'A sad day':K-State seniors leave behind legacy, building blocks

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SAN JOSE, Calif. (WIBW) -- It was a heartbreaking end to one of Kansas State's best seasons in years on Friday after the Wildcats fell 70-64 to UC Irvine.

Kansas State seniors Dean Wade (32), Barry Brown Jr., back, and Kamau Stokes, middle, hug as they are replaced during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Oklahoma in Manhattan, Kan., Saturday, March 9, 2019. Kansas State defeated Oklahoma 68-53. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

The loss didn't just mark the end of a run--it marked the end of one legacy and the beginning of another.

"To be a part of their lives, to sit there and watch them cry like babies," said Bruce Weber, K-State head coach, "It's so sad because they're done. You just hate it to come to an end."

Dean Wade, Barry Brown and Kamau Stokes dawned the purple and white for the last time against the Anteaters, though Wade was sidelined with a foot injury.

"I tried," Brown said. "If people don't think so just know that I tried my best. I did everything that I wanted to do as far as working hard, taking coaching, being in the gym extra, being in the coaches room extra, watching film.

"I tried to do my best."

The trio is one of the program's winningest senior classes in school history, finishing with an overall record of 88-51, which includes three NCAA Tournament appearances.

Brown (1,781), Wade (1,510) and Stokes (1,242) combined for 4,533 points over their careers, finishing No. 15, No. 10 and No. 17 on the all-time scoring list, respectively.

Additionally, Brown finishes as the schools all-time leader in games played (139) and steals (254).

Against the Anteaters, Stokes led the way with 18 points.

"I feel like it's harder for me to digest it than it is for those younger guys because they got another chance," Stokes said. "Me, I'm done. It's definitely hard to digest just rethinking things that I could have done, should have done."

UC Irvine was just the third team this season to score 70 or more points against K-State, which ended its season at 25-9.

"It's a really sad day, mainly because of these guys," Weber said. "To be the last time you have a chance to coach them, to be in the locker room with them. Such a special group, and they've done everything we've asked as players, as people, and they're unbelievable representatives of Kansas State University.

"And I can't be more proud of this group."

A group that changed Kansas State basketball forever.