Gipson Leads K-State To 65-53 Win Over TCU

By: Dave Skretta, AP Sports Writer
By: Dave Skretta, AP Sports Writer

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) _ Thomas Gipson had 16 points and 11 rebounds, Marcus Foster added 13 points and Kansas State used a big second-half run to put away TCU 65-53 on Wednesday night.

Nino Williams added 11 points and Will Spradling had 10 for the Wildcats (18-8, 8-5 Big 12), who bounced back from a double-overtime loss at Baylor over the weekend to match a school record with their 14th consecutive win at Bramlage Coliseum.

The Horned Frogs (9-16, 0-13) actually pulled even with Kansas State midway through the second half, but the Wildcats answered with a 15-2 run to seize control. Most of the damage came in the paint, where Gipson and D.J. Johnson were able to use their size to their advantage.

Kyan Anderson led TCU with 23 points, his fourth straight game of at least 20. Karviar Shepherd added 12 points, but otherwise the junior guard got precious little help.

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K-State release:

Kansas State Postgame Notes

Kansas State (18-8, 8-5 Big 12) 65 – TCU (9-16, 0-13 Big 12) 53

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Manhattan, Kan. | Bramlage Coliseum

Miscellaneous Notes

· With today’s win, K-State is now 1,547-1,085 all-time in program history.

· K-State is now 314-98 all-time at Bramlage Coliseum, including 121-79 in conference play.

· Head coach Bruce Weber is now 358-171 in his career and 45-16 in his second season at K-State.

· With the win, K-State has won 14 consecutive games at home, which ties the longest streak in Bramlage Coliseum, and the longest since winning 14 in-a-row from Jan. 15, 2011 to Jan. 7, 2012.

· K-State is now 31-2 at home under Weber, including 15-1 in Big 12 play.

· K-State is now 119-19 overall at home since 2006-07, including 50-15 at home in Big 12 play.

· Tonight’s win ties Bruce Weber (45) with Lon Kruger for the most wins by a head coach in his first two seasons in school history.

· Tonight’s game was the 9th meeting in the series with K-State leading 7-2. The Wildcats are 4-1 in games played in Bramlage Coliseum. K-State is now 4-0 against TCU in the Big 12 era.

· Since 2006-07, the Wildcats are 42-18 in February with a winning record in each of the past five seasons.

· The Wildcats’ starting lineup consisted of freshman guard Marcus Foster, senior guard Will Spradling, junior forward Nino Williams, freshman forward Wesley Iwundu and junior forward Thomas Gipson… This is the 2nd time K-State has used this starting lineup this season and now holds a 1-1 record with this starting five.

Team Notes

· K-State has scored 65 points or less in only 10 games this season with a record of 5-5 in those games.

· K-State connected on 42.6 percent (23-of-54) from the field, including 33.3 percent (5-of-15) from 3-point range.

· K-State held TCU to 36.2 percent (17-of-47) from the field, including 15.4 percent (2-of-13) from the 3-point range.

· K-State continued to share the ball at a high rate, handing out 16 assists. This marks the 16th game that K-State has 15 or more assists.

· K-State has held its opponent to 26 points or less at halftime with a 10-1 record against these opponents, including a 3-1 record in Big 12 play.

· With 32 points in the paint tonight, K-State has led the category in 8 of its past 9 games.

· K-State out-rebounded TCU 47-24, including 18 offensive rebounds, the team’s highest total since Dec. 28, 2013 against Tulane (21).

· The Wildcats won despite committing 18 turnovers, their second-highest total of the season.

Individual Notes

· Junior Thomas Gipson had an outstanding game, scoring 16 points on 5-of-10 field goals, including 6-of-7 from the free throw line. It marked the 15th time this season that Gipson has scored in double-figures.

· Gipson also collected team-high 11 boards, marking his 3rd double-double this season and 4th for his career.

· Freshman Marcus Foster scored in the double-digits for the 21st time this season with 13 points and 6 assists.

· Junior Nino Williams scored 11 points, making it the 5th time scoring in double-digits this season.

· Senior Will Spradling contributed 10 points on 4-of-8 field from the field; including 2-of-5 from 3-point range …He has now scored in double-figures in 8 games this season.

· Senior Omari Lawrence had a bench-high 9 points…Lawrence’s 9 points was his 2nd-highest offensive output this season.

Kansas State Head Coach Bruce Weber
Opening statement…
“It is disappointing in some ways, but it is kind of what you expected. Obviously we had three emotional games in a row, Texas, Kansas and the loss Saturday to Baylor. No matter what we say, we probably are not going to come out with great emotion and focus. I think one of the worst things that happened was when we went up 11-2 because now even if there is some fear I put into them, we just went really flat. I think we got to 14 and stayed there forever, but to their credit, the second half we did a lot better job on (Kyan) Anderson. Between Will (Spradling) and Jevon (Thomas), they got him under control a little bit and then our bench again was very good. Jevon was important in that run. Omari (Lawrence) in the first half had to play the four man. We got into foul trouble and did some good things. D.J. (Johnson) has been good. I wish Thomas (Gipson) could get double-doubles for the rest of the year. Hopefully he can buy into that. Will is just solid. He hit those big three’s down in that run that were very important. I told them it was an NCAA game because if you lose, it really puts you in a bind. At halftime we could have used some motivation. Give the credit to these guys (Will and Thomas). In the second half, we played with a little bit more energy and a little bit more intensity. Now we have to regroup, go to Oklahoma and see what we can do.”

