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Kansas State notes: Wildcats on fire from the field in the first half

Wesley Iwundu provided K-State’s highlight in the second half with this driving dunk against Texas A&M at the Sprint Center.
Wesley Iwundu provided K-State’s highlight in the second half with this driving dunk against Texas A&M at the Sprint Center. The Kansas City Star

Kansas State came close to setting a program record by making 82 percent of its shots in the first half of Saturday’s 71-64 victory over Texas A&M at the Sprint Center.

The Wildcats’ best shooting percentage for a half is 85.7 percent. They accomplished that feat in 1982. K-State barely missed that mark by making 14 of 17 shots Saturday against Texas A&M in the opening 20 minutes. It went down as the team’s third best shooting half of all time and the best in any game since 1994.

K-State’s previous best shooting half of the season came against Savannah State, when it shot 70 percent in the second half.

▪ Kansas State is off until Dec. 28, when it is host to Texas Southern at Bramlage Coliseum. Though the Wildcats likely scheduled Texas Southern, 2-8, expecting an overmatched opponent to ease back into things after Christmas, the game could be a legitimate challenge.

Texas Southern beat No. 25 Michigan State on the road Saturday in overtime 71-64.

▪ K-State senior forward Thomas Gipson fell one point shy of a milestone moment against Texas A&M. By scoring 14 points, he upped his career scoring total to 999 points.

▪ K-State junior forward Stephen Hurt missed his third straight game because of a groin injury. Coach Bruce Weber had previously said he expected Hurt to play against Texas A&M, and even let him warm up. But Hurt told his coach he was unable to play. With rest this week, Weber is hopeful Hurt can return against Texas Southern.

First half

Key play: Nino Williams fought through a foul to make a layup, and then drained the free throw to give K-State a 19-11 lead.

Key stat: Marcus Foster took and made his first shot with 6:14 remaining in the half.

Second half

Key play: Foster made a three that put K-State ahead 48-36 early in the second half.

Key stat: K-State made 10 of 19 shots from the free-throw line.

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