K-State Ties School Record with 19 Steals En Route to 80-58 Victory
staff - November 21, 2017 6:11 am
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State tied a school-record with 19 steals, as the Wildcats finished their season-opening homestand unbeaten with an 80-58 win over Northern Arizona at Bramlage Coliseum on Monday night.
The 19-steal performance tied the previous record set on January 10, 1976 set against Tulane at Ahearn Field House. Junior guard Barry Brown led the Wildcats with a career-high six steals, coupled with junior forward Dean Wade, who recorded a career-high 5 steals.
Brown led the four Wildcats in double figures with fifth career 20-point game, while fellow juniors Kamau Stokes and Wade added 16 and 15 points, respectively.
HOW IT HAPPENED
K-State came firing early, as the first three Wildcat baskets came from beyond the arc. Junior Kamau Stokes got the scoring started with an opening 3-pointer, and Wade and sophomore forward Xavier Sneed followed suit, adding treys of their own to jump out to a 9-4 lead.
Defensively, the Wildcats suffocated the Lumberjacks into turnovers, forcing 19 turnovers in the first half. Among the defensive pressure, Brown swiped 3 of the team’s 10 steals, resulting in easy points on the other end.
With the pressure on the defensive end, K-State was able to total 28 points off turnovers in the first half, including 14 fast-break points, as Brown and Stokes each reached double digits with 12 points and 10 points, respectively at halftime. K-State led 43-27 at half behind the points off turnovers and 53.3 percent (16-of-30) from the field, while holding Northern Arizona to 8-of-17 shooting in the half.
Out of the break, the Wildcats continued where they left off, spouting off a 6-0 run to open the half, including multiple forced turnovers on defense.
Throughout the game, the defensive pressure from K-State was too much to handle, as the Wildcats forced a total of 31 turnovers as a team, including 6 steals from Brown and 5 steals from Wade, which helped lead the Wildcats to their historic effort.
Brown continued his hot hand from the first half, as he shot 9-of-13 from the field in the game to lead to his 20 points, tied for fourth-best in his career. Brown led four Wildcat scorers who hit double-digits, as Stokes tallied 16, Wade scored 15 and Sneed added 12 points. Brown also added 2 assists and 6 steals to his impressive stat line.
The Wildcats connected on 50 percent (31-of-62) from the field in the game. The defensive pressure held the Lumberjacks to 39 percent shooting (16-of-41) from the field, including 25 percent (5-of-19) from beyond the arc.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Barry Brown – scored a new season-high 20 points and swiped away 6 steals from the Lumberjacks, as Brown helped lead a defensive-charged attack. Brown shot 9-of-13 from the field in the game to earn his third double-digit scoring effort of the season.
STAT OF THE GAME
19 – K-State recorded 19 steals on Monday night, tying a program-best 19 steals recorded against Tulane on January 10, 1976. The historic effort was led by several career-highs in steals, as Brown and Wade recorded 6 and 5 steals, respectively. Stokes also added 3 steals.