Kansas State University

Jevon Thomas’ stock on the rise for K-State

Updated: 2014-01-01T00:33:38Z

First half

•  Key play: Shane Southwell hit a driving layup to spark a 20-0 run with George Washington leading 15-6.

•  Key stat: George Washington scored the same amount of points (15) in the final 16 minutes as it had in the opening four.

Second half

•  Key play: Marcus Foster opened the second half with a driving layup to keep K-State’s momentum going.

•  Key stat: George Washington made one of nine three-pointers.

On the rise

Jevon Thomas was asked this week how long it would take him until he felt fully acclimated to K-State’s offense after spending the first semester away from the team because of NCAA eligibility concerns.

His answer: Saturday.

Though that timetable seems a bit on the quick side, it might be doable. He played well on defense and recorded six assists against George Washington — all without committing a turnover. He is already making an impact.

“He is only going to get better and better,” Weber said. “That was with five days of practice. He doesn’t even know half the things we are doing.”

He needs to shoot better, though. Thomas missed all four of his shots Tuesday and failed to convert two free throws.

• Weber has described Nino Williams and Omari Lawrence as “X-Factors.” On Tuesday, both reserves played up to the label. On one play, they teamed up to give K-State an early lead, with Lawrence passing the ball to Williams for an and-one layup. Williams scored nine points, while Lawrence added five.

• K-State will get the benefit of playing the conference opener Saturday without Oklahoma State forward Michael Cobbins being available. Cobbins tore an Achilles tendon in the Cowboys’ last game and will undergo season-ending surgery. Cobbins was a starter who averaged 4.5 points and 4.3 rebounds.

| Kellis Robinett, krobinett@kcstar.com

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