Justin Edwards, on Saturday against Oklahoma State, played arguably his finest game in a Kansas State uniform.
Edwards, a Maine transfer, came off the bench and filled up the stat sheet with 14 points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals. Along with 20 points from Nino Williams and 14 points from Marcus Foster, the Wildcats had a nice trio on offense, especially in the second half when Edwards was getting things done.
“Justin kind of took over,” K-State coach Bruce Weber said, “and made a couple big plays that helped us maintain the lead and maybe even expand it.”
Edwards made two three pointers, the only ones K-State had in the game, and also drove to the basket for some easy buckets.
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“It’s just playing my game more and helping Marcus get a break and helping Wesley (Iwundu) get a break,” Edwards said. “I’m coming in and just producing without letting the lead slide down.”
Edwards has not lived up to the high expectations that surrounded him in the preseason, but this was a step in the right direction.
“I thought I was pressing too much,” Edwards said. “I just try to relax now and let the game come to me. I have been focusing on defense lately, which has been helping me on offense. That is a key thing for me.”
No one was happier about beating Oklahoma State than Mrcus Foster. The sophomore guard went scoreless in a loss at Oklahoma State earlier this month, but he bounced back with 14 points and five assists in the rematch.
“My revenge was all about getting the win,” Foster said.
▪ Key Play: Nino Williams opened the game by hitting a baseline jumper. It was a sign of things to come.
▪ Key Stat: Williams made all six of his shots on the way to 12 points.
▪ Key Play: Thomas Gipson threw down a dunk to put K-State ahead 58-47.
▪ Key Stat: Oklahoma State made two of seven three-pointers.