Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Dean Wade Scores 34 Points in K-State 91-75 Win at Iowa State

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Dean Wade Scores 34 Points in K-State 91-75 Win at Iowa State

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AMES, Iowa -- Dean Wade has always had star potential; it was just a matter of believing in himself and displaying his talent on a consistent basis.

Wade may have sent a message to the Big 12 that he is ready for a breakout season in his junior year, erupting for a career-high 34 points to lead Kansas State to a 91-75 victory over Iowa State on Friday at Hilton Coliseum.

Wade put up the first 30-point game by a Wildcat since Marcus Foster in 2014, leading K-State (11-2) to its first win at Hilton since 2011 and a crucial road win to open Big 12 play.

With no inside game to speak of due to foul trouble to all the big men, the Wildcats played a lot of small ball and got their offense from 3-point shooting, some transition and penetration into the paint.

Wade did it all. The 6-foot-10 forward took the ball inside, hit mid-range jumpers and moved out behind the 3-point line to knock down 13 of 16 shots, going 6 of 8 on 3-pointers with eight rebounds.

K-State's junior backcourt tandem also had strong performances. Kamau Stokes scored 23 points with seven assists and Barry Brown scored 21 points.

K-State trailed by six points five minutes into the game and the Wildcats found themselves in early foul trouble with Makol Mawien and Xavier Sneed picking up two each by the 13:28 mark. Levi Stockard had three first-half fouls and Mawdo Sallah played only two minutes, forcing coach Bruce Weber to go with a small lineup.

The Cyclones (9-3, 0-1) continued to push the ball inside to draw fouls, but the Wildcats began firing away from long range and a shoot-out ensued. The Wildcats made six 3-pointers in a 41/2-minute span for a 39-39 tie with five minutes left in the half, and a driving layup by Brown with two seconds remaining gave K-State a 53-50 halftime lead.

The Wildcats made 9 of 18 treys in the first half with four apiece from Stokes and Wade, who scored 21 and 18 points, respectively. The Cyclones shot 68 percent from the field, 17 of 25, and made 12 of 18 free throws. …

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