Dean Wade helps lead K-State past Le­high

The Wichita Eagle (Sunday) - - Sports - BY JARRETT WHIT­SON

The Kansas State men’s bas­ket­ball team re­turned to the main­land, back from the Vir­gin Is­lands with a Par­adise Jam cham­pi­onship tro­phy.

And the Wild­cats re­turned in style, beat­ing Le­high 77-58 on Sat­ur­day at Bram­lage Coli­seum.

It was a tightly con­tested, slow-paced first half, the Wild­cats lead­ing just 37-35 at half­time, but K-State opened things up in the se­cond half for the dou­ble-digit vic­tory.

Dean Wade led the way with 18 points for the Wild­cats, who im­proved to 6-0.

Le­high went on a 7-0 run shortly af­ter the first me­dia time­out, jump­ing out to a 17-13 lead be­fore K-State guard Ka­mau Stokes put an end to the run with a three-pointer at the 11:14 mark.

Af­ter trail­ing 31-26 with around five and a half min­utes to go, K-State called a time­out, then closed the half on an 11-4 run and had a 37-35 lead at the break. Jor­dan Co­hen was a key player for Le­high in the first half, as the ju­nior guard scored nine points to go along with five as­sists.

K-State dom­i­nated the of­fen­sive boards with seven re­bounds in the first half, but only scored four se­cond-chance points.

The Wild­cats scored six straight points to start the se­cond half, forc­ing Le­high to take a time­out.

Stokes con­tributed to the run with a strong drive to the rim that re­sulted in a layup, and later at­tacked the base­line and found Wade open for a layup.

En­ergy and emo­tion is how K-State head coach Bruce We­ber de­scribed the se­cond half for K-State.

“All our guys had a lit­tle more emo­tion, a lit­tle more en­ergy, were a lit­tle more ag­gres­sive, we got stops,” We­ber said.

K-State sopho­more guard Mike McGuirl made a three­p­oint shot at just un­der the 10-

minute mark which gave the Wild­cats a 57-45 lead. K-State never looked back and outscored Le­high 40-23 in the se­cond half.

In the first half, Wade scored just four points on 1-of-5 shoot­ing.

Af­ter the game, We­ber spoke about Wade’s firsthalf per­for­mance.

“Dean’s gotta be as­sertive,” We­ber added. “He can’t be mild any­more like he was his fresh­man year. I think he’s got­ten a lot bet­ter, but he still has times when he’s a lit­tle too cau­tious.”

Wade was more ac­tive in the se­cond half, scor­ing 14 points on 5-of-7 shoot­ing. He had eight re­bounds to go with his game-high 18 points.

Fel­low se­niors Barry Brown and Stokes joined Wade in the dou­ble fig­ure with 16 and 10 points, re­spec­tively. Each at­tacked the bas­ket sev­eral times, mak­ing layups amidst con­tact.

“They (Le­high) gave us driv­ing lanes and we were able to just go in there and fin­ish,” Brown said.

Brown also had four steals in the game, all in the first half, and sur­passed 200 ca­reer steals at K-State, as well as moved up to ninth place on the school’s all-time scor­ing list.

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