Kansas State lost for the second time during its summer exhibition basketball tour of Europe on Tuesday.
The Wildcats fell 85-74 to the Kosovo National Team in Costa Masnaga, Italy, dropping their record to 2-2 for the trip.
Kosovo scored the first 11 points and led 23-9 at the end of the first quarter. K-State was never able to catch up.
“Obviously, we were disappointed with the start of the game,” Wildcats coach Bruce Weber said. “You can’t spot a veteran and skilled team with a double-digit lead and then be in scramble mode the rest of the way. We did make several runs to cut into the lead, but either we made a poor decision or they made a big play to keep us at bay.”
Sophomore guard Kamau Stokes led K-State with a game-high 20 points on 7 of 17 shooting, including four three-pointers. Senior forward D.J. Johnson had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman wing Xavier Sneed scored 12 points for his fourth double-digit effort of the trip.
“Overall, we need to get better consistent play from all of our players so we can continue to make the progress as a team,” Weber said. “The most important thing is what we will learn from this game. Ball movement and decision-making were the difference in the game. Hopefully, we now understand that is what we need to execute when we return home for practice in October.”
K-State will close out its trip Thursday against BBC Lausanne in Lausanne, Switzerland.