Second Half Run Sends K-State Past Green Bay in Kansas
MANHATTAN, Kan. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) – The Green Bay men’s basketball team ran into a defensive-minded Kansas State team on Wednesday evening at the Bramlage Coliseum, falling 80-61 on the road to the tough Big 12 team. The Phoenix (3-4) shot just 35.5 percent (22-for-62) and 25.9 percent (7-for-27) from 3 in the loss, while K-State (6-1) shot 56.6 percent (30-for-53) to remain perfect at home.
The inside presence of the Wildcats' big-man D.J. Johnson proved to be a difference-maker, recording four blocked shots and altering many others. The Phoenix tried to hit outside shots as a result, but managed just three in the first half and four in the second.
Wesley Iwundu, Kamau Stokes and Xavier Sneed each hit a 3-pointer during a 13-2 run that put the Wildcats up 30-14 with 7:27 left in the first half. The Phoenix trimmed its deficit to 37-29 at halftime, but Wade and Brown hit back-to-back 3s before a dunk by Iwundu to make it 45-29 fewer than two minutes into the second half and Kansas State led by double figures the rest of the way.
Turner Botz led Green Bay with 11 points, the only player to record double-figures for Green Bay.
Green Bay remains on the road for a trip to Toledo on Saturday, Dec. 3. The Phoenix will look to avenge last year's two-point loss at the Resch Center. Tip is set for 6 p.m. CT at Savage Arena in Toledo, Ohio.
Head Coach Linc Darner
On struggles shooting from the field…
“I think their defense had a lot to do with it. We cannot match their length and size in practice. We are shooting over 6-foot-7 to 6-foot-9 guys. We do not have a lot of those guys to play in practice and it is one area where we have really struggled this year. If you look at our losses, we have not shot the ball very well. I told our guys at halftime that we missed four point-blank layups and we had 10 turnovers. If we make our layups and take care of the ball, we would probably be in the game right now. We would probably be ahead. It is something we have got to get better at right now, but I think their size and length had a lot to do with that.”
On Turner Botz performance…
“I thought he played well. We know what we are going to get with Turner [Botz]. He is going to play hard all the time and give us 110 percent. I thought for the most part we did some good things. When you cannot score, it is really hard sometimes.”
On takeaways from performance…
“I think we got them to throw the ball away a little bit. We had not trapped much this year. I think we got some traps and we were able to get them to turn the ball over. Hopefully, we can build on that.”
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