K-State Men Rout Tulane in Brooklyn

NEW YORK (AP) Shane Southwell matched his career high with 19 points and Kansas State won its seventh straight, cruising past Tulane 72-41 on Saturday night in the Brooklyn Hoops Winter Festival at Barclays Center.

K-State's Jevon Thomas (5) and Thomas Gipson (42) block the shot of Tulane's Louis Dabney (0) during the second half.

K-State’s Jevon Thomas (5) and Thomas Gipson (42) block the shot of Tulane’s Louis Dabney (0) during the second half.

The Wildcats (9-3) continued their fine defensive play of late. In the first six games of the winning streak they held opponents to 52.8 points on 38.0 percent shooting from the field and those numbers improved Saturday.

Tulane (7-7), which had won its last two games, had plenty of trouble with Kansas State, finishing with a season low in points (the previous was 52 in a loss to Texas State) and shooting percentage (28.6 percent on 12 of 42).

Nigel Johnson added 13 points for the Wildcats, including seven in a 12-1 run that gave Kansas State a 55-29 lead with 9:50 to play.

Freshman point guard Jevon Thomas made his Wildcat debut against the Green Wave in his hometown. In 19 minutes of action, Thomas scored two points and dished out four assists without a turnover.

K-State will conclude non-conference play with a showdown against George Washington on Tuesday afternoon at 2:00pm. The Colonials will bring their 11-1 record to Bramlage Coliseum as they are right on the cusp of the top 25 poll. Pregame starts at 1:00pm on NewsRadio 1350 KMAN from the K-State Sports Network.

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