4) didn't exactly light it up, shooting 40 percent and going 8 of 22 on 3-pointers but got a big trey from freshman guard Elijah Joiner with just over three minutes to break a tie and stay on top.

"I thought our guys played with great toughness," Tulsa coach Frank Haith said. "We made some big shots down the stretch, but I thought our defense was outstanding all night."

The Golden Hurricane, who lost starting guard DaQuan Jeffries earlier in the week with a hand injury, switched between a 3-2 and 2-3 zone with some man-to-man mixed in.

"One of the zones we just put in two days ago when DaQuan went down," Haith said. "I thought we kept them off-balance by changing our zones. Regardless of what you run, you have to guard the ball and I thought we did a good job keeping them out of the paint and making them shoot contested jump shots."

K-State spent much of the first half launching 3-pointers over the Tulsa zone and failing to connect. The Wildcats were 3 of 17 behind the arc in a 38-percent overall shooting half (11 of 29) but still led 30-27. …

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