K-State tops KU in Sunflower Showdown

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From K-State Athletics

Kansas State’s senior trio of Barry Brown, Jr. (18), Dean Wade (12) and Kamau Stokes (9) combined for 39 points to lift the Wildcats to a 74-67 win over No. 13/14 Kansas in the 290th edition of the Dillons Sunflower Showdown in front of a sold-out crowd of 12,528 at Bramlage Coliseum on Tuesday.

With the win, K-State (17-5, 7-2 Big 12) ends an 8-game skid against Kansas, winning its first contest against the Jayhawks since 2015. The Wildcats have now won 7 consecutive games in Big 12 play for the first time in nearly 10 years and the first time since also winning 7 in a row from Feb. 2 to Feb. 27, 2010.

K-State used a resilient effort that saw the Wildcats lead for nearly 29 minutes, that included a clutch effort in the waning minutes of the game.

With under two minutes left, junior Xavier Sneed knocked down a contested 3-pointer in the corner that gave the Wildcats a 6-point lead (67-61) with 1:15 left, before sophomore Cartier Diarra came through with a steal and windmill dunk in transition that would essentially put the game away with 48 seconds remaining.

The all-around K-State effort included the Wildcats shooting 43.1 percent (25-of-58) from the field in the game, while connecting on 41.7 percent (10-of-24) from beyond the arc. The 10 3-pointers were the fifth time this season the Wildcats have achieved the mark, including the second in a row.

Brown had a game-high 18 points on 5-of-10 field goals to go with a game-tying 5 assists, 4 rebounds and 2 steals in playing all 40 minutes, while Wade added a near double-double with 12 points and a game-high 9 rebounds to go along with a game-tying 5 assists. Joining Brown and Wade in double figures were Sneed (14) and Diarra (11), as the Wildcats moved to 7-1 this season when four players or more scored double digits.

Kansas (17-6, 6-4 Big 12) suffers its fourth-straight defeat on the road, as the Jayhawks fell to just 1-6 on the road. The Jayhawks were led by 18 points from junior forward Dedric Lawson, who also added a team-high 9 rebounds.

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