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K-State notes: Walk-on Brian Rohleder has big game for Wildcats

Kansas State guard Justin Edwards had two explosive dunks Sunday.
Kansas State guard Justin Edwards had two explosive dunks Sunday. The Wichita Eagle

Brian Rohleder had his finest game in a K-State uniform Sunday, scoring two points, grabbing two rebounds and handing out an assist in 16 minutes.

Coach Bruce Weber surprisingly selected Rohleder, a junior guard from Wichita, as the first player off the bench. He responded by drawing three consecutive charging fouls.

“That is unbelievable,” Weber said.

Weber said Rohleder earned the playing time through hard work in practice. Weber was so pleased by Rohleder’s recent play that he named him a captain for the game. He may continue to play a larger role. Whatever happens, Rohleder says his mind-set won’t change.

“That is my role on the team,” Rohleder said. “I think that is what I bring to practice every day. I just want to bring energy and make sure everyone is ready to go. I just try to make big plays like I did today.”

▪ Junior forwward Stephen Hurt missed Sunday’s game because of a groin injury. He did not play against Bradley either. He is expected to return against Texas A&M.

▪ Wesley Iwundu continued to struggle and failed to score.

▪ K-State will balance finals and practice this week as it prepares for its game against Texas A&M on Saturday at the Sprint Center.

First half

▪ Key play: Nigel Johnson scooped in a circus shot and put K-State on top 30-21.

▪ Key stat: Seldom-used reserve Brian Rohleder drew three charging fouls immediately after entering the game.

Second half

▪ Key play: Justin Edwards hit a three on the opening possession of the second half, setting the tone for a solid stretch of basketball.

▪ Key stat: Savannah State did not hit a three.

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