TOPEKA, Kan. (THE DRIVE) The men started their tournament birth this season with a win against Wake Forest.
Kamau Stokes scored 19 of his 22 points in the second half of a wide-open game on Tuesday night, and Kansas State's balance was the difference as the Wildcats pulled away to a 95-88 victory over Wake Forest in the First Four.
In a matchup of two versatile offenses, the Wildcats had the most options and hot shooters. Wesley Iwundu added 24 points, and D.J. Johnson scored 18.
Eleventh-seeded K-State (21-13) got its first NCAA Tournament win in five years and a trip to play No. 6 Cincinnati on Friday in Sacramento, which would be their last game of the season.
The Bearcats took care of their business and the No. 6 jinx with an impressive shooting display, shooting 62 percent. Cincinnati is known for its defense and did that, too, preventing Kansas State (21-14) from making much of a run after building a 17-point lead.
The Wildcat's had it close at times, but ultimately lost 75-61. Wesley Iwundu led Kansas State with 19 points, even with getting into early foul trouble.
The lady Cat's had a little better luck defeating Drake on Saturday 67-54. Breanna Lewis had 23 points and 11 rebounds and Kindred Wesemann added 16 points.
Kansas State had the benefit of playing at home, and will again when they take on seed No. 2 Stanford on Monday.