K-State Shoots Down Gonzaga

Marcus Foster and Thomas Gipson scored 14 points apiece to lead four players in double figures and the Wildcats fought off several Gonzaga surges in the second half as K-State defeated the Zags 72-62 before 13,224 Saturday afternoon at Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita in the 2013 Wichita Wildcat Classic.

Foster’s three-pointer just 11 seconds into the contest sparked an 8-2 run to get the Wildcats started. Gonzaga then went on a 12-5 run to grab a 14-13 lead with 11:28 left in the first half. Shane Southwell’s three pointer helped K-State regain the lead at 18-15 and from there K-State outscored the Zags 11-9 to lead 29-24 at halftime. The Wildcats stretched the lead to nine points with the first two baskets of the second half, but 15th-ranked Gonzaga refused to roll over and came storming back even taking a 52-51 lead with nine minutes remaining.

Nigel Johnson’s layup 36 seconds later gave the Wildcats an advantage they would never relinquish as K-State would outscore the Zags from that point on 19-10 while extending their current winning streak to six games. Perhaps the game’s signature moment came earlier in the second half when Foster threw down a monster one-handed dunk igniting the Pro-Wildcat crowd at Intrust.

Other high scorers for K-State were Wesley Iwundu with 13 points and Southwell with 11. Kevin Pangos led Gonzaga with 14 points.

Kansas State (8-3) will next be in action on December 28 as they make their first-ever visit to the Barclays Center, home of the Brooklyn Nets where they will face Tulane in the Brooklyn Hoops Festival. Tipoff will be at 4 p.m.

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