Stokes Reaches 1,000 Points, Cats Fight Off George Mason

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From K-State Sports

Senior Kamau Stokes scored a game-high 20 points en route to becoming the 30th Wildcat in school history to score 1,000 career points, as K-State fought off a furious George Mason comeback attempt to win 59-58 at Bramlage Coliseum on Saturday.

With the win, K-State (10-2) extended its non-conference winning streak at Bramlage Coliseum to 29 games. The Wildcats are now 7-0 in home venues this season and have won nine consecutive games at Bramlage Coliseum.

K-State survived a strong second-half comeback attempt from George Mason (6-7), with the Patriots outscoring the Wildcats 42-23 after halftime, including a 15-4 comeback in the final five minutes of play.

With only 1.2 seconds remaining, GMU was unable to secure the inbound, as K-State was able to deflect the ball and escape with a one-point victory to the delight of 9,973 in attendance.

The comeback attempt came after the Wildcats held the Patriots to the fewest first half points of the season (18).

Stokes reached the 1,000-point plateau in the first half, connecting on a free throw with 30 seconds left in the opening frame to achieve the milestone while helping the Wildcats to as much as a 21-point advantage.

Stokes joins teammates Barry Brown, Jr., and Dean Wade in achieving the milestone, becoming the first senior class to each top 1,000 points in a career. Stokes’ 20 points marked his eight career 20-point game, as he scored in double figures for the 58th career game, including his ninth this season.

Stokes was joined in double figures by junior Xavier Sneed (13) and Brown (12). Sneed nearly totaled a double-double finishing with a game-high 9 rebounds, as he has at least 9 boards in 4 of the last 5 games.

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