On the upper classmen taking over in the second half…
“I think the focus and the maturity of the young guys, they just were not ready to play. Marcus (Foster) has been so good in this stretch. He is probably mentally a little worn down. Wesley (Iwundu) was not ready. Nigel (Johnson) was not ready. We were throwing balls and hitting guys in the head. I thought Jevon in the second half gave some good energy and did what he could do. It is great that the older guys, that is what you expect. They are supposed to be there. What really hurt us is when we went up 11-2, Nino (Williams) is in and is good in the zone. He flashes, has two fouls and now he has to go out. Now we are rotating D.J., Thomas, Ryan Schultz and Omari. It was some unconventional line-ups and probably cost us a little bit. Somebody seems to step up and we have enough guys that stepped up and made plays.”

On the energy being there in the first half…
“It was not. They will tell you. Obviously it is the first thing on the board. You anticipate that. You could not play off the crowd. They did not get us excited when we had a run, so you have to bring your own energy just like on the road. That is probably why we struggle on the road. We have so many young guys, I am hoping that is part of the reason. Fouls, being a little late, not being in position, we had 18 turnovers against them last time too. They are in a zone, push the ball, flatten them out, swing the ball, and make them make the mistake. Even Thomas wanted the ball. We got it to him today and then he is not ready to make a play. Then he hesitates and now it is a travel. Hopefully we will have a little better focus on Saturday.”

Senior guard Will Spradling
On the upperclassmen taking charge in the second half…
“I felt like the upperclassmen have been doing a good job the last couple of weeks. Obviously Shane (Southwell) has not been able to play, but he has done a good job on the bench helping people out too. Omari (Lawrence) has stepped up and has been big the last couple of weeks. It is something that we need to keep doing.”

On guarding Kyan Anderson…
“We just did a great job of helping. Obviously he is a great one-on-one player and is tough to guard one-on-one. The bigs did a great job of hedging and the guards did a great job of shrinking the gaps and made him give it up.”

On playing Oklahoma…

“They want to play real fast pace. We play up-tempo sometimes, but it is not something that we want to get into with them. We do not want to make it a game of runs. We really have to lockdown on defense and push the ball when we have opportunities but also take care of the ball and be smart.”

Junior forward Thomas Gipson

On beginning of the second half…

“We were fouling, and I do not know if it was us being out of position or how the refs operate, but we played hard. We just fought back and battled. That is what happened.”

On second half exchange with Karviar Shepherd…

“It was the heat of battle and competition. Everybody wants to play hard. I feel like everybody got it going after that. It was good.”

On second half exchanges…

“In the first half, our defense’s energy was not like how we played against Texas and Kansas. Our intensity was not there. We were losing on our play hard chart a little bit. In the second half, we just got it together and started playing more team defense and trying to shut down Kyan Anderson. The energy came from when (Karviar) Shepherd and me got into it. We got into an altercation, but we have to play like that every day.”

TCU Head Coach Trent Johnson
Opening statement…
“We just got worn down by the physicality, mostly in the post. They just wore us down. It seems like the last four or five games, Kyan (Anderson) has played exceptionally well offensively and defensively, making reads in the zone and keeping us in games. I felt like we had a pretty good half and for the most part, we were in the game with thirty minutes left. The ball did not go down for us. Like I said, we could not keep them off of the glass. It was not a lack of effort; it was just them being deeper. Quite frankly everyone in the league is deeper than us in the post. I have a lot of respect for Bruce (Weber) as a coach.”

On lack of effort…
“I thought we did a decent job on the zone. If there is a lack of energy then there is a lack of energy going on. Here is my point about Bruce Weber`s team, when they lose a game, they come back. I have a lot of respect for this team and I have a lot of respect for the guy running their show. He will not let his kids come out flat, especially after a loss. They are playing for too much.“

On TCU`s struggles…
“I need to get everyone playing well. Kyan (Anderson) is starting to struggle a little. We cannot put together back-to-back halves; we are just not a team of the caliber, to be brutally honest. Kansas is a ranked basketball team. Iowa State is a ranked basketball team, so our margin of error is very small.”

Junior Guard Kyan Anderson
On K-State focusing on him more in the second half…
“That is what it seemed like. In the first half, I got going. In the second half, I tried to make adjustments to get the ball out of my hands to force my teammates to make good plays and they did a good job at it.”

On the key of the game…
“I felt like it was intensity on our part. We came out with a lot of intensity and we also came out with a lot of energy. We talked a lot about rebounding the ball well. I feel like we did that a lot. We made good plays on transition opportunities. I felt like that was the biggest thing.”

On TCU’s rebounding…
“On our part, it is just about everybody rebounding, especially with us with the limited amount of players that we have. As a team, we need to do better at getting rebounds no matter what the size difference is. In the second half, it felt like we had a lot of turnovers on our part. So we just have to limit those and rebound better.”

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